Ellen Million (ellenmillion) wrote,
Ellen Million

Tuesdaily with gardens

Young Guppy and I went to the botanical gardens this morning - there was BLUE sky, and since I have a membership there, I now want to go every chance that I get. It was GORGEOUS, and I brought my camera. I am already in love with Lightroom, which I (reluctantly) bought for my photography class.

We spent an hour or more there, then went to the store for a whirlwind of grocery shopping, then home to split a box of Mac and Cheeeese (plus bacon and strawberries...), and now she's upstairs making little tiny nap protests that aren't really protests so much as minor announcements that she's not asleep yet and excited conversations with her doll. She should be exhausted - there was a lot of romping!

My own gardens have produced about four strawberries now - delicious, sweet, and tiny! There are a few pieces of broccoli nearly edible, and the chives have put out handfuls of purple flowers. The cilantro has bolted (as it did last year), and I'm letting it go to merry seed to see if I can get it to come back next spring, too. I did get one good serving out of it. The basil is about due for thinning, and I think we'll get a serving or two of little chard. The Romanesque looks gorgeous but isn't producing heads. I caught a bee sleeping in the garden this morning when it was still cold. I did his job for him and pollinated the zucchini, since I FINALLY have two of the right flowers blooming at the same time. There's one growing that I'm not sure got pollinated, so I'm nervously waiting for it to start rotting on its stem. (Note to self: next year, grow more than one zucchini plant.) The broccoli I planted in the native soil have turned BRIGHT orange and produced no fruit, so that was a dead loss. The violas I am leaving unpruned, and they are bright, gorgeous carpets of more flower than green. The violets have all gone to seed and I've been collecting the seed pods and spreading them wild all over the yard in places I'd love to see them grow (but have no high hopes). The aphid-eaten delphiniums are struggling into bloom, and the lilies (quite a number of them, actually!) are still green buds that promise some later color. I'm not sure the little cucumber plant has changed at all. No blossoms!

Is that silence? I'm going to attempt something creative, send some Sketch Fest payments, or poke at emails.
Tags: garden, guppy, photos

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