Can I show you my garden?
This is, beyond a shadow, the most beautiful, flower-filled, viney, better-homes-and-gardens, fairy dust, glossy magazine centerfold, rockstar, dreamboat, fairest-of-them-all, wish-upon-a-star, garden of dreams garden than I’ve ever grown before….
I took first-planted pictures to include, so you can see how it has grown!
Here it is now:
These are still the spring flowers – gradually being tugged out and seeds saved for next season – shungiku, Love-in-a-mist (nigella or black cumin), dianthus, honeywort, black prince snap dragons, strawflower, and scarlet legion poppies.
For the first time ever, sweet peas are blooming in my garden. I didn’t know they smelled so sweet.
A month ago, i harvested the barley. It wasn’t a good harvest. A heavy rain storm just at the end of ripening lodged and spoiled a lot of it.
The black barley, with a slightly longer season, did well. A good reason to grow many kinds of things!
Just after the flowers are the tomatoes. I’m growing them on tall trellises this year.
Then there are beds filled with bush beans, and low trellises planted with melons, doubleclick cupcake blush cosmos and Oklahoma pink zinnias. The pink flowers in the front are an experimental planting of spring buckwheat.
The bush beans are doing very well – too well! Left to right – Red Swan, Royalty Purple Pod, Dragon Tongue, Beurre De Rocquencourt, Maxibel French bean, and Roma beans.
I didn’t mean to plant so many, but i got a package of seeds to try from a new seed company – Kitchen Garden Seeds. They have a great selection of heirloom seeds (all my favorites), and their seed packets are generously filled and have a very good germination rate.
Hobbes was in the garden with me this morning! Here are beds of ground cherries, sunberries, tomatillos, and eggplants, planted with yellow canary zinnias and holy basil. Behind them is a row of cardoon, planted with Zinderella Peach zinnias, the amaranth trial behind, and in the very back a border of lemonade sunflowers-
They are fuzzy like the teddy bear sunflowers, but they are tall.
The peppers are prolific this year. Many of the hot peppers overwintered, and were simply trimmed back and mulched.
On the other side are the millet trials – just a few small test plots. I am saving back half the seeds to try a fall planting. The varieties are Dragon Claw, Mochi Awan, and Hell’s Canyon. Beyond is a test plot of a sorghum from Adaptive Seeds. The row beyond is Valencia peanuts and Candystick zinnias (LOVE these!).
Then the first planting of sweet corn. This picture is old. It’s tasselling now.
Now there are the gourd tunnels, planted with edible luffa, Cucuzzi gourds, bitter melon and jelly melons.
The Queen Lime zinnias are planted here, near the galaxies of flowering dill above the celery, parsley, and celeriac left from winter.
Across the path are the cucumbers, Bush Pickle from Kitchen Garden Seeds, planted on low trellises with Bloody Mary nasturtiums, bright lights cosmos, Rubenza cosmos, and Tithonia.
Next is a bed of summer squash – Benning’s Green Tint patty pan squash, Costata Romanesco zucchini, and yellow crookneck squash, with State Fair zinnias.
Almost the very back has winter vegetables – kale, collards, and broccoli still growing!
Not pictured, but after this is a second planting of sweet corn, pole beans, beets, parsnips, cow peas, goji berries and sunflowers.
Would you believe me that this is only half the garden? The other half is still in progress – i have planted there watermelon, pigeon peas, winged beans, cassava, pumpkins, Chinese noodle beans, okra, sesame, more corn, sweet potatoes, malabar spinach, molokhia, and Roselle.
As Rose said when she came to find me the other day as i was weeding, “This is a crazy garden. “