You know how some crappy days never seem to end? That was today. From before I left the house for work until after a 4-mile walk, my day was crap from end to end. But as my walk ended, I walked into my backyard and began expanding my garden. Although I am exhausted from a difficult day, I am going to sleep feeling a little better for having played Garden.
Let's start out with the rhubarb. Do you remember the tiny little plant that got started early this spring? This is what it has become.
And folks have picked some already! Tomorrow after work I'm meeting someone I've never met before so she can pick some. One of my students introduced us this morning via email. She makes jam for a farmer's market and she's going to use my pesticide-free rhubarb! I get jam!
Next, these are my chives. I liked chewing them a month ago. I need to put chives in my google machine to learn more, but I like the purple flowers and for my little point and shoot, I thought this came out nicely.
My peonies were perfection yesterday, but a storm was blowing in so I ran out and took photos of them before they became laden with water. They never seem the same after a storm. Again, for my point and shoot camera, I was very happy with this photo:
Lastly, and I see now that I put these in backwards, we expanded my garden this evening!! I decided on the smother method, so cardboard and newsprint went down, was wetted with the hose and then covered with mulch. First is the after photo followed by the before photo.
You can see how the garden has finally become crowded, so this fall I will start moving things around and spreading things out for everyone.
I think Cypress mulch must have a lot of oil in it. I don't have allergies, but my eyes were burning somethin' fierce. I took off my garden gloves and I washed my hands right away. I must have touched my eyes because they started to burn so badly I considered gouging, but decided it was a permanent solution to a temporary problem. I just jumped in the shower with my face wash.
Have a nice day.