Monday, July 14, 2014

scenes from the front garden





The garden is growing beautiful and lush. The slow Spring and perfect summer days filled with a good amount of sunshine and rain in the evenings has been helping everything along.

The returning crops this year: blackberries (ripening), gooseberries, red and white currants, grapes(ripening), cherries, apples (ripening), peaches (ripening), strawberries (though much less then originally were here due to their lifespan), chives, lemon balm, lavender and mint. We lost our rhubarb and continue to lose strawberries. We have been trying to replace the strawberry plants over the past two years (about 30-40 a year) slowly but there were so many it's hard to get it back to where it once was.

Planted this year: blueberries,lots of basil, mojito mint, chocolate mint, rainbow chard, kale, eggplant, tomatoes: (mexico midget, chocolate cherry , pink berkely tie dye, indigo apple and red zebra,) purple cauliflower, beets, sugar baby watermelon, sleeping beauty melon, tomatillo, a variety of sweet peas, tri color garden beans, zinnia, lettuces: (red romaine, arugula, spinach, radicchio, rocky top mix, mesculun, green oak leaf), bachelor's buttons, cosmos, nasturtium, radish, sugar ann and dwarf gray snap pea, borage, leek, fairy meadow seeds, rosemary, cilantro, parsley, garlic, peppers: (shepherd frying, thai hot, chocolate beauty), marigolds, snapdragon, chamomile, oregano, sweet woodruff, zucchini, cucumber, yellow button flower and rumex. I am sure I forgot a few things but, this gives you a pretty good idea of what's growing. As I harvest I plant new seeds and plants.
My daughter is in love with berries and has fallen hard for the gooseberries and eats them right off the bush before I can do anything with them ;)
I made some currant jam and lavender shortbread recently and am really loving garlic scape pesto.

Happy Bastille Day France!