It's been a long and busy winter and early spring, what with teaching and being out of town for conferences, running here and running there... I didn't even get time to grow my own starts this year, alas.
But here we are in May, past the last average frost date by two weeks, it's a sunny weekend, so dare we start some summer planting?
This morning started with some plant shopping, yielding a nice little haul of annual flowers and some veggies. I even found Brandywine and Cherokee Purple tomato starts at the garden center. Add a gallon of stinky fish fertilizer, that magical stuff, and we're off.
Yeah, dinky little starts tucked into their garden beds don't make for impressive photographs, do they? But they will once summer gets going.
Since "last average frost date" is just an average and isn't always to be trusted anyway, I tucked the tomatoes, squash, and melons in under tomato cozies and cat litter jugs with the bottoms cut out. Lettuce, chard, and spinach should be just fine.
Around the garden, the Irix tenax is in bloom:
As are these sky-blue dwarf iris:
Columbine have been popping up everywhere in fresh new colors each year:
Salmon pink and deep burgundy together -- stunning!
And doubly stunning when seen from below, looking up at the overhanging pine and the blue sky:
It's beginning to look a lot like suuummmerrr!