Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 6/2/14

We finally got some rain this past weekend! It wasn’t as much as I would’ve liked, but it gave my garden a decent watering. The temperature will be down in the 80s until midweek, too. That will be a welcome respite from the 90+ degree heat we can’t seem to shake. The garden is producing more fruit, and my bulb-flowers are now blooming.

HARVESTS:

I pulled the last of the purple plum radishes this week. The bulk of the watermelon radishes should be ready soon.

Radish harvest ~ May 28

Radish harvest ~ May 28

I harvested the rest of my potatoes this weekend, so I could have the bed ready to plant peanuts.

Red potato harvest ~ May 29

Red potato harvest ~ May 29

Purple potato harvest ~ May 29

Purple potato harvest ~ May 29

FRUITING:

This weekend, I found the first fruits on the Boston pickling cucumbers, the Black Valentine snap beans, the Black Krim tomatoes, and my newest key lime tree.

Boston Pickling cucumber

Boston Pickling cucumber

Black Valentine snap beans

Black Valentine snap bean

Black Krim tomato

Black Krim tomato

Key limes

Key limes

My honeydew plants are growing a third melon while the first two melons are getting bigger.

Honeydew melons

Honeydew melons

The Mock Indian strawberries in my yard are fruiting well, and the birds visit often to eat them.

Mock Indian strawberry fruit

Mock Indian strawberry fruit

FLOWERING:

My lima beans are now flowering.

Lima beans flowering

Lima beans flowering

A couple of mornings ago, I was walking through the garden and marveled at how pretty my flowering squash and melons looked.

Squash and melons flowering

Squash and melons flowering

I planted liatris bulbs along my fence a couple of years ago, and it’s starting to bloom.

Liatris blooming

Liatris blooming

I can’t believe my gladioli are starting to bloom already. In May?? They usually bloom in July. Got to be due to the unseasonable heat.

Gladiolus blooming

Gladiolus blooming

I bought these chrysanthemums last fall. Not only did they make it through two ice storms this past winter, but they are blooming despite the heat!

Chrysanthemums blooming

Chrysanthemums blooming

ELSEWHERE IN THE GARDEN:

Both my Boston Pickling and Beit Alpha cucumbers are climbing the trellis and putting forth female flowers.

Boston Pickling cucumbers climbing trellis

Boston Pickling cucumber vines climbing trellis

Speaking of climbing, my Cream of Saskatchewan watermelon vines are climbing the fence!

Cream of Saskatchewan watermelon vines

Cream of Saskatchewan watermelon vines

My Glass Gem corn is almost as tall as I am now!

Glass Gem corn growing

Glass Gem corn growing

I have a cardinal couple that comes to my bird feeder every day (among other birds that visit, too). While eating breakfast on my patio the other day, I was able to get a picture of them with my cell phone.

Cardinal couple at my birdfeeder

Cardinal couple at my birdfeeder

What’s happening in your garden?

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2 comments on “Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 6/2/14

  1. We are eating our first harvest of Roma pole beans tonight! So pricey at Publix, so that is the only bean I grow. Bring on the butter!

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