It’s been a week since I finished the spring planting (well – other than what’s going to go into pots), and it has been cloudy and rainy since. Very dreary, yes, but excellent weather for new seedlings and newly planted seed. The milder temperatures (low to mid 70s) with no scorching sun, plus daily rain (even if a drizzle), have enabled my transplants to adjust perfectly. I haven’t lost a single one! And all of my seeds have germinated or are beginning to poke out of the ground. As Luke Bryan says in his song, “Where I come from, rain is a good thing!”
I have lots of seedlings and new transplants, which I will show you in this week’s posts of How My Garden Grows in April. Today, I’ll focus on other things going on in my garden.
Last year, I won an ajuga plant, and I left it in the pot, waiting to transplant it this spring. However, the frost killed it….or so I thought. With the warmer weather, look what was resurrected.
One of my elderberries is already flowering.
My yard is full of mock strawberry plants. They grow like weeds here, but I don’t mind because the birds love them. They’re fruiting all over the yard now. (The fruit are about the size of your pinky fingernail.)
My hydrangea are starting to bud.
I planted white and pink astilbe a month ago. The white ones are supposed to grow six inches taller than the pink ones, so I planted them behind the pink ones. However, the pink ones are growing faster than the white ones, and they already have flower buds!
The other day, I noticed my raspberry canes are starting to get buds on them. C’mon, raspberries!
I noticed that my Red Creole onions, which I started from seed in the fall, is bulbing up. (Interspersed among them are Texas Granex white onions I planted from sets in February, so they’re not bulbing up yet.) Harvest will be sometime mid to end of May.
This is my first time growing okra, so I didn’t know what the seedling would look like. It’s a hairy-leafed thing.
IN THE GARDEN:
I didn’t realize how much elderberry trees/bushes spread. I have new canes coming up through the grass, four or five feet from the original canes!
While walking around the garden this week, I saw this funky asparagus growing. The spear literally curled and then grew upright. Wow.
Remember my Black Krim tomato cutting from last fall? A month or so ago, I had to cut it down into a second cutting. Well, both cuttings are doing well, transplanted into the tomato bed. The original cutting has flowers, so it must be happy. (Sorry for the less-than-crisp picture. It was starting to rain again, and I had to hurry back inside.)
The tiny onions I harvested last spring were replanted in the fall. Because this was their second winter, they bolted and now are opening into beautiful allium flowers.
My comfrey is now in full flower. I admit, I was a little disappointed because I expected bluish lavender flowers. These are lavender-tinted white. But, they’re still pretty.
Here are the flowers closeup.
Although both my key lime trees are growing back from the root, the younger of my two key lime trees has larger growth…for now.
For some reason, I missed sharing with you a couple of pictures of birds at my feeder last week. So I’m sharing them with you today.
IN THE KITCHEN:
I didn’t harvest anything this week, but I do have a lot of last year’s garlic left. With the new garlic harvest coming in June, I need to use the rest of this batch soon! So, I tried my hand at garlic soup last night. Let’s just say, it needs a little work. When I perfect it, I’ll share the recipe with you…in plenty of time for this year’s garlic harvest.
What’s going on in your garden this week?