As I write this, we’re going into our first heatwave of the summer. The temperatures are expected to be in the 80s and above with overnight temps not below 60 for the next week. I’m delighted.
It’s finally warm enough that I can wear shorts and sleeveless tops. It’s finally warm enough that I can wear (age appropriate) skimpy dresses and leggings, and be warm. I spend a good six months of the year in Michigan fighting off cold. Then another two or three floundering in heat, which leaves maybe three or four where the weather is just right.
Maybe I should move to San Diego.
Ivan, the big grey cat, is very happy it’s warm. It means the windows are open most every day and through the night, so there are adventures afoot. He spends a lot of time on the window ledges paying attention to every little sound and smell. He moves from window to window, from bed to chair to couch. And if I move, he moves to be near me.
The indoor plants moved outside over Memorial Day weekend, and while they suffered with the initial shock of being outside, they have adapted and dance with glee in any rains.
The nasturium seeds I bought from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds are starting to appear. The violets, tulips, and daffodils have long since come and gone.
One pentunia thrives in a discarded boot. I also planted up two rainboots with petunias, but they made their way over to a friend’s new home.
Garden Master Plan Ideas
I’ve been fiddling with a master plan that incorporates elements of permaculture, foodscaping, and English country gardens. My idea is that there will be many pretty flowers from spring to winter, plus some declicious food to eat. It’s not that I want to provide every bit of nourishment for myself, but more than I want to have *some* things. And have enough to share, too.
You can see I have highly sophisticated design skills. There is a dwarf plum tree in place, but the rest is mostly grass and weeds.
And then there are the patio pavers.
Sometime in April? May? I came home from work, and spotted a landscape crew removing patio pavers from the neighbor’s yard. They stacked the pavers by the tree…just across the property line from my garage. This is in town, so the distance from my garage to the pile of patio pavers (say that three times fast) was about three steps.
Hmm, patio pavers that no one wants? I’ll take them!
I talked with the landscaper in charge, and he agreed that if I could move them, they were mine.
I moved all twenty of those very heavy 17″ square pavers…mostly by rolling them towards the garage. And the pavers inspired this masterwork:
The peach tree is already in place. The future patio is covered in tarp to kill the grass and weeds. The lettuce and flowers are currently weeds, overgrown weeds mostly. And randomly placed patio pavers, of course, because where else would you stack them than on the ground?
The autumn rush to plant allium really paid off this spring. I planted maybe twenty of various heights and colors, and they’ve all popped up. I love this kind, which reminds me of stars.
And regarding house plants, I’m not sure there’s anything so satisfying as seeing a succulent bloom.
For years, there’s nothing, and then on a long, slender stem, these delicate, pale salmon and green flowers appear. Beautiful.
Because I’ve had trouble with tomatoes planted in ground over the last couple of years, I decided to plant only in a pot this year.
I bought two cherry tomato plants, and one tomatillo plant, and yep – the tomatoes already have blooms.
I still don’t know what this plant is…maybe a hosta? Or delphinium? It’s 4 feet tall!
I’m not mowing quite as much as I have in the past, so these delicate flowers appeared. What the heck are they?
These climbing roses are in three different places in the yard. They bloom every spring around Memorial Day, and stay until July.
The chives are also blooming this time of the year as are the peonies.
I bought some hens and chicks recently. They’re incredibly popular with bloggers and crafters, and pretty easy to grow in the garden, too.
I split the package in two, so some will stay outside while others (below) will come inside for the winter.
That’s what’s growing in my garden in early June 2017. By the time you read this it will be two weeks on, and I imagine I’ll be seeing the first of the Phlox – hurrah!
What’s growing in your garden?