It all started a few weeks ago, the little white flowers were kissed by busy bees. They gathered up their nectar and pollinated as they pleased. So today we eat the rewards of their hard works, as we enjoy the pie, that sits upon our forks.
Strawberry season...the memory it brings of eating strawberries right out of Grannie's garden, is one of my most memorable tastes. Grannie is in the heavenly realm now, but her love of gardening, also passed to my own mom (also in the heavenly realm) has always been one of the best parts of summer...excuse me now, I have some dirt to hand till around the lilac plants.
People garden for a variety of reasons. Some raise food, some is land reclamation, some to create a homestead, some to provide a place for relaxation, to research plants, fresh air and sunshine, to enjoy wildlife, a place for children to play, some of it is just for the memories. There are of course a lot of reasons. Personally, I find it relaxing and refreshing. The gardens or yard are also places full of memories. Family visits, pet antics, new plant life after a long winter, friends that visit, and also memories of people we have known. The iris remind me of one such memory. The background is different, the year is much later, and people are different, but the iris are the same. A stately flower, speaking volumes of years past, and probably for years to come. Well, for whatever the reason you garden, I hope yours speaks volumes to you and provides you with a keen sense of who you are, where you have been, where you are going. Like the quilts of our lives, everyday, I sow a little here, sow a little there, replace a plant here, replace one there....have a great week-end.
Our potato patch is doing well, about a foot high and will blossom soon. 4 cucumber plants and some artichoke plants on the edge of the garden, and some current bushes. My strawberry bed bedlow, and berries are just starting to turn red this week. A little garden snake to guard the berries.
These Russell Lupines seem to like where they are at. There is a pink, the purple/burgandy one, and a white one. I have a purple on in my pics, but that plant is in another area. I tried them in a couple of places to see where they would adapt the best, and these plants have taken off a bit better. Once planted they really can't be moved due to their long tap root, they don't like a lot of water. But they are a hardy plant, tolerating zone 2-3 winters, and even start to send up flower buds when frost still lingers. A bit crowded here, but lupines shouldn't be moved, so may have to take the iris and move some of them. The humingbirds, and bees love them. Lots of bumble bees on them and the raspberries this week. Actually, I have never seen so many bumble bees. When I was watering the raspberries, there were about 50 bumble bees hoving on the blossoms. But I carefully moved the soaker hose slowly and quietly down the row, not bothering them, and they bothered me not at all. Nice to see them gathering and moving pollen.