Thursday, May 27, 2010

May in the Garden

This year has been quirky in our Midwest garden, that's for sure.

We planted early -- spinach, radishes, and sugar snap peas. But the weather got so warm so fast that our early crops bolted. Our spinach harvest was about half it's usual bounty and our radishes had leafy tops but woody roots. The peas are long and leggy -- already as tall as I am. The hubs has trellised them twice already, and they are still growing!

On the upside, the peas are now in bloom and the bees are hard at work and plentiful. Our strawberries are going gangbusters and our roses are more gorgeous than they've ever been.

Yesterday, I took a little time in the garden to pull out the last of the non-performing crops to get ready for peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant. Hopefully, summer in the garden will be more productive than Spring has been.

In the meantime, we're spending plenty of time enjoying our flowers.

This rose is 'Paradise' -- it makes me wish Midwest Moms had smell-o-vision. The fragrance is amazing!

On our arbor is a blend of 'Don Juan' and 'Joseph's Coat'. Both are taller than me now, with very little winter die-back this year. I think it won't be long until the arbor is completely covered.

A new addition to the wildflower garden this year is Lupine. It's flower stalks are striking. (I think it's my new favorite.)

And I found this little flower out in the garden, too! She sure is beautiful... but growing like a weed!

So tell me... how does your garden grow this year?

- Midwest Mom


  1. We planted ahead of schedule too--and everything looks fantastic! I added lupines last year and they have just begun to bloom. Yay!

  2. I'm giving it up this year. Last year it was an exercise in futility. I'm growing a few herbs and a couple of tomatoes and our strawberries from last year came back like gangbusters, but that's it.

    Our roses are doing great, but they're nowhere near as beautiful as yours are.

    The last flower is especially precious. :)

  3. Your roses are beautiful and I can almost smell them. We're still waiting for summer to kick in here in Oregon :)

  4. I have the urge to garden, but since we are moving mid-June, I didn't plant any veggies. We did manage to get a strawberry harvest.

    My perennials need divided this year. I hope that I have the free time and energy to dig at least some of them up and take half of each the week we move.

    But I probably won't :(

    I am absolutely going to dig up the irises that we procured from the greenhouse at Allerton. My husband and I were married in front of the lavender hued irises at Allerton and they are a reminder each spring as they bloom.

  5. Love the flowers tat you have in your garden! I hope mine will turn out the same way as yours.

  6. I grew up in the midwest with a terrific Mother. So yes, they are something special.

  7. Glad to see someone who enjoys what they do. Keep it up!


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