Ah, May. A month to savour the colours and scents of the Pacific Northwest. The biggie - lilacs, all in bloom right now, and with the (for us) warmth of the air, you catch their scent before you see them. At the ranch, add to the lilacs the beautifully sweet scent of the two 'Brandywine' crabapples and the early shrub rose 'Jaqueline du Pre' along with the first of the sweet peas, and you'll know why I spend a lot of time out in the garden right now. Besides the obvious - WEEDS, and lots of 'em. And with the dry, warm days, the watering routine is back in action once again. It's fairly unusual for us to be this rain-free this time of year, but hey - we'll take it, after last month. Along with the weeding, planting out the cukes, thinning the carrots, keeping the peas trained to their trellis and getting the corn up kept us busy out in the garden. And I have started finishing up the hanging baskets and getting going on the ground pots as well. I planted an entire plug tray of 'Durango' marigolds figuring that out of the hundred plugs, probably only half would come up. I sure don't know how to count, because last I checked, about 10 plugs were empty. Good thing my pal Donna loves marigolds, 'cause she's gonna get some, along with all the extra snapdragons that I hadn't planned on coming up. Tomorrow, I'm headed to Gathering Together Farms up in Philomath for a tomato grafting class - I'm really excited about this. I missed last month's class but made sure I was first in line for this one. I am so sold on grafted tomatoes that I can't wait to find out how to do it myself, and have a couple of 'Kellogg's Breakfast' and 'Brandywine' heirloom tomatoes started from seed to use as guinea pigs. I know that grafted pepper plants are next, and boy will THAT change the face of gardening up here!
Don't forget to click on the first pix to start the slideshow, and enjoy!
|'White Russian' petunia and 'Sapphire' lobelia - quite a combo|
|This shot smelled so good - 'Sensation' lilac and 'Brandywine' crabapple; out of the shot is 'Jaqueline du Pre' shrub rose, also in bloom. All against that gorgeous blue sky|
|'Sensation' lilac - smells every bit as good as it looks|
|'Brandywine' crabapple blossoms, blue skies|
|The garden, May. Just wait - soon, there won't be any actual soil to be seen except in the resting beds|
|An interesting experimental tomato I picked up to try, 'Silvery Fir'. It's a determinant variety from Russia. You can't see, but there is already a small tomato on it. The water jugs are solar heating for our still very cool nights|
|'Sugar Dots' and 'Earlivee' corn, just popped up. Cukes 'Miss Pickler', 'Bush Pickle', 'Alibil' and 'The Pearl' on the other side of the fence, newly planted out, along with some free range sweet peas|
|Lupine 'Tutti Frutti', good enough to eat and a fragrance to die for. Carrots in the background|
|Just a nice shot of the ancient lilacs, iris' (not quite blooming yet), paeonies (ditto), Japanese maple and heuchera 'Caramel' and 'Scarlet Ruffles' in the barrel in the back|
|The lovely Japanese maple, all fiery in the late afternoon sun|