Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

In our neck of the woods, the "Garden Deadline" is Memorial Day.  People flood the cemetaries with geramiums and combination pots of red white and blue.  They also flood the greenhouses and nurseries so the parking lots are death traps and stock begins to run short.  On my third and final trip for geramiums, it took me 10 minutes to locate the last 6 salmon geraniums which had been relocated for ease of watering.  Luckily, that was just the number I needed to fill out the landscaping.  Now I know exactly how many and where to put them next year.

This is also any gardener's busy weekend.  I took Friday off and spent all day trying to catch up on spring cleaning by hoeing out and scrubbing the side porch of 5 months worth of project dirt.  Saturday is always horseback riding day, and then house cleaning day.  In between I planted tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans and herbs.  Sunday is family fun day, but it is finally raining (although lightly and inadequately for what we really need) so after filling in some nasturtium and calendula that didn't germinate from my spares in pots, I decided to spend whatever is left of my garden time today to wish you all a good holiday weekend.

Not only are my decorative annuals blooming and brightening up the place, but the first planting of potatoes, my peas and the Brandywine tomato are also blooming today so I am looking forward to summer harvest.  Now that the bulk of the garden work is done, I can spend time on new fun projects like filling the pots I bought last fall with novelties like Okra.

And Tim is on the homestretch of his latest project so stay tuned for news and photos of the "Poop Deck"!


  1. Oh, dear. "Poop Deck"? I don't know if I want to know.

  2. Your garden is just amazing! We are so far behind you up here. Our growing season is far too short. Everyone is *just* starting to plant annuals outside, though there is still a risk of frost for another week or so. To give you an idea how far behind we are, our tulips and daffodils are blooming now.

  3. Oh My Michelle!
    The last two years have been exceptionally early here. I usually judge my last frost date by Memorial Day (end of May). Last year there was no frost in May, and this yar the mild frosts ended by the second week of May. My neighbor Trish has Peas in Pods!!!