My goodness! I don't even know where to begin. It's been so long (mid-April) since I last posted about the garden. I guess I left off at the beginning of May. All the perennials were off to a great start with all of the rain we had. It was a wonderful spring. Lots of sowing seeds directly, and planting Rick's seed starters. The energy was building quickly. I could feel it.
The iris were unfurling and bursting with bold colors and Victorian lady-like air.
Mid May and the four trellises of hops along the fence are going crazy. Hops tips are deeeelishious sautéed with mushroom, btw. We didn't do a heck of a lot in the garden that morning, as it was a drizzly day.
I was in Austin the end of May, so the next time I came to work in the garden was the first week in June and these Iris were absolutely driving me crazy. I could barely concentrate. I will spare you all of the photos I took and have only selected four to share.
We loaded in a new pile of mushroom compost from Hazel Dell in Fort Collins, CO. I turned the compost that was cooking and added in some of mushroom compost to it. Rick said it go up to 120° when he checked it several days later! The Lovage and Angelica are getting really big. This is their second season, so I am happy to see them thriving.
This brings us to date, and the garden is exploding with vibrancy and earth energy. Rick and I were standing in front of the hops having a conversation and I could feel the pulsing life force it was sending out to us.
Rick is trying to convince me to take MORE greens! The Calendula are blossoming and I am starting my summer-long process of collecting the flowers and drying them for tincturing or infusing in oil. I am very eager for my GIANT Red Clover bush to bloom – wonder why it hasn't yet... The volunteer Borage and Narrow-Leaf Plantain dominate the bed with the quickly ripening Golden Peas. When trimming the Yarrow, I noticed a Leafcutter bee still clinging to the umble. It was early and he was still waking up.
Malia Thompson lives just East of Boulder, Colorado with a spectacular view of the Front Range.