|A good testimony for compost!|
|102 cut from vine|
|and placed on a drying rack on the potting shed rafters.|
|28 left on cut vine to cure.|
|May 2013 |
I cleared it totally of weeds and old iris rhizomes, added some compost and replanted. Dennis is an avid iris lover and cultivates several hundred varieties at his home in Western Kentucky. He graciously offered some of his prize irises when he divided them last August. I also added a few from my collection.
With above average rainfall this summer, it has been a challenge to stay ahead of the weeds. This week I spent a couple of hours just digging out wild onions.
Hopefully Dennis’ generosity and my diligent weeding, the garden will boast a lovely iris bed in the spring
|Happy to share the figs!|
|Fig, goat cheese, grilled chicken salad.|
|Photograph by Mark McCoy|
|We had a small, but nice harvest of strawberries|
|And a bumper harvest of blueberries.|
The figs are just now starting to ripen (picked the first two today. It looks very promising for the largest crop ever!
Another short trip this next week to Washington D.C. with my daughter-in-law, Holly and granddaughters, Alison and Camille. After that I have visions of getting back in the potager, tidying it up and maybe planting some fall crops. Also, I have hopes of more regular postings on this blog!
|From the Deck|
| From the Guest Room|
The poppies are also in full bloom. You can read about their history in an earlier post, Poppy Tribute. A frequently asked question is when to plant the seed. That depends, if we have a mild winter it is best to plant in the fall. However, if the winter is severe, an early spring planting would be better. Stop by the potager and I will give you enough seeds to plant a few in the fall and again in the spring. Once you have a successful planting, you will have plenty of seed. They self sow and are quite prolific.
I welcome folks to visit my garden at any time. No worries if I am not at home, my neighbors are used to people in my garden. If you want a “guided tour” I am in the potager most mornings that it is not raining. On Tuesday evenings, Randy and I are usually having a glass of wine with “drop-in” friends on the patio between 5 and 7. We call it Tipsy Tuesday, but no one ever gets tipsyJ We would love for you to join us, and of course, take a peek at the garden.