Still Waiting for Summer


It’s June 29 today and we’re still waiting for summer to arrive. We have had a few warm-ish weekends so far but Gerry and I are eagerly anticipating warmer (oh please may it be so) ones to come.

Meanwhile, despite our lack of sunshine and warm weather things in the garden have been progressing.

I harvested some lettuce and radishes for a salad for dinner. It is so satisfying to be able to go outside and pick fresh food to eat, isn’t it? I have one stubborn lettuce plant that decided on its own to stay the winter. I cut lettuce and it just keeps giving me more!

The nasturtium is doing well. I think I’ll go out and pick the few flowers that are there to enjoy in our salad this evening.

The borage is almost ready to bloom. This is my first year growing this plant. I’ve read that the flowers can be used in cheeses and plan to do some experimenting.

The carrots and kale are coming along nicely but the beets don’t seem to be as happy. Perhaps I’ll try sowing another row this weekend and see what happens.

There are lots of flowers on the pea vines and they’re growing taller by the day.

It won’t be long before we’ll be able to shell peas, pop one in our mouth, and be instantly transported back to childhood!

The tomatoes remain happy along the south side of the house. The Red Delicious Cherry plants must be three feet tall and are covered with blossoms. I can’t wait for that first taste of fresh tomato!

The pole beans are growing taller every day. In addition to providing food they’ll be providing some privacy for us when we’re enjoying time in the hot tub (which we turn down to be a cool tub in the summer months).

The faeries are looking forward to warmer weather too. Meantime they’re dancing and thinking about Jaxon, Makiya, and Peyton.

Still, the rainy weather has its own charms. I like the way the drops of water look on the leaves of my hosta.

I’m delighted with the how the lilies are doing. They multiplied since last year and are going to be quite spectacular!

The orange one reminds me of the Tiger Lily which is the official flower of Saskatchewan. I’ve got to keep an eye out and get one of those for the garden too.

This is the third year for this lavender and it’s looking much better this year. It’s nestled in a bed at the front of our house. Right behind it is the clematis; it’s doing extremely well this year compared to last year. Gerry even had put up some new trellis’ for it to climb on.

All in all, I’m generally pleased with how the garden is doing, though I do wish the sun would shine more.


Tomato Progress Report #3


I’ve got a huge case of spring fever. If only the weather would cooperate so I could get outside and play in the dirt.

Meanwhile, inside my kitchen, the tomatoes are doing well. I had to adjust their perch a bit as they have grown enough that they were almost touching the light.

I transplanted the Four O-Clocks into larger homes this morning; they’re doing very well.

I also moved the basil to a larger Terra Cotta pot. It’s taking it’s time; I’ve never had the best of luck with basil for some reason.

And, using the same newspaper pot process, I started summer and winter squash and a few Forget Me Not flowers. They’re under the dome on the heat mat until they germinate.

To finish off, I tended to the herbs I’ve been overwintering: parsley, oregano, and chocolate mint. I love swishing my hand through the chocolate mint plant–the scent is just heavenly!

I had hoped to get some peas in the ground but that will have to wait until next weekend.

Meanwhile, back at the worm hotel, the worms have settled in nicely. In fact, they’re doing so well we added the second floor of the hotel today.

It’s been a busy, but productive, day.

Now if only the sun would shine so we could get outside and have some REAL spring fun!