Garden news, April 2012

Happy mid-April Sunday, everyone. After a long dry spell we got some rain yesterday and are scheduled for more tonight. Sparks has just sowed the easter egg radishes, watermelon radishes, mixed French greens, broccoli raab, and rainbow chard. I helpfully took pictures of flowers blooming in my gardens…

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The iris have begun to bloom. I am so happy. I’ve become an iris collector, having ordered half a dozen rhizomes from Schreiner’s last fall and (errrm) a few more cheaper ones this spring. I have blue and white ones out front, and pink and orange ones on order for out back. The new ones are all, well, new though. They won’t bloom this year. Only this established clump from our friend Laura is producing flowers… but it is going to have OH so many. I love iris.

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In the herb garden, Sparks sowed our annual parsley, cilantro, dill, and lettuce-leaf basil. The mint, oregano, thyme, and sage have come back strong… and the chives are blooming. Did you know that chive blossoms are edible? They have a mild oniony flavor and make salads oh so pretty.

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Out back the geum is blooming. The plants are still quite small. I’m hoping they get bigger and bushier as the years go by.

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And the same for the columbines, which are blooming profusely for being such tiny little plants. These pink ones live in the sunny back border and are well ahead of the blue and white ones in the shadier garage bed. Aren’t they nice?

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In indoor news, no, nothing is safe from the toddler unless it’s on the dining table, and I’m sure that won’t last long.

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