Friday Food and Flower Posting, For You, Bruce D!
Our good friend Bruce D was teasing me about being such a flower-oriented poster, so I'm very happy to finally include some of the early performing veggies in today's garden post. Lots of pics, slow for dial up, and damn! Just try to make me slide into a bad mood today, nah. gunna. happen. Not with this much blooming and sunshine.
Today's Mystery Bloom! I'm so sorry I can't seem to do it photojustice. Seriously, it's so delicate and lovely, and after waiting all last year with no results, it's esp satisfying to see it turn on now.
From one of my Free Flirt-Based rhodos. Flirting Pays, I'm tellin ya. Try it on your local nursery people; they throw away a lot of plants too old to sell.
Onions! I've got Onions! Like, 200 or so, in two beds. They can handle shade, so if you don't have enough sun, put the onions in a slightly more shaded area and they'll be fine.
"Gold Bullion" is useful for several reasons. It's very hardy, it can handle some shade, and it's got a wonderful and interesting 'spider' bloom as well as yellow-gold leaves. For contrast with more traditional blooms, it's great.
White Tulips are very nice. This one is huge, and b/c of the lack of rain, it's still going.
Volunteer Violas, you can almost smell the butter. Violas are some of my favs, so many colors, so hardy, and they come back in unexpected and hard to grow places.
Columbine, from seed. Another hardy, easy to grow, shade tolerant, comes in lots of colors, early performer. I'm a sucker for any variegated stuff, and Columbines always come thru.
This isn't "Martha Washington" geranium, but it's close and a lot cheaper. Again with the variegated colors, how could I refuse?
Tomatilla Totem, courtesy of my good Marine Corps friend Dog. He talked me into trying one this year, and I'm already glad. We'll share some fresh salsa soon, Bro!
Dangerous Ducklings. Seriously. These are the baby ducks from my single Duck's Blood plant. Fuck me, they are everywhere. Which is fine, I've still got big spaces to fill and I'll lift them and move em. But I'm going to have to find a productive use for this cultivar. Because I'm going to have them, forever and ever and ever...
Melons. I do love melon, and I'm growing a boat load this year. They freeze well, so I can't have too many and look forward to the mid-winter when I'm eating mine and making smoothies out of them while the rest of you sadly walk by the hothouse kind in the big box store you can't afford b/c they are 30$ a piece, thanks to high gas/food transport costs.
I'm calling this one the Shy Black Bitch. Shy because she won't open, like a dyke on a date with a frat boy. Black b/c of the lovely dark color against the white, kind of shocking for a tulip. Bitch because unlike the other 12 I put in last year, this is the only one with What It Takes to fend off the evil squirrels. I think I'm in love.
Strawberries! I've got them all over the place, these are the giant supersweet kind but mostly I've got the alpine smaller variety. Does anyone know if the two will cross-fertilize/pollinate/interbreed/hybridize?
One of the six kinds of lettuce I've put in, only the Arugala is bigger. I think this is mescalin, and will come in (or so they say) in about 60 days. Smart growers can have lettuce all year round, even in snowy climes. I'll talk about that later.
Scotch Moss. @#%$@#$@# Chinese Elm babies littered all over that, sorry. Can you say "firewood?" Man, I'm telling you: I now know why living in a maple forest is the only way to go. Some trees make such a fucking mess. This moss does really well in tough, shady conditions and is a wonderful light green. Makes a very small white flower, hopefully soon.
Can you see the Fairy in there? If you look with open eyes, she's dancing for you.
Have a great day everyone. It's time for me to get to Work, and I thank the Goddess for allowing me to be outside today after several days of cold and rain. I hope you can get outside too.