I love flowers. These beauties have just popped up and are outside my back door (which is actually on the front of the house). I'm not sure even where they came from. The bunch of green just in front of them are my Shasta Daisy's - they will bloom a bit later in June. I also have some Painted Daisy's which are blooming now in pinks and yellows, but their stems are fern-like. Every year I get more and more of these beautiful daisy's and I love it!
I have been gardening all day. Yesterday I got most of my vegetable seeds planted. This year I'm trying some new things: Beets, Carrots (I never thin them enough to get any real carrots - going to do better this year), Arugula, Spinach and Kale (don't tell my husband - I'm going to try and sneak it in some of our meals) along with my standard Beans, Cucumbers, Zucchini and Butternut Squash. Today we bought our tomatoes and peppers, which went in the ground this afternoon.
I also have a nice sized herb/kitchen garden. The Chives, Sage, Mint and Tarragon come back year after year. I also have Lavender by the door which always smells so good and catnip for Sheba. I've planted two types of lettuce (another new thing for me), cilantro and dill and I still need to get some Basil.
Then there's the flower garden. On one half I'm trying to make it all perennials. I added a few new plants this year - a Banana Cream Daisy and one called Crazy Daisy (in honor of my best friend Daisy). I've also planted two new Mammoth Mums - we'll see. A dear friend gave me some seeds last fall so I've planted some Lupine, Giant Poppy's and Delphinium. Can't wait to see if they grow.
On the other side I replanted the Gladiola Bulbs, Zinnias, Cosmos, and Sunflowers. Most of these are seeds I've saved from last year.
I'm quite proud of myself for getting all this done. Right now my knees are aching but my spirit is high.
Daisy and Sheba were outside with me the entire time. Daisy is wondering why I am playing in the dirt and what are those things I'm leaving everywhere. I used popsicle sticks that I put in to mark my rows (one day I'll invest in something permanent) and one from yesterday was missing. I got down to look if it had gotten buried somehow and while I was looking, Daisy picked up the next one to give it to me. I suppose the lost one is somewhere only Daisy knows! And for the last several months the whole yard has been hers to explore - now I say "get out of the garden Daisy", I know she knows what I'm saying but looks at me with that "who, me?" look. I guess some training is going to be required.
I hope each and every one of you had a good day today. I didn't get the rest of my house cleaned but it's going to rain tomorrow!