We've had a long and cool spring this year so some of our garden didn't get planted until later than usual. Our veggies are coming along OK in the various raised beds, but our tomatoes struggled a little bit because of the very cold nights. Some nights it got down in the high 30's and low 40's. Combine that with some wind and you wouldn't want to be out without a coat either!
Right now, we are having an issue with the bottoms of some of our tomato plants turning yellow. I just put some organic tomato fertilizer on them all a few days ago so we'll see if that doesn't perk them up a bit. Jim put a layer of sand in the bottom of the bed where the tomatoes were planted and I don't think they like that very much. There's a layer of topsoil above that, but the roots are in the sand. I expect the yellow leaves are a "protest sign" of sorts.
In the upper left picture are the zuchinni plants and to the right of them, the kohlrabi. Both are doing really well. As you can see in the upper right picture, the yellow leaves on the tomatoes are showing pretty good. Oh, I should say I put some blossom set on the all the tomatoes this last week too. Not sure if it's necessary, but we had a bottle of it and spritzing it on was super simple.
The image in the lower left is of our one burpless cucumber plant in the middle, and flanking that are two lemon cucumbers like we planted last year. We had three lemon cuke plants, but the middle one died, so we bought a replacement. So far, so good.
Our front flower bed is shown in the lower right image. The light pink mound of flowers are pinks (of the carnation family) and behind that are some sea pinks. To the right of the fern are some hearty geraniums. I bought them at a library sale many years ago and they keep coming back and getting larger each year. Behind the fern is our mid summer blooming heather. It's rather too large for our flower bed, but I just don't have the energy to trim it back, or the heart to get rid of it.
Early this spring I got out in time to trim back our roses on the south side of the house and I think it did them a world of good. At least they are producing lots of blossoms and wow, the fragrance is heaven when it wafts by us when we're sitting at the patio table. I might even cut some and bring them in the house so I can enjoy them all that much more!
The rose in the image at the upper left is named Reba (yes, for Reba MacEntyre) and it is special to me because my mom bought it for me many, many years ago. To the right on the top images is an English rose and they are also very, very fragrant. By the way, I don't seem to have much trouble with most of my roses when it comes to aphids. Maybe in the very early spring when the roses are setting blooms I'll find some on the heads. I don't use any chemicals at all, other than Miracle Grow for fertilizer. If I see aphids I just put the hose spray on mist and spritz those babies right off. They don't even seem to come back when I do that.
I try to change out the annual flower choices each year and this year I was drawn to the very pretty pink and white petunias. One of my friends has a cute little framed tile with a watercolor type drawing on it with petunias that look like these. You might notice a little anomoly in the middle of the petunias. There is a single geranium stalk I put in there that may or may not take root and bloom.
Last, but not least is this years begonia choice in pink. I had a lovely yellow with orange edges one last year and it was still going great guns into the fall. It's demise came out in the garage where it got neglected and became a dried up bit of sadness.
New In the Garden - Hazelnuts
The top image here shows mostly the foliage of the hazelnut bush. I must have missed the good shot of a hazelnut or two when the wind caught the leaves and changed my shot. The lower image though shows a very nice future hazelnut in its prickly outer coat. I'll be surprised if we get to harvest any because we have squirrels in our yard, but I'm just thrilled to have them growing back in the corner behind where the trailer is parked. This plant was given to me by my sister-in-law Kathy who also gave me some other family "heritage" plants. I think it's been at least four years ago that we planted the hazelnut bush and it took a couple years for it to get established, then two more to really show some spectacular growth. They grow wild here in Washington state, so I knew they would succeed quite well in our backyard.