Friday PhotoEssay

According to the rain gauge in the garden, we’ve gotten about 1.25″ of rain in the last 24 hours or so. That seems a little low to me. Maybe our rain gauge has a hole in it. At any rate, we’ll take the inch+ of rain. We definitely needed it.

Our ‘Eversweet’ Strawberries are covered in blooms this year. We are going to have a bumper crop of spring strawberries…or at least the mice will. Maybe there are enough this year that we will all get some! I had almost given up on this patch ever producing anything, but it looks like this year will be the winner.

This is the ‘Hon Tsai Tai’ from our Asian garden. It has been growing pretty fast, and I’m loving the luscious purple color of the stems and young leaves. This is actually a type of Broccoli Raab, which I’ll be interested to see how long it takes to reach production.

This Wildfire Lettuce Mix from Johnny’s is looking beautiful, if much smaller than our transplanted lettuce seedlings. A little thinning of the seedlings now makes for big, beautiful plants in a couple weeks.

The ornamental flowering alliums are in full bloom, rather suddenly actually. (Alliums are a general name for everything in the onion family – garlic, chives, onions, leeks, miscellaneous ornamentals, etc.)

Sometimes the simple solution is the best. We’ve had some critter (I’m guessing a rabbit, maybe a squirrel) trying to dig itself a burrow down at the base of our oldest grapevine and the wood post. I filled the hole in 2 or 3 times. Then I decided that I would make use of the rubber snake that for some unknown reason has lived in our garden for at least as long as I’ve been here. I plopped him down where the hole was being dug…and so far there have been no more holes!

I’ve switched to uploading the garden photos via Flickr, hence the suddenly bigger pics. I know posts like this one are going to slow down the loading for some of you. Unfortunately, I just wasn’t happy with the picture quality I was getting otherwise. I’ve also added a feed of the photostream, which you can find on the right sidebar, near the bottom.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on April 23, 2010, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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