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Zinnia Season is Almost Here

The zinnias we planted from seed in the garden are starting to bloom! We planted them the first week of May, which means they went from seed to flower in 5 weeks! Pretty impressive. It is also much cheaper, as we filled a 100 sq. ft. area for about $8. You just need to be able to delay gratification in order to wait a few more weeks to have blooming flowers, rather than buying them from the garden center already blooming!

Queen Red Lime ZinniaThis is Queen Red Lime Zinnia. It has a red center with green outer petals. I can’t wait to see it in full bloom!

Zowie ZinniaThis zinnia is called Zowie. It is not as fully double as some of the other varieties, but has a beautiful color.

Today in the Garden

Today was a pretty quiet workday in the Demo Garden. The rain gauge measured 2.8 inches of rain, although I haven’t emptied it for a couple days, so that might not all be from last night. I would believe it if it was all from last night, though. Luckily we didn’t get any hail – or at least not enough or large enough hail to cause damage.

The few things we did do in the garden were largely cleanup tasks. We weeded where needed, trimmed back the herbs, and tied up some plants.

The tomatoes were ready for their 4th level of Florida Weave tying. June 16 Florida WeaveThese cherry tomatoes have really taken off and grown in the last week! There is nothing as enjoyable as the miasma of a walking near a jungle of tomato vines. Just don’t get too close or your clothes will turn green! There are lots of green tomatoes and blooms on these plants, so I think we will be overrun with tomatoes in another month. To give you an idea how many cherry tomatoes we’re talking about, my plant at home that I’ve been pruning (removing the suckers) has about 18 tomatoes on it. Imagine how many more will be on these plants that are unpruned!

We also pruned and tied up the black raspberries, which have grown too tall and are starting to fall over. I trimmed them back to about 3 1/2 feet tall, and we tied them to stakes.

Friday PhotoEssay

It’s been a rather dreary week weather-wise, so I’ve chosen some bright pictures of flowers and fruit from the Demo Garden for this week’s Friday PhotoEssay.

AngeloniaMy photo is a little blurry, but I just could resist this brightly colored Angelonia. I was working in a greenhouse the first summer this plant was on the market for annual sales, and I really love the delicate florets on the flower stalk.

Tomato BloomsNot as showy, but no less beautiful! The cherry tomatoes are going to town putting on flowers. I have a feeling we will have more tomatoes than we care to have this summer!

Bean BloomThe beans are also going crazy with blooms. Anyone up for bean picking in a couple weeks?

Anise HyssopThe anise hyssop is starting to bloom. This is one of my favorite herbs to just walk through the garden and pick a leaf to eat. I’m not a huge fan of the anise flavor, but this herb is so sweet it’s okay!

Red Currant BerryDo you see that flash of red among the leaves? The currants are just starting to ripen. The translucent red currants are almost too beautiful to eat!

PentasI’ll leave you today with these gorgeous pentas!

Have a great weekend!

Friday Photossay

Yes, it’s that time again! I love this time of spring, because there’s something new to see out in the garden every day. It is hard to pick only a few of the things to share with you.

Dwarf Grey Sugar PeaThe ‘Dwarf Grey Sugar’ Peas are blooming furiously. They are so pretty, the fact that they produce delicious snow peas is only a bonus!

Feisty BloomingThe ‘Feisty’ peas aren’t going to be outdone. They are also busy blooming and setting on pea pods. Maybe by this time next Friday there will be a few peas ready to pick.

Snake in the BeansOur friendly garden snake is hanging out in the beans for the Memorial Day Weekend. I hope he scares away some of the bean leaf beetles that are chewing round holes in the bean leaves!

Purple Pepper?The Sweet Banana Peppers we transplanted last week are showing some rather nasty purpling of the leaves. I’m not 100% sure what’s going on, but it is likely that it is a symptom of some stress (perhaps the watering issue), and it will probably clear up in the next couple weeks.

Tiny TomatoThis ‘Gartenperle’ hanging basket tomato has the first tomatoes in the garden!

Quiet Garden The Quiet Garden is a peaceful spot to get out of the sun. The impatiens here will be beautiful all summer.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Monday Blooms

Do you remember last Friday, when I said that I could see the pea buds way down in the center of the pea shoots? You may have thought I was crazy, but the first pea blossoms have made their appearance!

Purple Pea BloomThis purple pea blossom is from the ‘Dwarf Grey Sugar Pea’ row. This variety tends to have a purpleish tinge to the foliage, and also purple flowers.

White Pea BloomThe more traditional white pea blossoms are on the ‘Feisty’ peas. If you’ve never tried them (and are willing to sacrifice a few pea pods), pea blooms are edible! They taste just like a fresh pea, and they are a beautiful addition to salads.

Grapes in bloomThe grapes are also starting to bloom. The vines are covered with grape buds, and a few of them are starting to open.