It’s the last weekend in May, Memorial Day is Monday here in the US. Officially the day of planting tender crops here in the northeast. Although this year the weather has been so pleasant that mine are already quite established in the ground. SixOnSaturday time is here. Rules and more contributions in the comments section of the host’s blog http://www.thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com
- It has been the most perfect spring. An early gentle transition from a moderate winter. No late killing frosts. Sunny, warm, with enough rain to keep everything healthy and happy. As a result all the fruit trees and shrubs are loaded. This grape vine has never looked better.
- Baptisia, complete with buzzy bee. The whole plant is mobbed by bees including honey bees which are rarely seen here.
- Big Red Rhodie is earning her keep. Once a straggly rescue stick, she is spectacular and due for a trim. I like to keep her around 8 x 8 feet.
- Poppies are popping! A few of last year’s California poppies have come back, but not too many. They are pretty accents. In the long border the oriental poppy volcano is about to erupt.
- First rose of this year is Abraham Derby. I love everything about this rose. The foliage is gorgeous and the fragrance is divine. Pest and disease free and flowers all summer long.
- Saving the best for last, my kitchen is undergoing a tortuous renovation. It will be lovely when it’s finished but for the moment I’m most excited about my other projects. Some of the old oak cabinets have been upcycled into seed trays, cold frames and a very exciting very large planter for the deck. Shall it be flowers or pumpkins? Or both? It’s big enough!