Earlier this month my peonies flourished! They were droopy on the plant (probably because I didn’t stake them properly) so I cut them and brought them inside. They lasted weeks! They made a perfect bouquet for Angela’s 17th birthday and Mother’s Day.
So last Saturday Steve and I spent the entire day working in the garden. There was weeding, triming, fertilizing etc. Even Skittles came out to clean the birdbath!
The roses are all blooming!
Profusion of lilies!
Even the cactus are blooming!
The hostas are doing very well. This is the second year since I planted them and they are filling in nicely!
In the vegetable garden the tomatoes are doing great! You may notice the red plastic covering the dirt. I have found that my tomatoes produce more and larger tomatoes for a longer time than when I don’t use red plastic. It also helps a little with keeping the weeds away.
Most of my tomatoes have flowers already. I fertilize the tomato plant when I put it into the ground, again when the flowers open and a third time when the green tomatoes are about to ripen. The fertilizer just gives them a nice boost when they need it.
This is my recycle and reuse labels for tomatoes. The CDs are the discarded ones when I don’t transfer photos or videos correctly. I save them all year and then use them in the garden. The Sharpie doesn’t fade and I can place them up high on a tomato cage so that I can read it easily. The shiny refection also discourages birds!
This year seems like it will be a good year for figs…
…and pears. But not so good for peaches or plums.
It was a busy Saturday but the garden is looking good and I can’t wait for ripe tomatoes!
Maybe by July 4th?