Beautiful Leaves and Healthy Vegetables

My husband told me this week that maybe I should prioritize what I do in the garden, if it gets to be too much work….  We agreed that growing food it our priority!  Still, we have planted a lot of trees, shrubs and perennials over the years and once planted they continue to faithfully bring forth beauty year after year.  So hopefully we can enjoy both beauty and health!

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Alchemilla mollis lady’s mantle

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Tender new shoots on hicksii yew shrub capture a raindrop

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Spider webs made visible by the morning dew on the hicksii yew shrubs.  When the hummingbirds are making their nests I think they like to collect spider webs for their nest linings.  I have seen hummingbirds in these bushes in past years.

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Unfolding leaves of our new bitternut hickory, one month after it was planted.  On the right we managed to get a little grass seed going in the hole from our old silver maple tree.

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Here is what the bitternut hickory looked like earlier in the week as the yellow buds were starting to break open.

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A few flowers, like this salvia, are starting to bloom.

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This is where we planted our drought garden a few years ago.  It still gets a lot of sun, but the shade from the crabapple is growing.  The ground covers and blue fescue grass fill out in the front and the daffodils bloom in the back first.  That is followed by the iris show in the back, which will be starting soon.  After that the middle plants start blooming, including the gaillardias, butterfly weed, coneflowers, Russian sage, zebra grass, agastache, etc.  I might add a plant or two as needed.  I try to mix in some herbs and vegetables where there are open spaces.

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Duke blueberry blossoms

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I have been planting vegetable and herb transplants as well as planting seeds this week.  In the front here I planted sweet basil, curly kale, and collards.  I looked at the trusty plan I made in January and then made modifications as needed.  When we moved into this house we had the fenced in vegetable garden in the back, but as the years have gone by we have kept taking more lawn space to add vegetables plots.

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Tokyo cross hybrid turnips always seem to germinate well and are ready to be thinned out.

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I planted red cabbage for the first time.  I am not sure if we will like eating it, but it looks like it will be pretty!  My motto is to keep experimenting…

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A week ago we saw a bunny in the yard and chased it out.  A day or two later it was back through our “rabbit proof” fence.  I have a theory that there might be tunnels under the fences, starting in our tall meadow where we don’t mow the grass.  Here it is enjoying a clover breakfast, with crabapple petals adding pink color.  So far it has eaten the swiss chard I planted, but nothing else is damaged…yet…..

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I noticed the cowbird couple hopping around exploring the yard this week.  He seemed to be chasing after her…

Graduation: My niece Anna graduated from college today, so a good break from gardening!

5 thoughts on “Beautiful Leaves and Healthy Vegetables

  1. You red cabbage is so big already – mine are tiny still and suffering slug damage now as wet weather continues! Like you I try and prioritize growing food but its nice to have pretty things to look at too and often those pretty things are feeding pollinators which in turn are pollinating our crops. Keep up the good work – your garden is looking great:)

    • You said that really well! I completely agree about keeping the pollinators happy. As for the red cabbage, I did not plant that from seed, but bought a 6 pack of transplants at a local store. Still this particular plant is doing better than the other cabbage I planted and likes its environment.

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