~ Lewis Grizzard
It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.
~ Lewis Grizzard
We had BLTs tonight with my first tomato!! So exciting!
This weekend in the garden was all about maintenance. Some of the weeds, particularly the thistles and the clover had taken over. I would rather pull out the huge thistles plants at this point. I have figured out that if you loosen the root with a shovel and then pull at the base where there are no thorns, they come out easily - with the help of some good gardening gloves! The clover's roots are tiny and spread everywhere. After pulling out tons of little plants I then had to turn over the soil to expose the roots that I left behind. As you can see by the collection of lawn bags on my curb, I had lots of weeds to pull.
I ending up using some weed killer in some of the areas. I have been trying to use less poison in the ground. I want to nurture the ground as well as have beautiful gardens. I do not want that to be my first line of defense. But my yard is so big. I care for it by myself and so I have a hard time getting ahead of the weeds and care.
The day lilies are beginning to bloom. It will be a good year. There are lots of buds. I included pictures of the two types in my yard. The solid yellow ones are Stella de Oro. They are small compact plants. I think if I moved them to a sunnier area, they would bloom more.
The other kind is called Orange Daylily. It is a variety that grows well in the wild. It spreads and can take over. It is considered old and dated and not sold in nurseries anymore. People favor the hybrids now. I received these plants from my mother-in-law's yard years ago. The flowers are brilliant and can be 3-4 feet tall. I like the flower but I need to keep the plants at bay. If anyone is in the area, I would be happy to give you some of this ordinary but beautiful Daylily.
My Yucca plants are flowering like crazy this year. Some years I only get stalk or two. As you can see, there are many this year. These are planted near the road. They are very hardy. They don't seem to mind the salt residue from the winter road crews piling up snow in our cul-de-sac every winter. The flowers from both a distance and up close are striking.
The tomatoes are coming....slow. I thought they would ripen faster. (A rookie assumption!) My Poblano pepper plants are finally getting some little peppers on them. I can't wait!
It was a good weekend. I am sore but as I sit on my back patio with my morning coffee, I can enjoy my hard work.