Everything is greening up nicely at the house; we’ve been getting a lot of rain and a lot of warm, sunny weather that is exactly what our property’s plant population needs to just shoot up and leaf out. First off, the radishes are pretty much ready to harvest already! Here’s the photo I took on Thursday:
Paul’s going to be harvesting this batch in the next few days, then re-tilling and planting another crop. As you can probably tell, turning a lawn into a garden has had it’s challenges. I never knew before that grass could be so hardy that it could survive tilling! Hopefully the next till will finally squash the grassy uprising for good.
Also, our small patch of lilacs have flowered, looking glorious and smelling even better:
The patch in our yard is still a bit scrubby, but it seems to leaf out more fully every spring. Ultimately, we hope to add more lilacs to our property as time goes on; they’re actually one of Paul’s and my favorite shrubs.
Another shrub on our property is also flowering, but Paul and I are in less agreement as to how we feel about that:
This is a Tartarian honeysuckle that lives in our front yard. Unfortunately, it’s an invasive species, so despite it’s cute pink flowers, Paul wants it gone. To some extent, I do too, but I can’t help but appreciate it’s existence nonetheless. For the short-term, it’s staying because it provides much-needed privacy to the back of the property, which means that I can continue to enjoy these blooms for at least another year or so.
I don’t know if you remember our poor rose bushes from last year, but they are doing just great this year:
Last fall I covered them with Styrofoam plant covers for over the winter (the most winter prep they’ve gotten in a while, I imagine), but the winter ended up being so mild that one of them didn’t even end up going dormant (the larger one in the photo above). So, they both got a great start this spring, and with the lack of competition with weeds (this is what the bed looked like last year), they have just thrived. I’ll be keeping very vigilant to keep the rose skeletonizer bugs off of them, and honestly, I think we may have a fighting chance to seem some great blooms on these guys this year.
Of course, with all this talk of flowers, I can’t leave out the one flower that as made it’s triumphant return this year (even if I’d like to). These guys have just been popping up like, well, dandelions:
Last spring we fought with dandelions throughout our lawn, and it was quite the pain. I’d kind of blocked it out of my memory, so it was to my dismay to see those little yellow spots start to appear all over the front yard. What’s shocking to me is that less than 12 hours after we mow, there are already new dandelion flowers defiantly sticking their heads up above the grass line. We don’t want to spray them with chemicals (yuck), so really all I can do is pluck off the flowers before they seed. Not a great strategy, but it will have to do. If anyone has any other dandelion suppression techniques, leave them for us in the comments.
Paul’s been tilling like crazy for the past few days. In the next week he’ll be putting in the cabbage plugs he’s been growing in trays for the past few weeks. So, there will be more greenery to come!