You are closer to God in a garden
than anywhere else on earth.
As promised here is a glimpse of the flower and squash garden.
First we will start off in the potato patch.
We had several potatoes left over from last year that had sprouted in the basement. So mom used these for growing this year. If she feels especially thrifty mom divides the potato up by the eyes. One eye per potato. We had red potatoes and Yukon gold from last years crop. The Yukon Gold seem to be better scab resistant potatoes. Although the scab can be peeled off nicely on the red potatoes. As the red potatoes mature the scab gets worse so we plan to eat or give them away before then.
Just a step or two away is the squash patch.
This is my place when mom’s puttering around in the squash patch.
The zukes and squash have to be pollinated before they produce veggies. If, the insects don’t do this then you have to pollinate a male and female squash.
There are several methods to pollinate the flowers. Some folk use feathers or q-tips. Mom just snips a male flower off and sticks it in the female flower with the veggie behind it. Pollinated!! We call mom the squash pimp!
Sitting in with the potatoes is the day lily. Most day lilies I have seen are yellow. The seed catalogues seem to be coming up with so many beautiful colours.
We are leaving the squash patch and heading to the flowers.
The clematis is a bright purple on this side of the arbour. The purple clematis flowers from about the beginning of July through to the end of August. The red clematis on the other side of the arbour finished flowering at the end of June. Very poor planning on mom’s part. In the background you will see phlox flowers and daisies. Mmm…there is an alien looking ornamental grass in there too. Looks weird!
You’ll notice the daisies behind the strawberries.
Mom has found tomatoes do much better in the flower garden and crowded near flowers. This rose mom got after her niece, Jennifer was killed in a head on collision….Jennifer was 23. Mom comes out and talks to Jennifer….telling her things she wouldn’t tell someone else. She also takes the weeds out of between Jennifer’s toes. This is her way of having a bit of Jennifer for herself. Enough…I’m getting misty eyed.
You will see, on the left side, the remains of the lily patch…the lilies have pretty well finished for this year. The hydrangea is a pretty light pink. Mom wanted blue but the nursery man said only the pink was frost hardy to -40C. In the background is another tomato and sunflower. The sunflowers mom started from seeds in our house along with the catnip.
This is a lot of info and I feel its almost information overload. Tomorrow we will complete the flower garden….not much more folk.