The Sun Returns, Briefly

After two weeks of raining, it finally stopped this weekend. Yesterday I ran by Paul’s house to pick up some tomatoes and cucumbers he had grown from seed. I dropped them off in the muddy garden and then went on my way.


The oregano, with love-in-a-mist and sweet pea incursions, is thriving.

Today it was dry and breezy, so I planted the tomatoes in the small Plot garden and a cucumber in the large garden, which I also weeded. The large garden still needs planting, but I’m hoping the volunteers and I can do that next weekend.


The arugula is still fabulous.

I worked mostly in my own plot, where the irises have blossomed beautifully.


Every year, these amaze me with their gorgeousness.

I was able to plant the two kinds of pole beans I had in the bean enclosure and then sew it up with wire. I hope nothing can get in there. I would like some beans this year.


I have successfully moved the bean enclosure and planted the pole beans.

The roses are blossoming already. and their fragrance blows through the garden pleasantly.


These smell marvelous!

I brought home arugula, kale and parsley for a pasta dinner and am about to get started on that.Β I also cut more lettuce and pulled some more radishes. I will be eating more salad this week!



The love-in-a-mist are full of their multi-colored flower buds. I can’t wait for them to bloom.


Notice the buds are different hues.

After a day and a half of sun, it’s clouding up again to rain some more. In honor of this weekend of partial sun, I’ll end with the galaxy of light Pauline’s light catcher throws on my wall in the afternoon.


If you look closely, you can see some of the rainbow comets, but collectively, it sort of looks like its own galaxy, doesn’t it?

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44 Responses to The Sun Returns, Briefly

  1. Your rain obviously made a segue down this way – it is cool and wet today for the first time this Autumn. No rainbows for me today! You have got your catcher the perfect distance from the window for this time of the year – and isn’t that a great display. It does look like a galaxy complete with passing comets!! Well caught girl! xo

    PS Good luck with the garden – all that fencing has to keep something out, right?

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  2. LB says:

    I’d never heard of Love-in-a-mist until Alys mentioned them. So pretty! As are the Arugula and the radishes.
    By the way, have you seen Shelley Sackier’s post about arugula? And as I typed that, I realized that you may not know Shelley. I was lucky to meet her on the way back to Radford after the blogger gathering in DC.

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  3. Yvonne says:

    Oh, those radishes look so pretty. Did they taste good!

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  4. So gorgeous Lisa! πŸ™‚ I love the different names for things, I think I call love-in-a-mist nigella. And arugula rocket. The irises are spectacular! πŸ™‚ we can’t grow them here and there really is nothing similar, so I really enjoy your photos πŸ™‚

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  5. You have such beautiful bearded iris! I used to grow all kinds, including the more delicate Japanese iris and the Dutch Iris. Their name comes from the Greek, meaning rainbow, and I like them because—like some of my favorite people— they are tender hearted but tough minded. They seem to come back, with no coddling, year after year, no matter the weather, and they just light up the garden in spring. ( Which season it is now…though a bit hard to tell, in these parts.) Great going, with your garden!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks, Cynthia. I never grew irises until I got this garden and they came with it. Since then, I have learned about dividing and other issues. I do love the way they look and how they mass into swathes of color!

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  6. The Love-in-the-mist seed pods I call Martians since if you turn them upside down they look like flying saucers!! Wonderful garden! Irises are among my favourite!


  7. Sylvie G says:

    I hope you get some more sun soon so that we can get some more updates about the garden and beautiful photos of flowers and veggies πŸ™‚

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  8. Mary Tang says:

    Those nigella seed pods hold a lot of black seeds that can be used as spice. Nice to read of your spring activities and harvest of greens.


  9. Nice lightcatcher pic. You beat me to it. I hope you now have respite from the rain, which does seem to have brought on your plants

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  10. Chas Spain says:

    That all looks so beautiful


  11. Lisa, all your salad greens look delicious. I’m in love with the irises as well. Aren’t they a stunning flower, so tall and majestic? We had rain on Friday, so rare for this time of year in California. It’s keeping everything watered and the air fresh.

    It’s fun seeing your love in a mist and sweet peas struggling through what you did plant. They’re prolific! All of mine are purple…I didn’t know they came in different colors. I hope you’ll take a photo when they open up.

    I’m happy you’re finding time in the garden between storms. Hurrah for you.

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  12. KerryCan says:

    Seeing your irises gets me all excited–mine are growing but nowhere near blooming yet! You’re having such a good harvest already–those radishes look amazing, as do all the greens. Yum! And I was just thinking that I should get a shot of the rainbows from my light catcher to send to Pauline–it makes my day to see those sparkles.

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    2 wks of rain – oh, my! I thought our week was bad enough! We’ve had a nice couple of days, continuing through Thurs. Then rain and cooler Fri. The up/down continues. πŸ™‚ Your veggies look so good – we still have to wait several more weeks. The iris are beautiful – I can almost smell them!


  14. Brenda says:

    Your garden is a nice preview for what we can expect in a few weeks. My easter egg radishes are leafing up nicely and I’m looking forward to pulling a nice bunch like yours. They are gorgeous.

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  15. badfish says:

    Love the love in a mist!!! Never saw them before. And you know, until just recently, well two years ago, I had never eaten arugula…it was on the menu in Bali, and I had to ask what the bleep it was. Turns out, it’s pretty dang good stuff. Is yours? Looks good, Ms Green Thumb.


  16. Robin says:

    Oh, that light catcher is beautiful! You have your own Milky Way on the wall. πŸ™‚ Your vegetables all look so good, too. You are slightly ahead of us in terms of what’s blooming and growing.

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  17. reocochran says:

    Pauline’s creation of danglers certainly does look like its own galaxy! All of your work is paying off, Lisa. Relocating the beans must have taken quite an effort. I like the pretty buds of love-in-a-mist. I received a lovely table sized pot from my daughter in law, Trista, with my son’s and her children’s combined imprint on it: each of 4 children’s fingerprints went in a different color in a circle around a yellow dab of paint. They became flowers, while my 9 month old grandson’s handprint was the 5 the flower on the pot. Trista put marigolds, petunias, impatiens in it and one kind not sure. It sits on my end table by the window! I love seeing your community garden photos. Enjoy the pasta and salad with fresh “fixings!”


  18. Maria F. says:

    I like the image of the flower buds and the light catcher.


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