A Weekend of Sun!

We finally had a lovely late spring weekend with sun and temperatures in the low eighties. Everyone’s garden is flourishing from all the rain (and we’re expected to have three days more of it this week).

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By clearing out some of the early crops I made a little space for some okra.

I harvested lettuces, spinach, carrots, beets, and radishes and left some kale to get a bit bigger. I also have abundant herbs, which is nice. I cut up cutting celery, parsley, and some basil into a pasta dish tonight, adding some store bought tomatoes.

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Alex gave me two garlic bulbs. I will find a way to use them with some of this produce!

The Plot Against Hunger gardens are also flourishing and we harvested carrots, beets and lettuces from them this week and I added more carrots, some turnips and some lettuce to the tally. Alex will be taking those to AFAC tomorrow.

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Larkspur, interspersed with poppies on a busy corner…

One of the amazing things in the garden is the profusion of flowers. We have a lot of larkspur, the remains of love in a mist, zinnias coming on, yarrow, poppies, and some sort of primrose whose name I can never remember.

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These are some sort of primrose, but possibly not primula anything. The foliage turns red in the fall.

I brought home a bouquet which pleases me immensely. As for the kitchen, work has been done, but it doesn’t look a lot different. I am told the countertops, floor, and appliances will all go in this week, in which case, I will be very busy next weekend!

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Ah, flowers for the house again. Using one of my host’s vases!

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37 Responses to A Weekend of Sun!

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Ooh, your arrangement is so pretty, I love it! Poppies and larkspur blooming (my larkspur seedlings are 3″ tall – lol)! That corner must lighten the hearts of all who pass by.
    The pink flower is Evening Primrose (Oenothera) so it does have primrose in its name, but isn’t a Primula. 🙂
    Great haul on the veggies!

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  2. What a great harvest! And such pretty flowers, too. Well done.

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  3. Mary Tang says:

    Good to see what the rain has brought to your garden; we are desperate for some moisture here. All the rain seems to have fallen, unseasonably earlier in the year. The forecast is saying that the wet will come but meantime I must water the garden.

    Those flowers will look nice in any kitchen but I hope you will be able to put some in your own soon.

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  4. Sylvie G says:

    Your flower arrangement is so beautiful! It is nice to see that the sun is finally shining on your gardens and your life. Can’ wait to see the new kitchen.

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  5. Such a haul of veges and flowers! Are the flowers self seeding? They seem to do better when that is the case. The vase of flowers is beautiful! What a wonderful mix. We’ve been having some lovely sunny days too – the downside being the frosty nights that follow. How’s the kitchen coming? You are getting near the end date …….

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks, Pauline. I am hoping that counter tops, sink, floor and appliances all go in this week. Send good thoughts the workmen’s way!!!

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      • I’m agog with excitement and anticipation – it’s probably slowing them down…. Must try to attain more zen like space 🙂

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Well, I went in there this evening and the countertops and sink were in!! The appliances had also been delivered. So I assume the floor is going in next…we’ll see. Plumber is going to have to come back for the faucet and disposal… It’s starting to look kind of nice. I’ve been thinking about paint, but need to see the floor first…I hope you can attain zen-ness. It’s probably beyond me!

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      • ‘Kind of nice’ is a good omen when things are still in chaos – if you can see potential in a half finished state we are well on our way to great happiness. Re paint – my advice: (I know you didn’t ask – but still ….): Put a little bit of the colour that makes you most happy into your kitchen – paint a wall and to heck with whether it matches the floor 🙂 I shall stay zen from now on 🙂

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      • arlingwoman says:

        Well to the horror of almost everyone I’ve mentioned it to, I’m thinking turquoise or the deep ochre yellow of certain Italian villas…You, I think will approve…

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Forgot to answer your question on self seeding. Yes, we just weed them out into a border, except in the large garden, where they grow crazily everywhere.

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  6. So pleased you have the sunshine to nurture your hard work. Wonderful flower arrangement with perfect colour mix.

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  7. KerryCan says:

    I don’t generally care for pink and purple flowers but your bouquet has me completely re-thinking that position–its gorgeous! We have a version of those Evening Primroses in bright yellow–I think they call them sundrops, too. They grow like weeds. The produce is fabulous (although I did a Mr. Yuck face when you mentioned okra . . . )

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Hmmm…didn’t you say once you didn’t like pink? I thought of the dark larkspur as blue and the lighter ones as lavender, but it was nice to have the mix. Expert florist Eliza Waters says those are evening primrose!! I think the gardener who told me what they were originally called them Mexican primroses??? I’d go with Eliza!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Goodness, I see that you called them evening primroses! Okra is tasty. I wish I could have you as a guest and feed it to you in different ways (which would not be torture).

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  8. Laurie Graves says:

    Lots of cool, grey weather in central Maine.Wow! What an abundance from your garden. Lovely! As are is the flower arrangement. And soon, soon, you will be back in your house. I am sure you are anxious.

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  9. Garden is looking great. Am I weird in preferring the vegetables to the bouquet of flowers?

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  10. What a lovely arrangement of flowers, made all the more special when they’re from your own garden. I love that vase and tablecloth, too. Do you wish they were yours? Lulls in remodeling are the worst. I always wanted things to be moving at a faster clip. It sounds like you’ll have major movement this week, though. It’s so exiting.

    I’m glad spring finally arrived and that all is green and lush. Enjoy!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      The counters went in today, and the sink. We’ll see what gets done. The vase is cute and the table cloth intriguing. There’s one little leaf of embroidery unfinished. You can see the ink outline and it’s half done. I think there may be a story there. I’d like the story but not the stuff, though the things are nice. I had salad with dinner this evening and my own carrots and radishes on it. It’s nice to be eating from the garden again (and to have it be warm enough to have children screeching outside at 8:45; windows open). I’ll update soon.

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  11. Brenda says:

    All those veggies make me happy. We are just entering the garden-eating zone here and those sweet flavors … oh my. As for okra, love the stuff, but I am having a hard time making it happy up here in Maine. I managed to raise one wee pod on a valiant little plant last year and I feel guilty every time I walk by my plants this cold spring, where I imagine they are dreaming of Virginia days where they can spread out in warmth. Poor babies. I think they need a greenhouse.
    You must be eager to move home. Paint those walls whatever color makes you happy.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I am greatly enjoying the veggies. I do think the okra, unless started inside and put out in high summer (for Maine, that would be July), will be unhappy. Still, the trick might be to plant enough. Could you keep it under plastic outside? I hate any okra lover to be deprived. I have heard I will be able to move home this weekend. Exceedingly happy!!! And I’ve never worried about keeping things beige, so that kitchen will have some color…

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      • Brenda says:

        I started the okra inside and then moved it to a cold frame. It was doing well but the weather turned cold when I planted it outside. It needs to go under plastic. We are planning on a small greenhouse in the next few years, so I likely will wait for that before I try okra again. Enjoy your new kitchen!

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  12. Boomdeeadda says:

    looks like your garden is really growing. I love those little carrots to can as dills. or straight from the garden with a bit of dirt on them. The table cover in your photo is gorgeous too. x Boom

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  13. Dina says:

    That’s a beautiful flower arrangement!

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