I was in the garden last week getting some trumpet vine shoots out of the rosemary bush and saw a bird’s nest in there! What a treat! I never knew any young’uns were raised there. They had a parent with nerves of steel, because nothing ever flew out when I brushed by on my way in.
Both gardens—my own and Plot Against Hunger—are doing fairly well given the weird extremes of temperature and rainfall we’ve had. In the large Plot garden, the blackberries are amazing and there has been—I continue to cross my fingers—very little bird feasting. I will be taking several pints to the pantry on Monday.
My summer and winter squashes are doing well—with blossoms and tiny squash coming on.
The tomatoes seem to be thriving (they love the heat).
The basil is doing well and the oregano is blooming (yes, I should have been trimming it, but…) and serving the bees.
I’m looking forward to getting melons from this—the Edisto Mystery melon, which along with my cucumbers, also seems to be spreading its shoots.
Tuesday, I’ll be taking my new car on its first long road trip—all the way to Illinois to see my family—whom I’ve not seen for 18 months. It’s good to be breaking out and going places and ditching the masks. Still, I’ve been watching our brethren in the southern hemisphere, hoping things go well there, because what happens in their winter is likely to be predictive for us.
To end on a better note—I’m expecting zinnias soon, and currently have the crazy seed pods of Nigella damascenes to enjoy.
Have a fabulous week!