let’s go swimming, let’s go swimming

That’s what these two eensy-beensy bugs were doing this afternoon in one of the Ivory Peach Bellflower blooms in the front garden:

Ivory Peach Bellflower

They looked like miniature ladybugs – maybe just a very tiny species? We have had several thunderstorms today, and this was between the first and second. These Bellflower plants are really looking great! I had no idea they’d turn out to be quite so tall, but I really dig the look:

Ivory Peach Bellflower

Ivory Peach Bellflower

I’ve also got yet another pair of plants that I know I planted, but can’t remember what they are:

Unidentified plant

And a close-up:

Unidentified plant

It looks vaguely herb-esque, but I’m not sure.

Back in the veg garden, the Golden Sweet Snow Peas are blossoming:

Golden Sweet Snow Peas

Golden Sweet Snow Peas

Golden Sweet Snow Peas

I know I’ve had the lilac/purple blossoms before, but I don’t remember them being such a bright pink. I guess I got a slightly different variety this time? Regardless, they’re stunning.

I’ve also got Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli:

Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli

And some Iceberg Lettuce:

Iceberg Lettuce

And Bloomsdale Long-standing Spinach:

Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach

And here you can see Willow hanging out by the Rocky Top Lettuce Mix:

21/52: Willow in the veg garden

Rocky Top Lettuce Mix

Susan and her hub were visiting on their way out of MI last night so we made dinner (!). Mostly K grilled stuff but we also made a delicious salad from some of this lettuce, some fresh mozzarella from the Canton Farmers Market, and a delicious homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette S’s hub whipped up.

Rocky Top Lettuce Mix salad

Rocky Top Lettuce Mix salad

(These photos are obviously pre-dressing and accoutrements, but they’re pretty.)

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sun=productivity

It was gorgeous, warm and sunny, yesterday and I got out in the garden and spend almost all day out there. I put the first veg seeds in the ground, and in the process amended my plan for the veggie garden to better make use of the space (I think I do this every time – I never quite plan for the space quite right).

back veg garden

So far, in the back row there are trellises with Sugar Snap Sweet Peas, Golden Sweet Snow Peas, Fin de Bagnol Beans, and Blue Lake Bush Beans. In the row in front of that, there are (tomato) cages marking Early Russian Cucumbers, Buttercup Squash, Baby Pam Squash, Sugar Baby Watermelon, Charentais European Melon, Anaheim Hot Pepper, Purple Beauty Sweet Pepper, Fox Cherry Red Tomato, and Black Krim Tomato. I’ll be putting more things in, too, once we’re a little further into the warm weather.

I also removed the rusty old metal fence from in front of this garden bed and replaced it with metal fence posts and plastic netting (AKA plastic chicken wire), so it matches what we have protecting the fence-side bed.

view from the back of the back yard/veg bed

view from the back of the back yard/veg bed

I had meant to do that last year but never got around to it. I’d still like to install a mowing edge around the back of the lawn, but haven’t gotten around to that yet. Removing sod is one of my least favorite yard tasks.

While I was working out there, I noticed that the asparagus I planted last year is actually coming up again! I was getting worried that I hadn’t seen any sprouts yet, but it was there, just hiding as it is so very tiny.

asparagus, year 2

Finally, I’m wondering if I can split this hyssop which has gotten pretty sizable over the past few years. I wouldn’t mind having a few patches of it around the garden beds, as it does such a lovely job of attracting the bees. If anyone knows how to go about splitting it, I’m all ears.

hyssop

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