Here in the mid-South, we've had a string of rainy days, cold and dark, reminiscent of the weather you'd see in early April. The downpour stopped for a minute, and I ran outside to pick a few flowers.
When I'm outside, I will snip anything--weeds, ivy, bushes. You know how I love to decorate with weeds (whoever said they're a flower out of place had the right idea). Of course, flowers are the beauty queens of the botanical world, and while they may need coddling, they bring color and gaiety to a garden. Small bouquets are little jewels. Flowers also bring a connection to past gardens and people we've loved. If your mama or grandmama loved old fashioned roses, then part of them will live on if you plant a bush.
Soon we'll have tomatoes. And that means fried green tomato-bacon-and lettuce sandwiches, all slathered with mayonnaise, served on thick slices of farm bread. Bacon jam is deliciously savory and deep, too. Here's the super easy recipe.
Earlier this year, I grew nasturtiums from seed, but I haven't seen nary a flower.
The oregano has taken over my container garden. I need to transplant it into small pots and give them to friends.
Daylilies are blooming, too.
In a few days, I'll be able to cut a few hydrangea blossoms. It's been a while since they've flowered in our zone. But this year, they're making a comeback. I asked a Master Gardener about this, and she said that if hydrangeas are pruned, they might not bloom for five years. Of course, the brutally cold winters have had an impact o
in our zone--and maybe in yours, too.
But this year, everything is green and budding in our neck of the woods.
Oh, don't you just love a green-green world?
These sweet roses were a little battered by the rain, but they're even more beautiful.
This weekend, our kale should be ready to pick and cook. Of course, I'll be weeding like crazy.
But if it rains, you'll find me inside, planting zinnia seeds and repotting herbs.