A few years ago on Mother’s Day, my family gave me the beautiful lily you see at the left. I’m only around 5′ 3″ tall, and this lily is now taller than I am! The main stalk of the plant is almost as large as a .50 cent piece. It has multiplied and I have divided it up and given some of it away to others. The lilies haven’t bloomed here in our area yet, that usually happens in June.
We have extreme black dirt here at our house especially in the backyard. This whole area used to be a farm. Frank’s parents live right next door to us and they have lived there for 55 years! Their house was built in 1924 and the house next to them, is even older. Most of the homes on our street were built in the 50’s (including ours) so that left several years of open space for farming. Years ago, Frank used to ask me to come over and see his horses. My reply was usually, “You’re full of crap, you live in the middle of town.” He wasn’t kidding. Their farm was grandfathered in and they had horses and other critters here until the mid eighties. I never came over to find out and I always thought he was full of it, until 19 years later when we reconnected.
Yesterday I finished the garden. But I can’t say that’s true, as a garden is probably never finished. So our line up is as follows: Hybrid Tomatoes, Cayenne and Jalepeno Peppers, Asparagus, Broccoli, Yellow Sweet Onions, Blue Lake Beans, Sweet Snap Peas, Whopper and Jewel Strawberries, Arugula, Rosemary, Sage, German Thyme, Tarragon, Thai and Italian Basil, Italian Parsley, Cilantro, Oregano, Mint, Dill and two pretty pink Cosmos just for the heck of it! I found some thin, old wood and dug a trench to make a wall to keep the strawberries contained. The last two days have involved lots of squatting, hence the Malasana garden. Malasana is the squatting pose in yoga.
I also picked up a new plant I’d never seen before. It’s called Corkscrew Rush. I usually don’t like to blow my money on annuals, but I couldn’t resist it. It will add cool texture to my north side shade garden. I haven’t taken a photo of it, as it’s been raining buckets since I finished planting yesterday, but here’s one I found online. It’s a spiral and it feels pretty tough! It reminds me of that stuff they dry and put in flower arrangements, and hey, maybe it is! I also blew a few bucks on some really pretty Geraniums and Gerbera Daisies for the deck. I also bought some Fiesta Impaitiens (they’re pink and white with green and white leaves) for my shade garden. I hope I can winter the Corkscrew Rush inside, it’s such a cool plant!
Another cool thing my in-laws used to keep on their farm were bees. The last few years the bees have been back. In fact, from my kitchen window the other day, I saw my 83 year old father-in-law, dressed in the bee garb pitching the tallest ladder ever (imagine wooden, rickety, old) against one of our walnut trees. This didn’t look good. He’d moved some bees into a hive a few days prior and I guess it wasn’t good enough for the queen, so they bolted. He was going to “brush them down” with a broom. Sounds like a bad idea to me. Frank arrived home from work to head straight out back to help. They ended up getting the chainsaw and getting the bees on the ground. Good thinking. I didn’t get a photo, but here’s one I took of bees from another time.
This many bees weigh around one pound. That’s a lot of bees. And I’m not sure how many it takes to weigh in at that. Frank’s dad now has 6 hives full of bees. Maybe we can talk the guys into robbing them for honey this year, as we didn’t last year. The bees will also pollenate all kinds of stuff in the garden as well as the great rash of wild, Black Raspberries that grow here as well as next door.
I went to yoga this morning and the rain was a nice backdrop for our class. We didn’t do any squatting (Malasana) and I was pretty thankful.