May:: the garden proper

A mama-sized gnome, a middle-sized gnome, and a wee little baby gnome seized a break in the rain showers the other day in an effort to restore sanity and see how May is treating the out-of-doors . . . IMG_6169
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They’re almost here!
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Blueberries look primed to produce—third year in the ground for these plants.
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A couple of sunnier days, and the peony exploded.  Last year it didn’t have buds this size until the last week or so of May.
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Perennial herbs have come back strong: borage already has blossoms, oregano, spearmint, chocolate mint, anise blue hyssop, catnip, and lemon balm are all going strong.  Cilantro, dill, and calendula reseeded with a vengeance.
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Rhubarb can’t get here soon enough.
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Seeds planted this year are lackluster—about 1/3 of the peas planted actually came up, still waiting on carrots, radishes, and lettuce (will have to re-seed many of those).  Kale and Swiss chard are going strong as usual. 
Tomorrow we’ll see how nature’s garden is growing. 

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