What’s new in the garden

Mystery flower

I don’t know what this flower is, but it’s growing behind the back fence, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’ll have to do a little research later this evening and see if I can identify it.

Honeysuckle

I wish I had a way to post smells online for you to enjoy, because this honeysuckle growing next to the back fence is absolutely lovely.

Trail of Tears beans

The rain really helped my beans. These are a variety we got from Seedsavers called Trail of Tears. We’ve planted them before, and they’re wonderful — very productive, very tasty, and they put out these gorgeous little purple flowers.

Eggplant

Here’s an eggplant we bought from the Tomato Man. I think it will do well. I bought four different varieties. My editor tells me he has a killer eggplant parmigiana recipe, so I think we’re going to work out a little swap this summer: I’ll supply the produce if he’ll cook lunch for everybody. :)

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is one of my favorite plants because it’s so easy to grow. It’s a mint, so once you get it started, it will take care of itself forever. You just have to keep it from taking over the whole garden. I solved that problem by cutting the bottom out of a flowerpot, sinking it in the ground, and putting the plant in there. It confines it without interfering with the root system too much.

Zucchini

I’ve had two requests for zucchini so far. Which is a good thing, because I planted three hills of the stuff, and I know we’ll have way more than we can possibly use ourselves.

I didn’t take any pictures of the tomatoes, because they don’t look much different than they did the other day, but they’re all very healthy and pretty and green.

I’m hoping for a good summer in the garden.

Emily

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3 Responses to What’s new in the garden

  1. M.T. Nester says:

    The purple-flowered plant looks like larkspur to me. It’s very pretty.

  2. I think you’re right. I don’t know whether it’s wild or just a leftover from the wildflower mix I tossed out there last summer, but it’s awfully pretty. I’ll try to keep an eye on it and save seeds when it makes them so I can plant some more next year.

  3. M.T. Nester says:

    I think that the plant you thought was ground ivy might have been ajuga. Someone had some of that at the Garden Club plant sale Tuesday and it looked like the picture you posted a while back. The flowers are similar, but there are more of them on the ajuga than there are on ground ivy. Ground ivy here is nearing the end of its bloom time.

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