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.


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.


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.


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.