Watching My Garden Grow and Grow and Grow

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Calendula with a little busy bee atop

I read a few days ago that in 117 years of record keeping this has been the wettest spring in Portland, Oregon. I am thinking that last year holds first place. We have had horrible weather, the kind that people describe Portland as, wet, grey, rainy, all the time. I have always been irritated by this because it's just not true! But no one that has hasn't been here for more that a few years would believe me and would probably think I was completely delusional.

But I am always looking for that silver lining - and I can find it in my garden.

I do not have a green thumb. I do have a green heart though; I love to work with soil and flowers, herbs, vegetables and anything beautiful and/or useful. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, my gardens never survive very well - and let's not talk about house plants! I know it is because I probably don't give it the right attention, I like to talk baby-talk to my garden mates rather than water them regularly, and I watch my vegetables get to massive proportions before I will cut them back or harvest them at all. But I plan to change that this year, because my garden is thriving without me! I planted most of it last year to no avail, but this year it is growing strong, and beautifully I might add. Perhaps it is all the rain, or the fact that we didn't get any snow this last winter but my garden just started growing! Maybe this particular garden really loves baby-talk, but I am vowing to school myself on what to do after you plant the garden. Geez, I should have done this sooner, but I definitely owe it to this hardy garden.

If you don't see a name below the photo that means I forgot what is was, d'oh! Can you identify these lovelies?

Rainbow Chard

Beautiful Poppy

Walla Walla Onion Blossom


 Romaine Lettuce

Strawberries, Almost ready!



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