things happen! D and I decided to go to the Memorial Golf Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Normally, I would hate to leave the gardens, but things were pretty well caught up (at least until I can start hauling mulch) and the forecast was for one day of beautiful sunshine and three days of intermittent or solid rain. Not good for gardening or golf, but I thought a break would be good. And it was….the golfing was terrific and the weather was perfect for it….mid-80’s and barely a breeze. It was fun to just walk around that beautifully manicured course and enjoy the well-planned vistas. Not to mention inspecting the landscaping at some multi-million dollar homes. (No cameras allowed.)
The car had barely stopped in our driveway before I hopped out to begin inspecting the gardens. The weathermen had totally blown it. All four days while I was gone were sunny, mid-to-upper 80’s with drying winds. Fortunately, my good neighbors had watered the greenhouse and plants still in flats (although not as often as I would have, but beggars can’t be choosy.) I quickly dragged hoses to water the things most recently planted. A few may not recover, but most were okay and very appreciative of a drink. The planters on the deck were very thirsty. Overall, it could have been a lot worse.
On the plus side, sunshine and warmth causes lots of good things to happen. In the Front Island, the very first daylilies of the season (Stella d’oro, of course) came into bloom. So did the first yarrow, which was supposed to be Terra Cotta, but appears to be too pink for my taste.
It will have to come out 😦 Happily, the Asiatic lilies that opened are correct colors: And the first tritoma bloom is lovely. In the potager, the first tree roses flowered: I’ve never tried growing a tree rose before, but so far so good. In fact, during my absence several things flowered! The first tomato (Orange Chef) has multiple flowers. And 2 summer squash plants not only have flowers, but miniature squash! Look about 3:00 and see two babies! The cilantro also bolted, but the flowers are so fairy-like and delicate, that I love them, and they promise another crop of leaves later on. Same goes for arugula. Being away, I totally missed the first flowers on the Parisian cucumbers, because the first babies are already there!
Can you see them? And those pole beans that were just beginning to climb the trellis shown in the May Review post grew another 18″! Some of the pepper plants are beginning to flower, and as I knelt to photograph this bloom
I saw this weird pepper already formed!
It’s supposed to be a New Ace, but it looks weird to me. We’ll see what happens as it grows. Speaking of growing, suddenly while my back was turned and there are mini-minature cauliflower and broccoli as well. I would have taken photos for you, but the camera battery died. Maybe next time. And, maybe I should go away more often. Things happen!