After a very slow start, Spring is catching up to “normal” although we are still a bit behind. It’s been warm and dry for several days, allowing the farmers to get their fields planted after a late start. Yesterday, I noticed the field on the corner has enough seedlings emerged that I could “row” the corn! In my gardens, the first “Old Gold” iris opened today. It’s not as showy as some of the newer modern ones, but it was a “pass-along” plant from a good friend, so I value it, plus it never seems to be bothered by iris borers! For comparison, in 2016 it bloomed May 1st and in 2017 on May 2. In the potager, the chamomile just opened with its dainty white daisies. I’m not a fan of chamomile tea, but I harvest the flowers to use in a delicious tea bread. These plants self-seeded in the potager’s interior borders, which German chamomile will easily do if it has a sunny, well-drained situation. I let it spread here and there as a filler until other plants fill in, and then pull out excess. I love the Tulip batalinii “Bright Gem” that line the potager’s main path’s edges. They bloomed on March 16, 2016 and on April 19, 2017. They are quite long-lasting and have amazingly large flowers for their total size. To their left you can see the “Penny Orange”violas. Soon, a “Hot Pak Orange” marigold will be added between each viola. On the right, the first “Green Arrow” peas are beginning to climb the fencing. The “Royal Burgundy” beans planted on April 22 are growing nicely now at the left edge of this bed. The newly planted “Strike” beans are just breaking ground on the right in this photo. And the second planting of peas are coming through as well. In the front section of the potager, the diagonal and triangle patterns are beginning to emerge, but better in some areas than others. The “showy” triangle is made of “Little Gem” lettuces that began life in the greenhouse. In another bed, the radishes are beginning to show color and should be ready to harvest soon. Last year the first radish was harvested April 26. Although it’s a late start, I’m not unhappy with this season to date. Last year, we had a killing frost on May 8th that ruined many things, so I’ll take a slow, steady warm-up any time! That’s my “Six” for this Saturday. Visit The Propagator for many more contributions to this meme.