This final “Six on Saturday” for May 2021 begins with the first rose of the season! As you can see, we had a bit of welcome rain during the night washing all the dust that had settled on every surface during the neighbors’ planting the field next door, and now everything looks fresh and clean. The roses have grown well and are filled with buds, so anticipation is high for June.
2) Nigella, or “Love in A Mist” is one of my favorites, and it just burst into bloom this week in the potager’s interior border. Varying shades of blue are such a delight amid that dainty, ferny foliage. They self-seed and pop up here and there, always welcome. There are white ones in the Cutting Garden, but they have not even budded yet.
3) There’s nothing prettier than thyme in bloom. “Lemon Mist” is my favorite thyme. It’s bloom is actually a bit more lavender than the photo shows. Normally it is just covered in honeybees, but there’s so few now in our area that if I see one or two a month it’s a cause for celebration.
4) The first blooms of the season opened this week on the snow peas. They bear close watching, because it seems the time from flower to edible pods is just a blink or two.
5) If you’ve read this blog for long, you know that I’m fascinated by the variations in seedlings. I can’t help but wonder if the lettuce in the center is actually a “mutant” of “Reine des Glaces”, or just an errant seed that got stuck in the packing machine and accidentally dropped into the wrong seed packet. Anyway, I’m loving those jagged tips on the “Reine” lettuces and just hoping they taste as good as they look! It’s a French “head” lettuce that does really well in cold weather, thus its name “Queen of the Ice” so I’ll do another planting in the fall and hope it matures into the colder autumn weather.
6) The dwarf “Robin Hood” favas began setting pods early in the week. The four “standard” tall favas just began to bloom the end of the week. All are being pollinated by the carpenter bees that are drilling holes in my Lady Cottage again….I guess we take the good with the bad.
That’s my six for this week. And just an update on “Thwarting the Bunnies”…so far, so good two night’s running. For more “SOS” highlights, visit The Propagator, the host of this fun meme.