I got back from Cambridge this afternoon to find my garden lush but dry. I did some immediate watering of my whole garden. After dinner, I did some accounting:
- Veggie growth: my potatoes have finally surfaced. Soon enough, I will hill them to encourage them to produce more potatoes. Indeed, my entire raised bed looked healthy, with everything seemingly about an inch taller. (When I watered it before I left, I added some seaweed fertilizer to my watering can.)
- Flower growth: baptisia are about three feet tall; summersweet seems to have survived the transplant; 1 hesperis (dame's rocket) about 18 inches tall, others about a foot; grape leaves look open and full; roses look healthy and green; clematis are thriving.
- In bloom: columbine, some late snowdrops (or something), spanish bluebells, ratibida, a few irises (one which broke), one lupine, flax, and speedwell.
- Producing flowers: salvias, oriental poppies, chives, yarrow, and verbascum.
- Gone by: strawberries (planted last year); all my tulips have lost their lustre, though they have all turned a deep rich purple that's a very attractive death.
- Where'd they go? So far, no sign of my shasta daisies, and one of my russian sages failed to produce much growth this year. The shasta daisies are especially confusing.
- Damn! Got my first mosquito bite of the year. Already!?!