It figures: it rains heavily today, the day after I finally break down and water the garden (after a few weeks of no rain, but considering all the rain we had before that, I forwent, if that's a word).
I finally noticed some tomatoes on my tomato plants yesterday, as well as some more blossoms. I have indeterminate ones, so they tend to bloom and fruit later anyway (as is the case with most heirloom varieties, which is what I planted). No sign of late blight in my garden, probably because I don't know anyone in my urban-ish neighborhood who is veggie gardening, and so I haven't caught anyone else's spores. Yet.
My pole beans are up, about an inch. Spinach just poking through.
I have to plant some turnips in my raised bed soon. Sage discovered she loved them yesterday evening, devouring them for a night-time snack, pretending to be a bunny. (What four-year-old eats turnips for a snack?)
I bought and "planted" a small trellis yesterday to hide the rain barrel that I have yet to install. It's a "one of these days..." project. I plan to grow a clematis or two up it, even if it's in partial shade. I may not get the best blooms, but I'll mostly grow it for the foliage anyway, and the blooms will be a pleasant extra.
I have a number of surprises in my garden this year: lychnis that I forgot I had planted (from seed), some sunflowers that must have fallen from a bird feeder, and a few other plants that jumped from their original location.
The problem of over-abundance: I now have ox-eye daisy seedlings all over the garden, which is soon going to be quite the nuisance. I also plan on cutting back or eliminating my obedient plant (a misnomer if there ever was one) and some loosestrife.
Today's gardening embarrassment: I finally figured out what my mystery flower was from a few weeks ago: a coreopsis. It's one of those plants I don't know well, despite its common nature. I only realized it when I saw some other ones in bloom at Skillins. Oops.
I've been filling out my parking strip with more variety, since it's mostly yarrow -- which is beautiful when it's in bloom, but then turns brown and unattractive. I now have more coreopsis, a few nepetas, and some shasta daisies.