Sow What…..and other ramblings.

a journal of a garden and whatever crosses my mind

the first bounty

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the first bounty

I have never grown radishes before but a friend gave me some seeds in a seed swap, so I planted them. I don’t even usually eat radishes, but I’m all for trying new things. All of the plants in the garden are doing well but I was surprised how quickly the radishes grew. Especially when compared to basil! All of my friends know that I became obsessed with growing basil this year. It turns out that basil grows slowly. I mean REALLY slowly. I ended up buying some plants at the nursery so that we would have some to use until my baby seedlings got big enough.

My favorite wildflower

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My favorite wildflower

I guess the fact that I already carry a camera 40 hours each week slows my eagerness to take photographs in my off time. But some things need to be photographed now because their beauty doesn’t last long. I can’t count the number of photos that I meant to take, only to discover that the moment had passed. I have been waiting for the fire pinks to bloom for a few weeks now. They seem to be a little later than last year, but there has been lots more rain and much less sunshine. Anyway, they finally appeared, and I got the camera out. One opportunity not missed this year!

The controversial iris……

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The controversial iris......

Who knew? I had no idea that the Tennessee state flower had ever been the subject of controversy. It seems that Tennessee already had a state flower, the passion flower, until some folks got the idea that the iris should take its place. The iris won out and was named to its current title in 1933, but still remained the subject of controversy for many years. In 1973 the legislature gave in and awarded the passion flower the title of state wildflower. I guess that is kind of like coming in second in the beauty contest. As long as the winner is around, nobody remembers you.

A bonus day in the garden.

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A bonus day in the garden.

It was supposed to rain all day, but the best kind of surprise happened. The sun came out. After losing last weekend in the garden to rain, it was nice to get some dirt under my nails. I staked the tomatoes, which are all covered with flowers. I added some marigolds around the edges of the raised beds. I recently read that there is no evidence that they keep away bugs but the only year I didn’t plant any I had disgusting tomato fruitworms, and my goal is to never see another worm face peaking out of an otherwise perfectly good tomato. Plus, I think marigolds are pretty. I also got up some twine and stakes for the beans and sugar snap peas.

While sprucing up the herb garden with some new mulch I realized that I didn’t know the difference between oregano and marjoram. After some searching I decided this is oregano. I seem to have lots of it, so I need to try some new recipes.