we got everything done today, and then everything. it’s been an awesome weekend. i have been feeling underwater this last week or so, like we can’t possibly get all the projects done in the amount of time that we have to do them in. the tomatoes, peppers & eggplant that we planted in the greenhouse three weeks ago are barely sprouting; of 50-some tomatoes, 15 are up. eggplant is okay, but hardly any peppers are up, either. we don’t know why they’re not sprouting, and that’s distressing. the west end of the drip system needed finished before we can plant corn/beans/squash next month, and then yesterday Alan and I went to Plants of the Southwest and allowed ourselves to buy plants for the dye gardens out back, which meant that we needed to get them all into the ground, too. there were four flats of veggies that needed to go from greenhouse to garden (chard, spinach, lettuce & onions).
and now? now we are all kinds of caught up. we planned an ambitious day with too much on it, and then got MORE done than we had planned. whoa. enormous hugs of gratitude to
yesterday, Alan and i made space in the morning to go up to Plants of the Southwest to find half of Alan’s dye plants for the back garden (around the edge of the ritual ground). i splurged on a few well-grown tomatoes (a Yellow Taxi, which did so incredibly well last year and have not sprouted this year, and two Rio Grande Tomatoes, hitherto unbeknownst to me), dill & thyme, hyssop, soapwort, spearmint, and a big showy yarrow for the back garden, on the verge of blooming. Then Alan bought me an early birthday gift–a lilac! it, too, is on the verge of blooming. because it is impossible not to impulse-spend at the greenhouse, and because i almost never regret such impusles later, we also bought a five-gallon black currant. i looooooove black currants. this is a nice big plant, too. our other two currants (the golden & the red lake) both miraculously survived their winter of neglect, and are full of leaves, so today we planted this fellow in line with them, on the south edge of the garden.
after helping a friend move this morning, we launched into garden day extraordinare.
grape hyacinths in the front greywater garden:
potatoes & kale
pleasingly tall kale:
which i’m so enamored of, i’ll show it again:
green oakleaf lettuce
onions (with an Apple in the background)
our shiny new black currant bush:
bronze fennel, in the new dye bed:
yarrow and mint, rudbeckia and coreopsis:
my birthday spirea, a present last year from
a lovely lilac from lovely Alan. our yard is full of gifts!
lilac flower buds:
the new soapwort:
and the hardy maximillians from Caer Aisling, already coming up along the front fenceline.
and later in the week, for the new moon, we’ll sow more tomatoes, peppers & squash seeds, in the greenhouse. and if we’re behind again, well, it’s not the first time. and it’s not like we didn’t try last month. next year i might start the tomatoes in the cold frames in March, or at least under cold frame lids, where we can keep them warmer than the tall greenhouse at night.
now my knees and elbows are made of mud and i have dust in my hair (and, i think, glitter from yesterday’s party, too). shower and bed, and back to the office in the morning. for some reason.