I think I’m going to start a new feature called “Backyard Ballad” in which I post a couple of snaps of whatever is happening around our yard.
She really, actually enjoys mowing the lawn.
We have flowers and animals and get-togethers and campfires and hummingbirds and hammocks and I think this would be a nice way to look back and remember the little moments which make this place so special to us.
A well-earned rest
I thought about calling it Back-yode, like an ODE to the backyard, but I talked myself out of it instantly and then I wrote this sentence.
These few pics are from one of the two sunny days last week.
We called these “spit bugs” when I was a kid. These little insects leave white, bubbly blobs on long grasses which look a lot like spit; ergo, spit bug. I just checked on Wikipedia and apparently, they are more well-known as “froghoppers”* and can jump “many times their height and length.”
Anyway, when we were really little we used to pick them up with our fingers and look for the tiny, little green bug inside them.
That is an activity that I have outgrown.
And this is a pretty little catnip plant** which we planted after Brother T cleared the back part of the yard.
*of the superfamily Cercopoidea
**better known as nepeta cataria
I broke out the real camera for this post, ya’ll. As will be evident in the increased quality, amateurish control of exposure settings, and as much bokeh as I can figure out how to get.
If I remember to do it, I’ll try and take this same picture as the beans grow. I’ll also let you know if they prove to be “exceptionally tender and delicious”.
These pictures are from Saturday, I think, and were followed by four days of thunderstorms and rain, so Sister and I were pretty anxious to get all the rest of the garden planted.
Red Swiss chard
Let’s be real…there was probably dirt on my face, too.
Mmmmmmm can’t wait!
Bush beans and zucchini
There are two questions now on my mind.
- How do I actually, you know, harvest plants?
Look at that, you guys.
A TOMATO BLOSSOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I planted the pole beans along the Northern fence and hopefully they will climb right up the sides. Our neighbors are professional landscapers, and I told one of them that it’s intimidating to have pros watch you pick up a shovel and plant things, but she said veggie gardens are all about experimentation and to just go for it, so that’s what we’re doing! (She also brought over some Cosmos seedlings and says that they will get big and colorful and bloom all summer long. Can’t wait!)
So, there we have it. Our hopeful veggie garden contains:
- six varieties of tomatoes
- Kennebec potatoes
- yellow and red swiss chard
- heirloom red carrots
- romaine lettuce
- butter crunch lettuce
- lemon verbena
- sweet onions
- red onions
- yellow squash
- purple eggplant
- white eggplant
- orange, green, and purple bell peppers
- one jalapeño plant
- and cucumbers
Wait, do you think I went overboard?