Sprouting, Growing, and Blooming

With the regular rains we’ve been getting this spring, our gardens and yard are just so much better than last year at this time when we were already in the grip of a drought.

Our veggies are coming along:


From left to right:  3 rows of sweet corn, 2 rows close to each other of mesculin leaf lettuce, 1 row of red zeppelin and yellow copra onions, and 3 rows of potatoes– yukon gold and red pontiac.  And since I took this pic, we’ve planted tomatoes and cucumbers too.  So we’re done planting veggies for the year except for the okra. I need to get those seeds planted.

Here’s a couple close-ups:

Sweet corn

Mesculin Lettuce

Mesculin Lettuce

Several years ago we transplanted several sandhill plum trees from our pasture. We put them in a row near the veggie garden. They’ve been a real pain in the butt to mow around and after last year’s drought I was in the mood to just cut them down as they haven’t produced any plums yet.

Well, they must have read my mind:

Sandhill plums

I’m starting to have visions of plum jelly dancing around in my head.

My Harrion’s Yellow Rosebush is blooming its little heart out:


Planted as just a little stick about 4 years ago, it’s exploded into a large bush up over my head. No watering, no fertilizing, no mold, no bugs. Truly a no-care rose. It’s covered with thorns and it needs to be as lately we’ve been afflicted with a marauding deer. Nothing is safe from the ravenous beast: Our choke-cherry trees, our plum trees, asparagus, potato plants, phlox, etc.  The brazen walking lawnmower even eats from the flower beds right next to the front door! I told Harland to get the gun and shoot it. Practical man that he is, he replied that we’d then have to dispose of the body. Rats! So I sprayed the only thing I had on everything: Seven. It’s for bugs and such, but works great as a deer repellent. Who knew? Must taste bad.

The columbine I started from seed several years ago is blooming.


I love the way it just bobs along on the breeze 40 mph wind without a care.

Harland set up our yellow Adirondack chairs last week.


We haven’t had time to sit in them yet, but it’s nice to know they’re ready for us when we do have time.





Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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12 Responses

  1. Carol says:

    Wow Suzanne, you have been a busy girl, your garden looks amazing! How do you plant such straight rows?

    • Suzanne says:

      Two poles and a string. Just position each pole at either end of row and pull tight. Plant by the string and then move the string to the next row.

  2. Alica says:

    Your garden looks great! Tell Harland that of course, you butcher said deer! If it’s causing “crop damage” it’s ok, right?! 🙂 Your yellow chairs look so inviting! I’ll be over some day to chat awhile.

  3. Okay, things are getting planted, right? The cows and calves are in summer pasture. Isn’t it time to make use of those chairs now?

    I love your garden. Wish I had good dirt like that instead of pure sand.

    • Suzanne says:

      I lived in Florida (Clearwater) until I was 7 years old and I remember my parents trying to grow a garden and being very frustrated.

  4. Jeanne says:

    Well! Your garden surely does make ours look tiny! (And it really is tiny – only about 12 feet square!) We have four tomato plants, three bell peppers, three burpless cucumbers, and a couple of rows of yellow beans. The buttercup squash didn’t come up yet – must need new seed! That’s about all there’s room for! But my Hunny takes good care of it and it looks great! Yours looks great too!

    • Suzanne says:

      But even in a small space you can grow a lot of veggies. Your garden sounds like it doing well too. Yay for fresh produce!

  5. Lorraine says:

    We have tow patio tomatoes. One is a beef steak and one is the tiny golden cherry type. It gets so dry here in KY that the poor beef steak will probably dry up and blow away. I may get a German Heirloom and give that a try.
    Several new knock out roses. Seeds for Zinnias are coming up and pink cosmos seeds are just starting. Iris are gone now.
    Your chairs look very inviting! A drink and a book in the shade. Sounds just too inviting.

  6. Zricha says:

    The rose is gorgeous. Love your veggie garden. The chairs are just like the ones in the Smurf game 🙂

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