We've had a gloriously soaking twenty four hours of rain and it continues to pour down. While it may have ruined many picnics and parades this Memorial Day, it was a welcome deluge for the garden. Hand watering cannot compete with water from heaven. I swear this buttercrunch lettuce grew 2 inches overnight. The heads of curly lettuce in the next cubby are so tight and full, that I can't pry off a leaf without breaking the head. I'll leave them alone to grow internally. This is only the second time I have grown lettuce, and these were from nursery 4-packs. My previous attempt was to scatter Mesclun seeds and they went crazy and I couldn't keep up with them. Thinning never occured to me. Duh.
The two heads of Romaine are also bigger than ever. I do take leaves off the outersides of these and the Buttercrunch and they make a fabulously fresh salad. I am promising myself to add more lettuces like these in the cooler weather after August.
The yellow coneflowers I planted last summer are opening now. Have to unpot them and find a new home for them in the garden.
I took advantage of the early morning drizzle to plant some seeds and a half flat of coleus. I got wet but it was still enjoyable. The seeds were lettuce leaf basil, chives, beets and hyacinth bean. I know they will sprout really fast with all this warmth and moisture. Lettuce leaf basil is my fave, with it's puckered leaves that are huge and spicy. But I also have a bunch of plain ol' sweet basil seeds, for a second crop. In pesto they all taste the same.