Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Wonderful Rain

 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.

 Here's my vegetable garden, soaking wet and awaiting Nick the landscaper. Not this week as it continues to rain. The watermelon is already beginning to vine, so I must take care to find it a safe place to grow in its pot. One little tomato is plumping up on a bush Goliath. O boy!


  1. Wow. Your garden sure came in with a vengance. Obviously perfect weather conditions, plus the care you took to make sure it had a great base to grow in.

    I remember when I grew lettuce it actually had a taste. A lovely, mild, fresh taste. Compared to it the stuff you get in the stores is just water, and not even great water.

    The only salad downside is that usually the lettuce is done before the tomatoes and cucumbers come in, so very hard to grow a mixed salad. One preferring cool and the other preferring warm. And you can’t store lettuce like you can apples.

  2. You haven't been getting all the rain the rest of us in the Southeast have??? Yowie - it's been raining on and off for weeks! Yesterday we had 1/2". It has been pouring on and off all day and I can see that we have more than an inch. The peas were happy for a week or so but now they look like they are getting some sort of mildew, as are my lettuces, which look wan and have fallen over. I have little zinnias that I planted from seed and the little plants are struggling amongst the weeds, which adore this weather.
    I bought strawberries the other day and they don't taste much - they do need sun.
    Ugh, ugh, ugh! Cross your fingers that all you get is 24 hours of this stuff.

  3. the lettuce looks good..... I eat mine with blue cheese.... so rain or shine I have a tasty salad.

  4. Your dream garden looks glorious. I know you are so glad you moved. I planted about 30 zinnia plants today that I started from seed. Can't wait to see the colors. I saw your Bloomstruck Hydrangeas and decided to plant two myself. I think mine are going to be pink, and the blooms look small. So I'm delighted to see that yours are larger. Keep blogging about your garden. I do so enjoy it.

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