Still, as the matron apple tree appears to decline, there are young, fresh plants just beginning their journey. Seven sunflowers in Bed 2 are up and about with large leaves patiently waiting for the hot summer sun. 15 more are barely out of the ground on the west side of the garden - planted under chicken wire, and hidden by dried weeds to thwart the hungry birds. They are planted on the west side, because, invariably, a sunflower will face the morning sun when it prepares to set seed.
- Peas - over 30 of them, ranging from just sprouted to 4 inches tall
- Spinach - var. "Matador" - 39, some with their first set of true leaves
- "New Toy" Day Lilies - 3 sets, barely out of the ground and only a few inches high - hoping their bright pink blooms will add color to the garden all season long
- Rosemary - continues to bloom
- Lemon Balm - self seeded babies are launching their first true leaves
- Bearded Irises - Deep maroon tips peak out of lengthening scapes
- Garlic - waits for the summer heat to spur them to bulk up their bulbs
- Hens - Acquiring 8-12 eggs a day
Enjoying the blessings of the season - in spite of snow last week and the chance of freezing night temperatures still in the forecast.