May was a total blur! Lots of memorable moments including welcoming lots of friends into the garden for some MUCH needed help - weeding, planting, weeding, labeling, digging, weeding, rolling out / burning landscape fabric, weeding, and dreaming of blooms. Mom's friends from Crescent City (Carolyn and Bobby) came for a week and were a huge help in getting the grass mowed, giving chicken pep talks, weeding, and being lovely company whether working or porch-sitting. Leah and Lezlie came up for a day and helped plant a ton of flowers - Stock, Shasta Daisy, Rudbeckia, Ammi and DIll (I was a little over-ambitious and learned that planting seedlings that aren't big enough before a major rainstorm can lead to...Dead plants. Really learning the hard way some weeks!). Then Carrie and Lezlie (again!) came up and we did a whole row of Dahlias (which are doing SO.WELL) - Lezlie rocked the knife skillz and Carrie labeled all the stakes so we will know what is what...So thankful for these sweet friends who encourage me and cheer me on as I learn how to farm.
I cannot say enough about the support from my mom and dad in this new adventure...They keep me company in the garden, bring me water, encourage me, dig holes on occasion and of course, keep this place running the majority of the week. I seriously could not do it without them!
The poppies were first to bloom! It was an exciting few weeks of cutting these guys, searing the ends and putting them all around the house to let them do their thing - they really steal the show if you let them. I have learned a lot about how to sow these teeny tiny seeds. I will soil block again, for sure, but the mix has got to be pretty light so the roots have something to penetrate / hold onto. Looking forward to trying again in the fall, and then trying to overwinter them.
So, we are def. keeping this little ball of energy. She is so super fast, has no fear, has the.loudest.cry.ever - she is always hungry, always on the move, and mom is in la-la-love. In fact, I think we all are! TBD if she will be indoor/outdoor (or a combo)...
We also have bachelor buttons blooming, a lot more this week - I find them charming and so far don't mind cutting them although maybe on a larger scale that will change? Right now I am just so grateful to have anything to cut... :) We are going to try drying some this weekend - Excited to try it.
Our foxgloves never sent up shoots. Fingers crossed for the fall, but I think FYF (First Year Flowering) is not as easy as it sounds...I have read a little about it and am thinking they got (and stayed) too wet. Excited to try planting a lot more this September to overwinter.
Check back soon, I will be getting the snaps documented this week for sure!