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It’s been a busy couple of weeks over at the garden plot.  As of May 27, we have sowed or transplanted more than half of our plants for the summer.  Here are a couple of pictures of what the garden looks like so far:

I have transplanted half of the tomato plants so far with plans to transplant the remaining plants this evening.  Last week the tomato plants spent their first week outside, hardening off.  They were in for quite a shock as temps. climbed to 80-degrees

On Tuesday evening I transplanted the brandywine, nepal, velvet red, and red pear tomato plants:

We have also been very busy sowing/transplanting flower seeds.  We are going to grow 5 types of flowers in our plot to be used for our wedding coming up in July.  We are growing Zinnias (3 varieties), Sunflowers (zebulon), Bells of Ireland,  Rudbeckia (goldilocks), and Snapdragons.  Last Saturday, we purchased a tray each of snapdragons and zinnias to get a head start, here are some pics of them after they were transplanted:

We also sowed 3 varieties of Zinnia seed into 3- 4′ x 5′ plots.  Here is what the plots looked like on May 22:

…and 5 days later on May 27:

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This year we will be gardening in a Full Plot (25′ x 30′) at Hunt Park. As some of my blog readers know, Natalie and I are getting married this summer and we are planning to grow our wedding flowers in the garden plot. We are planning to dedicate about 1/3 of the garden to this task, the other 2/3 will be for the multiple veggies that we are growing. We are also going to construct a potato box, and grow some of the peppers in a Earth Box (thank you Cindy!).

There will be a walkway that will run the length of the garden. When you first walk in, there will be 3 tomato types on the left (Nepal, Gooseberry, Brandywine) and 3 tomato types on the right (Green Zebra, Red Pear, and Velvet Red). Next to each tomato plant there will be a row of carrots.

As you walk west in the garden (toward the top of the diagram), on the left is where we will construct our potato box. In that area we will also plant the other 2 tomato types (gold rush currant tomato and sweet pea tomato). The beet area will be on the right – 2 types this year (Bulls Blood and Chioggia).

As you continue West, the next are on the left will be the lettuce, broccoli, and kale patch. As the summer goes by this may used for something else since these things don’t do to well in the summer heat. The herb patch will be on the right (cilantro, basil, rosemary, oregano). I will also place the Earth Box here which will include 2 types of pepper (Bull nose and Quadrato Giallo).

On the west end of the garden is where we are planning to plant our wedding flowers. We are growing 4 types here: Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Bells of Ireland, and Snapdragons.

Throughout the garden we will have some potted Sunflowers that will also be used for our wedding.

That is the plan for now…

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Our garden features 3 different kinds of flowers and 2 types of sunflowers. Every time we head over to the garden we are amazed at the number of bees the flowers attract. Here are some pictures of our flowers, you will notice in most of the pictures a bee is present.

Blue Cornflowers

Purple Cornflower

Indian Prince Flowers

bee



Lavatera flower

closed sunflower

open sunflower with a bee


The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee . . . gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.

~Leonardo DaVinci

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On Thursday evening I went over to the garden to harvest some lettuce for dinner and saw that some of the sunflowers had bloomed. A couple of the sunflowers are over 10′ tall.

The amazing thing about sunflowers is the intricate pattern the seeds make on the inside


I love this picture of a sunflower just about to bloom

This is the Evening sunflower that is growing in the eggplant patch


Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.

~Henry Ward Beecher

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