Sunday, May 10, 2009

Today's Thinnings, Awesome Mother's Day Gifts

Our daughter is a floral designer, and surprised me Friday by having this beautiful arrangement she put together for me delivered to me at work.  After reading her nice note, I was teary as I walked down the hall with the flowers.  (I chose the pic with a plate of food over the one with unfolded towels in a laundry basket.)

Our grandson likes the area where we put one of the two rain barrels his mom, our daughter-in-law made for me for Mother's Day.  I was so excited, because I've been wanting to get one for a long time, and now I have two!  (At his last check up, the doctor asked what his favorite toy is, and they said he likes brooms.  He also likes his rake, but prefers using it on the cement.)

This is my favorite time of the year, when fresh salads can be had daily from the thinnings of the greens.  I plant several kinds of lettuce, mesclun mixes, kale, spinach, radishes, and this year, some turnip greens, which are starting to bloom.  

This bachelor button was appreciative of the cover over the "gamble garden", and has started blooming ahead of the others, most of which are half the size of this one.

The beets, onions, and lettuce are growing nicely.  

I was going to title this post, "Less Dirt Showing", but there is still plenty of dirt showing.  This kale is a plain kind.  I'm enjoying the variety out of this row of mesclun.

I'm still thinning the buttercrunch lettuce, which are forming nicely.

I have been keeping up well with succession planting this year.  This bed is coming along nicely, too.  The plant in the upper right is larkspur.

I can't remember what I planted here next to the spinach, but it may be romaine or more buttercrunch lettuce.

I didn't get everything done I wanted to today, but it was a great day.  I am so excited about my rain collectors!


  1. What a beautiful arrangement. I laughed at you laundry comment. I've taken pictures before that I thought were nice until I realized what else made it in. I wish my buttercrunch made those nice little heads.
    Happy Mother's Day!

  2. Great post here. Mothers Day, Flowers, Cute Kid, Awesome Veggies, Garden Kickin' In Big Time. Ahhhhhh.

    Those salads are wonderful aren't they? It's like salad city around here. Looks and sounds like a grand day!!

  3. Susan ! Those veggies are coming along wonderfully !
    What a nice delivery of flowers for you too girl : )
    Cutie grandson !

  4. A wonderful Mother's day/spring garden post. Look at all those veggies you have. Your grandson is a sweetiepie. Your daughter's floral arrangement is beautiful.


  5. That is a beautiful flower arrangement. Glad you had a beautiful day.

  6. Beautiful flower arrangement!

  7. flowers are awesome....grandson is adorable...your salad platter is tempting......kindly enlighten..what is a rain barrel?

  8. Beautiful arrangement, awesome rain barrel and what a little cutie that guy is!

  9. Happy Mother's Day! What a beautiful arrangement your daughter made for you.
    Everything seems to be coming on fast in the salad line with you - lucky! I'm still watching my lettuces barely peeking through.

  10. The flowers your girl put together are so pretty! I would have been teary eyed too. :)

  11. pretty flowers! lettuce looks good

  12. Everything looks wonderful in the corner garden. My garden looks similar here in New England, but neither of us has anything more beautiful in our gardens than children and grandchildren.

  13. Love the broom kid with the barrels! Too cute. Wow, your garden is really coming on strong! Your bachelor's buttons opened before mine. Lovely bouquet from your daughter, how sweet. Happy belated Mother's Day!

  14. Thank you for visiting my "hellebore" blog last week! I visit your site regularly, as it is one of my favorites. I am amazed how advanced some of your plants are, compared with mine, although we are in the same zone.

    Rain barrels excite me too...I have three.

    Your grandson is adorable!


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