The garden is lovely. The warmth of the day released the tangy smell of tomatoes and the two artichoke plants reveal three perfect, green artichokes. Twenty-five corn ears are listening for intruders and friends alike. The sunflower plant stands tall and with a pinched face is trying to look out over the back fence. Bright yellow flowers on the zucchini plants show that they have been pollinated, for some of the flowers are pregnant with a tiny green bump showing.
Nicole and I tested the soil by the morning glories and discovered that the Ph level is 6.5. Perfect. A dog named Scout came to visit with his owner. The border collie greeted us with a wet tennis ball.
I feel the surprise and admiration from visitors to Pine Grove. The garden plants feel it also. Oh, and, of course, the corn’s ears hear the praises and are wanting to pop for joy.
Summer zipping past, days growing shorter, but the corn is growing taller. Knee high by 4th of July is the saying in the Midwest. At Pine Grove the corn is neck high on 4th of July. These corn seeds were from a packet sold back in the mid 80’s. Over 25 years. Don’t believe they make corn seeds like that anymore. Honest seeds.
The garden is quiet, just the sounds of phoebes chirping and blue belly lizards doing sit ups. Yes, if one listens one can hear pumping of arms. Very impressive to a female, me.
Marigold seeds were planted under the Apple tree, morning glory seeds placed along the fence outside the garden. Three cucumber seedlings, tiny as can be, planted by the entrance garden gate. Let us just see if they grow big enough to block the path! I dare them.
As the month of July begins, plantings of pumpkin seeds and clary sage seeds take place. The weather remains cool, low 70’s f. and no rain. Snails, slugs and squirrels slither, slide and sneak into the garden. Nutrition is plentiful for them.
The Cricket Garden Club is limping along with two members. Last Tuesday white plates were painted so expertly by Nicole and Henry. Then the plates were placed by the plant they identified. Thank you Crickets.
To my friend and clever teacher, Anne Maddox, I say welcome.