The ladyslippers are either opening or opened. The yellow ladyslippers always catch people’s eye. They are certainly a favorite and the small ‘slippers’ are unique among flowers. We like them the best in the early morning when the dew is still on them. Sweet. What else is blooming? The azaleas are also blooming and gorgeous . Also the thalictrum and a large patch of senecio.
In the vegetable garden, the very last of the carrots were sown…just before the rain. Some winter squash and another planting of greens. The first crop of spinach will be harvested and frozen. Often we make several spanakopitas ( greek spinach pie made with feta cheese and phyllo dough) with the fresh spinach, save one for dinner, and freeze the rest. In mid winter it’s nice to reach into the deep freeze and pull out a greek pie all ready to bake.
The broccoli is beginning to form heads and the tatsoi and pak choi need picking before they bolt. In some ways it has been a late spring and the coolness has prolonged the growth of some things….tomatoes and peppers would appreciate a little more heat and a little more sun. In the meantime, we are happy for the things that enjoy the cooler temperatures and we will have to wait for the rest.
One last photo of those wonderful primula that continue to be a showstopper in the bed along the drive. This one taken looking directly down onto the flower……such great patterns in nature!
These Primula japonica keep company with an assortment of marsh marigold, here in a wet ditch that runs along the driveway. They are just beginning to open up and bring a wonderful splash of color to that area of our display beds. Many of our visitors who have wet areas ( often an unsightly ditch that is hard to plant), comment on how these primulas help naturalize those hard spots. If you visit the nursery, you’ll find some other examples for planting in moist to wet areas. As always, we thoroughly enjoy each new plant that comes into its own as the season progresses.