Archive for May, 2011

May 2011 recap

8.75 inches of rain according to my froggie rain gauge! Yikes, there were days that I planted thyme in the rain. The tomato ‘seedlings’ went in early and suffered from rather low temps.  Currently they are holding their own and have sent out shoots at the axilla of the lower leaves. I ended up replanting beet, arugula, and swiss chard.  And finally put in Dalia and canna bulbs just in the last 3 days.

Meanwhile I got a little impatient with the asparagus plantings and ended up putting in onion starts and a row of Amaranthus.  Immediately the asparagus sprouted among my plantings. Then there are volunteer tomato seedlings from the tomatoes I threw into that bed at the end of the season last year.


Maybe 5-6 years ago I bought a ‘Garden in a Box’ at the local big box store.  It promised year-long color and bloom. Through the years there have been a couple of hyacinths, a  couple of tulips. Some years a bunch of the crocus bloomed early; as they will.  There were never any daffs in the mix and so few bloomers blooming irregularly that I seldom pay attention.

Lycoris 2007

 However in 2007 we came home from a cruise on Watercolors in mid to late July to the above Lycoris.
So last fall I planted 4-6 bulbs of Lycoris in the back bed.  They are up but small. These bulbs send their leaves up in the spring  and the flower stalk comes a month or so later.  So for the time being there is a display of ‘Star of Bethlehem’ in the big box garden.  I hear tell they are invasive but not here and not now.

stay of Bethlehem



rhubarb harvest

after the harvest

Remember when I was taking pictures of the emerging rhubarb? Well now they are ready to harvest for the first time.  This year promises to be better than 2010. Last year I barely managed to glean enough stalks for 4 rhubarb pies.  Today  I harvested enough for two of them already.  2010 must have been a real bummer.

rhubarb ready to harvest

More wet weather

So we’ve had another week of cool wet weather and the tomatoes that I planted ten days ago appear to have survived albeit with damage due to the chill.

tomato exposed to cool temps
whitened and twisted potato leaf tomato

There is some hope.  The crowns of all the tomato plants appear to have more viable leaves.  So I’m thinking they will pull through.

Humph crown
another crown

Meanwhile, we’ve been watching a pair of Doves struggle to hatch their babies in the nest they made in our eaves.  they found a spot under the porch overhang but it’s been so wet it’s hard to believe the nest is dry. However the two of them soldier on and coo to us as we drink our morning coffee. 

Dad looks on at the corner nesting site



a mild day May 14th,2011

At last a mild day of rain and mist and an absence of wind–the perfect day for transplanting and introducing newbies into the garden. So far I’ve refrained from complaining about a lack of rain. My ecoclimate is certainly an exception to the rule this year.

While local growers struggle with inundated fields, here on Lynette Dr., it’s as if we are sitting on a sandbar.  Talk about drainage! But today the tall rangy tomatoes are finally out and in place; each one supported by either skewers or bamboo.

tomato seedlings


skinny tomato transplant

So too the replacement thyme. BTW it ended with my thyme purchases of Thursday being just enough to fill the voids.

thyme transplants

Vibrant spurge
Isn’t the spurge great?


May 2011 GBBD

Once again Carol at May Dreams Garden is hosting Garden Bloom Day. After our cold wet April, May brings this Western NY garden into its own.  Under the back tree there is a sampling of sweet spring colors-what a difference from last fall. The tree service really ended up beating that area  down.

Spring under the tree.

Thanks again Carol for hosting this great way to keep up with the gardens of the world.


Blooming today: Lamium, Anchusa, fringed bleeding heart, Regular bleeding heat, white epimedium, coral epimedium, sweet woodruff, for-get-me nots, creeping veronica, Ajuga, lungwort, grape hyacinth, Thalia daffodil, holly, Mahonia, tulips ,spurge, lilac, wood violets.

What is a gardener to do?

Last year-wow- the thyme was just incredibly gorgeous. It circled the inner section of the pie garde with greenery and scent.


However toward the end of the year it got really scraggly. So I  took the plunge and cut some of them back.  It didn’t work out so well. The section that got the most trimming has had the least come back and the other three areas have had marginal greening.

worn out thyme

Today I went out to find replacements. It took five stops before I found some thyme that was reasonably priced. Since I bought one or two pots at each garden center, Now I have way too much thyme on my hands.  Whats a gardener to do?

Too Much thyme on my hands

First a bulletin

at anchor in the st Lawrence 2005

It’s true—Watercolors has been launched for the season.  It’s been touch and go this spring due to the unrelenting rain and chill.  However Ken has been able to prepare the boat for launch and today the marina had a chance to splash Watercolors for the  2011 season.  There is lots more to do to prepare for the first sail.  Maybe we should put the sails on the boat–Duh– and stock the galley with the essentials.

Meanwhile back at the garden: a first —–Harvest!  I needed an herb to sprinkle  on my mashed potatoes. So out I went to the garden to harvest the first herb of the season chives  Sweet.



smashed potatoes ready to go.



A new sunny corner

We are coming up on the 1oth anniversary of our move here to Lynette Dr. When we arrived there was nothing in the backyard but grass, an above ground pool and two sheds.  In the front yard there were grandma bushes and a basketball pole, hoop and net.

The above is the southwest corner of the backyard.

Now here is a shot this week after my neighbor cut down his deciduous trees bordering the same corner of our lot.

The remaining stumps


After they cut their trees

Looks like there will be a lot more sun in that corner.  Maybe I cut the burning bushes too soon.



Owah Tagoo Siam

Say it 3 times fast.

Can you tell I’m feelin’ really stupid today? Check out the newcomer to the garden this spring:


I’ve been wondering just which fabulous lily I bought last fall from White Flower Farms and why they appear to be almost ready to bloom in early May. AND why they don’t really look like any lily I’ve ever seen. Meanwhile I’ve also been searching for the globe master allium I splurged on about the same time. They haven’t shown up with the smaller Allium that have been here for a while.

Allium patch


all Allium?

Those globe master’s are really big. WOW