Skeeter has an upset tummy

How do I know? Because I can hear it gurgling and his noxious emissions are paint off the wall worthy.  My eyes are watering.

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Weed of the Week – English Plantain

Another plant that I regularly rescue from the lawn is English Plantain.  I know many consider it a noxious weed but I have a fondness for it.  It reminds me of home, and its neat little clumps of sword shaped leaves and dainty pollen laden flowers that dance on the slightest breeze makes it an attractive alternative to ornamental grasses in the garden.

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It is reliably perennial and also has medicinal uses, one of the main ones being a tea brewed from the leaves being a highly effective cough medicine apparently (I have to admit I have never tried it).

Tomatoes!

I have my first baby tomato forming.  Admittedly it is the size of a gooseberry right now but now I cannot wait for my first cheese and fresh tomato sandwich.  SONY DSC

By the way, I know there are a few aphids on there but hopefully the ladybugs and their babies will be along momentarily to take care of them.   (If they don’t show up soon I’ll just knock the aphids down with some soapy water before they can do too much damage).

Also the broccoli is coming along nicely.

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Although I have to admit that I am concerned that it is going to get too hot for them in the near future and they will bolt.  If that looks like it is going to happen I will just harvest them as they are bound for my husband’s nightly salad anyway.   I can’t wait to go out there in the evenings and graze on the goodies growing.  It is my favorite kind of dinner, picked and eaten right out there in the garden.

Flowers, flowers, flowers galore!

My husband’s school’s FFA chapter held another plant sale this week and they had reduced their prices yet again and now a 36 plant flat was only $3.00. Well what is a girl to do? I ordered a flat of red Marigolds, a flat of purple Salvia and a flat of Ruellia.  Today I spent most of the day getting the plants in the ground or in my containers.  They didn’t have a full flat of Ruellia so they made it up with three quart pots of Lantana “Buttercup” which really worked with my purple and gold theme.  Anyway when I counted up the empty flats today I calculated that between veggies and flowers I have planted 650 plants.  Methinks it is time to sit back and watch it grow.

First up the containers are filling in nicely.  First up Purple and Gold

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Next Red, White and Blue

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Next front bird bath bed

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The shade bed

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The bed on the far edge of the patio

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Finally the bed the other side of the patio

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Flowers, flowers and more flowers if this doesn’t keep the bees and butterflies happy then I don’t know what will.