gleeful gardening…

Much of our free daily hours (of which there are precious few) are taken up with peering at the results of our seed planting and commenting on the respective growth of each plant and which ones are looking decidely sickly, or stunted, or shameful.

There are far too few that are proudly waving their top leaves in the air, with stocky stems and luscious leaves. Instead, we are faced with some seedlings which seem exceedingly shy and reluctant to show their full potential or glory.

Added to this some miserable weather, which started with snow, and frost that lasted forever, along with rain that has lashed our babies until some of them lay trampled and lifeless against the cold sodden earth with no hopes of ever rising towards the sun again…. sniff… poor poor wee things…

So Handsome was the one that got his hands dirty in the soil for his seeds. He lovingly placed each one (sometimes with tweezers they were so small!) into the minature plant pots, and eyeballed them every day for signs of the first green shoots. I took the lazy route. I bought my flowers ready grown, with heads of flowers already ready to burst open. And I couldn’t wait for his herb seedlings to grow to the point where I could start using them for our food, so I bought some ready grown ones of those too. But both of our plantings have been blighted by the rain pelting down, and my flowers are now missing all their petals because the ferocity of the showers last night took off anything that wasn’t properly attached… You can imagine my trepidation as I came home this afternoon, in fear of finding all plants flattened and a basement full of water. Here’s what was coming off our roof last night. I have never seen the rain come down so hard here. The whole road was flooded…

rain, rain, go away...
rain, rain, go away…

So, by way of recording our green fingers, plus giving Handsome a taste of home as he is working away at the moment… here’s a selection, taken today, of the one remaining flower on each plant, or the herbs that stood up to the rain or, most importantly, the hops that make our hearts sing with promises of future brews…

hopefilled hops…

Two headed hops, challenging us to cut off one head...
Two headed hops, challenging us to cut off one head…
one headed, strong and hearty, ready to bear us fruit...
one headed, strong and hearty, ready to bear us fruit…

heavenly herbs…

cilantro...
cilantro…
parsley...
parsley…
my favorite and namesake, rosemary...
my favorite and namesake, rosemary…
lovely lavender and mighty mint...
lovely lavender and mighty mint…

fairytale flowers…

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sexy seedlings, labels lost, won’t know what they are until they bear fruit…

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