Here are my Six on Saturday. There’s no over arching theme this week. Some of the photos were taken on days when we had a couple of hours of no rain. Everything is sodden and the mosquitos are breeding like crazy. That makes it difficult to work outside unless you are covered in bug spray and don’t mind being in the mud. I’ve never seen such a wet spring.
- An Eastern garter snake was sunning itself on the woodpile behind my shed. Unlike most snakes, garter snakes do not lay eggs. Females give birth to a litter of 10 to 40 live young in summer. The young are five to nine inches long at birth. I haven’t seen any babies. These snakes feed during the day on earthworms, millipedes, spiders, insects, salamanders, small fish, frogs and toads. I don’t suppose this snake is up for baby bunnies. I wish some black snakes would move in.
2. I don’t have a strawberry bed any more. The slugs, squirrels and birds finally won that garden war. These beautiful berries came from the local Farmers Market last Saturday. Eight quarts were turned into jam to enjoy and give away and we feasted several nights on strawberry shortcake. It has been so wet that I thought we might not have any strawberries this year.
3. Hyacinth vines are beginning to climb on supports made of electrical conduit placed over rebar stakes in the ground. Notice the hosta in the pot on the lower right. Lots of baby maple seedlings have sprouted. They are everywhere. Sigh!
4. The Macrantha azaleas are blooming: Macrantha Red Orange and Macrantha Rose. The flowers are hose in hose and are easily layered by pegging a low branch to the ground. I prefer the Rose to the Red Orange. They are side by side in one section of my garden. I really should move the Red Orange to another spot or put a white azalea in between which would involve moving both of these plants to make room. Moving one plant to another area seems the better idea. If it ever stops raining…
5. We are eating kale, lettuce, radishes and arugula from the veggie beds. I always have problems with Green Cabbage worms but very little damage at this point. I need to start dusting with diatomaceous earth. I meant to get a summer row cover over the plants, but didn’t get around to it in time. I’ve been seeing the little white butterflies, but no worms yet.
The sugar snap peas are beginning to climb the trellis. I have planted bush beans several times now with only a few plants coming up. I think perhaps the soil has been so wet the bean seeds rotted. I wondered if the seeds I had (from last year) were viable, but I got germination when I put some on a wet paper towel in a small zip lock bag. I stuck them in the garden this morning.
A few rose campions germinated in one of the raised beds. I’ll pull them out before they seed. I do love the gray green foliage and that magenta flower. I brought seeds from our old house twelve years ago when we moved to St. Michaels. The volunteers are easy to see and pull from unwanted places.
6. I saw a hummingbird at the hanging basket of fuscia yesterday so I moved the humming bird feeder next to it. In two weeks I’d only seen two hummers at the feeder. Maybe I put it out too late. The thing the feeder is hanging under is something that keeps the ants out of the feeder. Before I had this gizmo the ants would clog up the feeding holes. This morningI saw a hummer at the feeder while I was standing at the kitchen sink. I think moving the feeder was a good idea.
That’s my Six on Saturday for this week. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.