After a slow start, everything is burgeoning (including the green aphid population)! Look at the difference!
Ornamentals – 5/23 and 6/18:
Vines & broad-leafed edibles – 5/23 and 6/18
Non-vining vegetables – 5/23 and 6/18
Close-up of the zucchini 6/10, 17, & 18
And the German chamomile – late May and today:
Finally, a photo of the the first & last time I saw a gardenia: May 11th, fresh from the nursery. I have low expectations with this plant (sustaining it all summer is one thing, getting it to flower is another, and successfully nurturing it indoors all winter is yet another, still), but you’ve gotta try, right?
I’m beaming about the plentitude – despite the pests and the curious lack of beneficial bugs. Excitingly, even my Panama Passionfruit Melon and Kajari Melon have begun to grow. Enticed by the romantic notion elicited by the words “botanical exploration”, I couldn’t help but try them out. Knock on wood for them to spite the aphids, the limitations of their containers, and the extraordinary environmental conditions, and thrive!