Birds: The birds have joined forces with the chipmunks and squirrels. Their goal is to eat us out of house and home. Oh, I'm still filling the feeders with seed every other day, but the creatures are consuming every last bit of it within 24 hours. I think the munks have even started digging though my pots, looking for grubs; I can only hope they don't destroy the plants I've managed to keep alive.
Plants: Speaking of which, the strawberries in the planters have died. Why, one whole planter -- the one on the far right of the porch, the one that gets the most sun -- has become a graveyard of hopes. Undaunted, I've decided to dump the lot and try again. The strawberries in the brown pot by the stairs continues to grow. Saw a small berry appear just this morning.
Purchased: Picked up some more dirt from Gardeners as well as a bag of Vt. compost. Also received four new planters: two medium-sized white urns and two giant blue pots. I have great plans in store for them.
Water: Watering remains a real pleasure, a zen-like activity that also gets me outside for the 10 minutes my skin requires on an almost daily basis to suck in enough Vitamin D from Ra's rays, yet not so much that I'm drained of the will to live.
Weather: Currently 62F with a light breeze. Low 56, High 78F. Mostly cloudy.
Hooks: The hanging planters have grown well. I'll have to take pictures soon, but the burgundy galaxy petunias and red/white striped petunias have blossomed. The creeping jennies seem to be doing better in the hanging baskets than in the deck planters.
Plants: Received fresh soil in the mail yesterday. Out to the garden I go. Dumped the catnip, violas, parsley and chocolate mint that perished in the deck planters. Filled those spaces with fresh soil, fertilizer and plants (more catnip, jenny and strawberries).
With the rest of the soil, I planted two pots of potatoes (one filled with roasters and the other with Magic Mollys, which I swear are purple potatoes and not anything psychedelic). Never grown potatoes before, but light knows we eat them all the time. With the pandemic messing with the food supply line, we might need them next fall. Also, planted a pot of green onions and garlic. Alliums are certainly useful in the kitchen so I figured why not?
And behold: Wee seedlings are peeking out. This is what I call success!
Water: Watered everything in the backyard. It all seemed to need it. May have to do so more than every two to three days or so to keep plants alive. I noticed the butterfly bushes were looking a bit defeated. I feel you, butterfly bushes. Summer defeats me too.
Weather: Currently 59F with a light breeze. Low 39F, High 65F. Mostly cloudy and cool. A true spring day -- in June! It won't last so I must enjoy it while I can.