reading in the hammock, planting seeds, watching things grow, soaking in the lovely weather. it was in the 60s today, with a nice breeze and some clouds. the forecast for the next five days shows clear skies and highs in the 70s every day. i’m hoping by this weekend i can have all my soil-working business finished.
i drew up semi-final garden layout plans, and i’m trying something i’ve never done before: one segment is designated a “wild area.” it already has lemon balm, dandelions, grape hyacinths and grasses growing on it, and i’m leaving all that intact, not weeding or cultivating at all, but i added a few seeds: borage, calendula, quinoa and alfalfa. now i’m leaving it alone to see what happens. it’s possible none of it will grow. i just like the idea of having a space that i don’t feel the need to fuss over and try to control.
another new thing for this year: potato. just one, and it’s purple. i’m not that psyched about the idea of growing potatoes, but this is idaho after all, i have a stereotype to uphold.
isn’t it amazing how seeds of the same type all germinate at once? it makes sense, but it’s still amazing. i planted 10 nasturtium seeds outdoors on march 17th, knowing it was a little early, thinking there was a chance they'd rot in the ground. i’d just about given up on them, then in the last three days all 10 came up--two monday, six tuesday, two wednesday.
slipperwort is a new favorite flower of mine. i think the blossoms look like frogs with their necks puffed out. (speaking of frogs, major seasonal milestone: i heard a chorus of peepers for the first time on the 13th. it was far-off, none in my back yard yet, but soon.)
my mom got this giant teacup planter for me and i love it. i’m going to fill it with at least three different tasty tisane herbs, at least one of them a flower--i was thinking about doing a fairy flower theme, since that’s my all-time favorite herbal tea, but the plants in that blend are too big and numerous. i'm totally open to suggestions.