Monday, April 1, 2013

Mother Nature's April Fools Joke: Sunshine!

It was so sunny and warm this weekend, I felt compelled to take some of the subtropical plants (including the tomatoes, eggplants, and lime tree in this photo) out of the greenhouse and into the full-on blazing sunshine.  I put them back in, but what a weekend this has been - upper 60s to low 70s for four days in a row with crystal clear blue skies.

Although it feels like summer, the birch and cottonwood trees still cry winter...

While Japanese maples are beginning to shine through in their brilliant coats of spring color.

The way this rhubarb picks up the late afternoon sunlight is almost surreal.

These tomatillo seedlings were sprouted from a single $1.29 packet (same price as a song on iTunes).  With the price of the peat pots & potting mix added in, it's still under $6 for three trays of seedlings.

Speaking of edible plants, the peas are all doing fantastic.  And the spinach planted around the perimeter has finally germinated.  I am sure the neighbors think I am crazy when they see me out watering this time of year, but I can't let that soil dry out!

I'm trying hard not to brag, but look at all these beautiful strawberry plants!  This is the June-bearing patch.  I have an ever-bearing patch on the other side of the house.  Blueberries & strawberries go great together - not just on waffles, but in the garden too.

Ah yes, there is most definitely a light at the end of the cobblestone pathway....


  1. This was a great April fools' joke! Thanks Ma. Justin, your garden always looks spectacular! Do you do all of that yourself? The image of the sun through the rheum leaf is gorgeous!

  2. I had that Rheum for a few years...but I could not keep it wilted so badly I finally gave it away :-(

    1. I'll have to find a shallow area that gets a good amount of water, but I know how it goes sometimes they can wilt in the heat no matter how well they're watered.