This is currently my favorite flower growing in our yard. It's a lovely rosebush that produces lots of vibrantly hot pink roses. I've already clipped some and brought them in for a small bouquet to enjoy, and there's still half a dozen more. I normally wouldn't have chosen a long stem rosebush, but I really love this one, so much so that I may end up getting another to plant nearby, if I can decide on a color!
Our peas are growing like crazy now. I'm considering whether or not i need to add more twine for them to grow up to, but we'll see. They're about a third of the way up the current trellis. No buds yet, but I'm hoping soon there will be.
My sage bush came back after the hard winter. I've never had sage flower for me, normally because I always kept it in pots, and it would get all spindly and die. It's one of the plants that actually is thriving in my soil. :)
This is my swiss chard. It's a little spindly, and there's still some weeds, but I pulled out a lot of weeds yesterday from this area, so they're doing a lot better now.
I have a plan for my beans here, to hang cattle fence against my fence as a trellis. I simply have to get it done! Hopefully soon...
I weeded around this watermelon three days ago, and you can't even really tell now. The purslane is growing like crazy!!
This is what purslane normally looks like. It's supposed to grow low, as ground cover. It can actually spread out quite a bit. The above pictured is a small one, but if I left it it would eventually cover all visible soil.
This is what purslane grows like in my garden. It gets tall. If I let it, it grows tall enough to brush my knees as I walk through. It is edible, and I have eaten some, but there is more than my family could ever hope to eat, even if we liked it. (The leaves are thick and juicy, like a succulent plant, and as most succulents are poisonous, I have a really hard time getting past that. I do have a recipe that I'm going to try when my tomatoes come in, for Purslane salad. (Thanks Kit!) Hopefully that will be better. We'll see...)
Overall, my garden is growing quickly, and some things are doing well. I have a lot of weeding ahead of me, to give the carrots, onions, peppers, broccoli, watermelon, and tomatoes some breathing room. Chris and I are discussing options for a layout next year to keep weeds down, but for now, good old fashioned ripping them out of the ground is what we're working with. (Roundup didn't even phase the purslane...) Hopefully I can get some more weeding in this evening as I get some shade back there. The whole garden is roughly 32' by 15', so we'll see if I can get ahead of the weeds before they spread across the whole plot. Wish me luck!