It was perfect gardening weather both mornings this weekend, so I got a lot done. It was delightful until afternoon, and then it heated up. Yesterday I had to stop before it got hot, because I was helping with a baby shower in NLR. Many of you may remember Master Gardener, and my dear friend Cecelia Buck, who passed away a few years ago from brain cancer. Her daughter is married and expecting her first baby this August, and she and her husband came in this weekend for a baby shower. They live in Virginia, where he is still in the Marines. Amanda is out of the marines, and works at Quantico. We have all read so many spy books and feel like we know exactly where she is and what she is doing–which probably couldn’t be further from the truth. It was a great visit, and grandpa to be (BASH–don’t ask) was tickled pink to have them in town. Cecelia would be so happy! Dan has also kept up with the yard, except the houttynia (chameleon plant) is taking over, and he lost there winter daphne last summer just like I did–Cecelia and I planted them at the same time.
Today I gardened and gardened! I planted, weed-eated and pruned. It got too darn hot this afternoon, so I have also been watering all my newly planted things. My yard is dry. Since I am also leaving town for 5 days, I hope my family doesn’t forget about my plants. I have been showing them where I planted, but I am still watering double before I go! Even I have had a hard time keeping some of these plants watered, and they stood a better chance in the ground versus in pots. I am pooped, but it looks good. My gardenia started blooming today, and will probably peak while I am gone. I have been harvesting lettuce like crazy–I have given away 14 bunches, plus all that we have eaten, but I still have more. I am replanting with yellow and zucchini squash and will do my tomatoes and peppers when I get back. My bok choy and kale are still doing great, and the raddichio is heading nicely, so I look forward to harvesting that soon.
Tomorrow and Tuesday, 100 plus Arkansas Master Gardeners head to Natchez, Mississippi for the Southern Region Master Gardener Conference. Their spring has been as fast as ours, so it will be interesting to see what is in bloom.