This is the very first chili pepper flower of the year from plants I grew from seed. I bought a flat of four pepper plants and they’ve all flowered already, but buds on the ones I started two months ago indoors have just started to open.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day found me erecting tomato trellises in my small kitchen garden. It also had me prepping soil at the south boundary of my emerging rain garden and planting some ornamental grasses, poppy seeds, and elephant ear tubers. I don’t have a plan yet for what will grow in and around the rain garden, but elephant ear plants need to go inside for the winter, so their placement this summer is simply to get them through
Despite the gardening, I snapped some photos of what’s blooming. This time around I photographed only food plants from my small kitchen garden; many have reached reproductive age, and the garden has been abuzz with all kinds of bees, flies, and butterflies. Please enjoy what’s in bloom in my garden and thanks for visiting!
My cilantro is from last year’s planting. It wintered over nicely, providing flavoring during avocado season, and it’s making bunches of coriander (you can see some of the seeds in the background). I hope to plant more cilantro seeds during the weekend so there’s plenty available during salsa-making season.
At least one onion flower photo makes it to Bloom Day each year. I planted about 150 onion sets this year. They’re a tad crowded but growing vigorously—some yellow, some white, and some purple. I use onion nearly every day in my cooking, so 150 plants may not get me through the year.
While these look a lot like broccoli flowers, they’re actually Pak Choi. I’d never grown the stuff, and this attempt was an abject failure: there is no fleshy bulge of tightly-packed leaves at the base of my plants. I surmised from the poor growth that the soil in my kitchen garden annex lacks nutrients and am making adjustments so the carrots, onions, and lettuce I’ve planted there perform better than the Pak Choi did.
Peas are awesome! Well… fresh peas from the garden are awesome. Close to half my pea plants suffered during a three-day rainstorm in April, so it looks like a very small harvest this year. I’ve been snacking a lot on raw peas while “gardening” and I’ll mix up a vat of new potatoes and peas during the weekend.
Yeah! It’s been a while since I published a photo of a tomato blossom. I’m so happy to be able to do it now. This is a Black Krim tomato blossom on a plant growing on my deck. The plant already holds a developing tomato about the size of a golf ball, and I’ve hope that I’ll be harvesting tomatoes some time in July. I’m growing a few tomato plants on my deck but I’ve supplemented them with 74 plants in my raised vegetable bed.
If you enjoy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, perhaps you might also enjoy Post Produce. Join me and other bloggers on the 22nd of each month by writing a blog post about what you’re eating from your kitchen garden. After you post on your own blog, visit my Post Produce post and link from there to your own. Show the world the goodies you’ve grown in your own garden! Here’s more about Post Produce.