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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day June 2012

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.

7 Responses to “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day June 2012”

  • Sue:

    Yay for tomato blooms-the best blooms of all!

    I have never had peas make it to the house–they are the snack of choice while weeding in the garden. I think hubby wonders why I don’t grow peas-LOL!

  • Lea:

    Veggie blooms are the best blooms of all – and beautiful, too!
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  • I recognised those Pak Choy flowers as soon as I saw them! Because they’re growing in my garden too!

    Mine also didnt create the typical close-packed bunch that you buy in the shops, but I recon I just dont have that type of bok choy. I harvest leaves as needed, and I’m letting one go to seed so I can have some again next time I grow them. They taste yummy regardless how they grow :)

  • I suppose I have to admit that I’m more into flowers than vegetables, but your shot of what we think of as the lowly onion is fabulous, it could show up many garden flowers.

  • Daniel Gasteiger:

    Tails: I’m certain my Pak Choi behaved the way it did because of soil nutrition. The seed package showed classic fat-bottomed pak choi plants, and mine didn’t come close. What’s more, a friend who lives a few miles from me grew gorgeous, fleshy-bottomed pak choi. I haven’t added decent humus to the garden “annex” but once three years ago. Clearly, the good stuff has decomposed leaving the soil relatively barren. Glad to hear you’re putting yours to use; I love that you harvest seeds for future generations. Incidentally, I love the photos you posted of your garden. Looks terrific!

  • Daniel Gasteiger:

    sensiblegardening: Thanks for visiting! I’ve always admired onion blossoms; they can be otherworldly. Another food plant that could be awesome in an ornamental landscape: sweet potatoes. Sure, you can plant “sweet potato vine,” buy why not plant “sweet potato,” enjoy the colors and textures of the vines, and dig up a meal or two at the end of the season?

  • Aw thanks you’re too kind! I’ve never tried harvesting seeds, so we’ll see how they fair :) I want to try harvest seeds from a dragonfruit next :D wish me luck!

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