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Small Kitchen Garden Bloom Day—May 2012

The forget-me-nots are getting old, and the light was weird today. All told, my photo makes them look pale. But pale or deep baby blue, forget-me-nots are among my favorite flowers. This is about the twelfth season we’ve had forget-me-nots from when I first planted seeds.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day celebrates flowers the world over. Learn more about Bloom Day at Carol’s blog: May Dreams Gardens. My small kitchen garden is still getting started (though peas may be in bloom within ten days), and there was quite a bit of rain today. So, I toured my yard and found several plants in bloom that had nothing to do with my vegetable garden. If the photos have a common theme it’s wet. (I mean that “wet” is the theme.)

I’ve always enjoyed Bloom Day and felt there should be a similar opportunity to show off your homegrown produce. Last autumn I started Post Produce to fill the void. The 22nd of each month is Post Produce. Write about whatever you’re eating – or growing to eat – from your garden. Then visit my Post Produce post and use the Linky there to add a link to yours. Find more about Post Produce at this link; I hope you’ll join in. In the meantime, please enjoy:

There is but one bachelor button abloom in my yard. Oddly, last spring I planted bachelor button seeds along with four or five other types of seeds. There wasn’t a bachelor button plant in the garden all season. This spring, that planting bed erupted in lush green growth very early: nearly all bachelor buttons. This is the second blossom. In a week or two, there ought to be dozens of blossoms.

Sage is the only food plant in my small kitchen garden that made Bloom Day this month. Only a few branches have blooms on them, but there are buds all over the plants. Soon I’ll be singing that it’s great to be in Texas when the bloom is on the sage. Except it’ll be Pennsylvania.

I once looked up this plant so I’d know what it is. Of course, I can’t remember. It’s on the same schedule as our azaleas. The lighting made the image look quite a lot like an impressionist painting.

A photograph of flowers or foliage? The azaleas are a day or two away from dropping their blossoms… but they’ve put on a terrific show. These flowers are two steps from the fence of my main vegetable bed. Peas, cauliflower, broccoli, and lettuce all are doing well in that bed, and I’ll be planting tomatoes and peppers over the coming week. Along the way, I’ll be serving frequent lettuce salads as my earliest planting is mature enough now to harvest. I’ll show and tell about it on May 22nd when I celebrate Post Produce. I hope you’ll join me and create your own Post Produce post. Follow this link to learn about Post Produce.

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5 Responses to “Small Kitchen Garden Bloom Day—May 2012”

  • What a pretty combination of reds, pinks, and purples; and I agree with you about the impressionistic look of your mystery flower. :)

  • I have always loved forget-me-nots, but I haven’t had any success with them. I planted bachelor’s buttons last summer as well –they self-seeded this year and are in bud. I love finding blue in the garden.

    I don’t have much of a kitchen garden –just tomatoes and basil– but I’m looking forward to checking in for the produce posts.

  • Veggies and blooms go together very well, and yours are lovely. With or without proper names!

  • These blooms are really nice. I especially love the red flower. I’ve also taken a few shots of flowers in my uncle’s garden to remind me of summer now that the seson is coming to an end here in the Philippines. Thank you for sharing!

  • Liz M.:

    I believe your mystery flower may be a variegated weigela . . .

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