Unexpected, But Lovely

That is the brief description of our weather the last little while in Sparta at Elm Street Gardens.  The temperatures are just right, not too cool and not too warm.  There is often a nice breeze and the clarity of the light has been remarkable.  I guess this type of pleasant weather is not unusual at this time of year, but I don’t remember it being nearly this nice last year so our recent spell of perfect weather seems especially delightful. 

And, with our recent rains (and lots of hard work), the garden looks fabulous.  There is something growing in every square inch of the beds, including some beds that were recently created in spots where we have not grown vegetables before.  Using our no-till, all-over mulch techniques, Jim, Elm Street Gardens manager, and interns, Andy and Reggie, have created new beds and managed the continuous rejuvenation of beds where the winter crops are spent and now have summer’s delights sprouting and growing. 

     So walking through the garden is a delight these days with not only the fruits and vegetables blooming and growing and producing, but also flowers of the season:  Lilies, Rose Campion, hydrangeas and many others blooming almost everywhere you look.  Son, Brownlee (aka as RBC Image), the real photographer in our midst, has shared some of his recent pictures of our blooms and bees with me so here is a composite of his pictures and mine.  His are the really striking ones!

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 Wonderful, wonderful day lilies make me feel happy just looking at them.  

Wonderful, wonderful day lilies make me feel happy just looking at them.  

Purple coneflower borders our front herb bed and has just begun to bloom.

Purple coneflower borders our front herb bed and has just begun to bloom.

Have you ever seen a prettier blossom?  These are potato blossoms captured by Brownlee's lens.  

Have you ever seen a prettier blossom?  These are potato blossoms captured by Brownlee's lens.  

Here on the flower bank overlooking the main outdoor garden beds is a regular jungle of rose campion with its dusky leaves and vibrant blossoms.  It is one of those plants that likes to wander about the garden, happily reseeding itself.  This one over the years has wandered from Robert's mother's garden on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee where we first acquired it in the 1970's to Atlanta and then to Sparta.  Behind it you can see blossoms of the native garlic we found on this bank where we first came to Sparta.

Here on the flower bank overlooking the main outdoor garden beds is a regular jungle of rose campion with its dusky leaves and vibrant blossoms.  It is one of those plants that likes to wander about the garden, happily reseeding itself.  This one over the years has wandered from Robert's mother's garden on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee where we first acquired it in the 1970's to Atlanta and then to Sparta.  Behind it you can see blossoms of the native garlic we found on this bank where we first came to Sparta.

Christmas amaryllis always get replanted on the flower bank and blooms in the spring.  

Christmas amaryllis always get replanted on the flower bank and blooms in the spring.  

And then there are the blossoms of our SunGold tomatoes with their abundant fruit in its early stages.  it won't be too long before these juicy little golden cherry tomatoes are ready to eat.  

And then there are the blossoms of our SunGold tomatoes with their abundant fruit in its early stages.  it won't be too long before these juicy little golden cherry tomatoes are ready to eat.  

And last, but not least, are the honey bees.  Brownlee captured this picture of one of our hives right after it had acted as if it was swarming, but decided to return to the hive.  Bees are so important for their work in pollinating the blossoms in the garden as well as producing honey!

And last, but not least, are the honey bees.  Brownlee captured this picture of one of our hives right after it had acted as if it was swarming, but decided to return to the hive.  Bees are so important for their work in pollinating the blossoms in the garden as well as producing honey!

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