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!