To start, unfortunately, I have bad news :(- something has totally eaten my green beans!
They barely had their seed leaves up and, munch! Skeletonized almost overnight! I’m guessing flea beetles are to blame. I’m seeing the same thing on the Hollyhock I planted out not too long ago, and last year my Black-Eyed Susan was almost devoured too. All in May. I sprayed some neem oil on them and gave them a fert. boost, but I think they’re toast. I’m going to start some in the greenhouse and test my own version of root trainers. Time for another experiment! More on that later :).
The Pac Choi I started in the cold frame are all doing well. I only started 3, just for a trial, to see how they do and if we like it or not. I’ll probably start more.
The carrot next to it should be getting close to harvesting...I hope! They take forever!
I have some seedlings ready to go in the very front that I should be planting out this week.
They are: Iberis, yellow and purple Alyssum, and rock cress. Some of the Alyssum has buds on it, so I’d really like to get them in the ground soon...weather permitting, of course.
While not seedlings, we did manage to get some things in the ground this weekend! We lost 3 of the 5 Pieris shrubs we planted last year. After the nasty winter we had, we’ve lost a few things. This is the bed that the above seedlings will go in too.
The ones on the ends survived and have a lot of growth. We’ve always been so busy growing food that these beds really haven’t been worked on, so I’m glad I have a few things to brighten them up!
We also planted a few things one of the beds next to our front door. Some Shasta Daisy and Salvia. I’m a little concerned that it might be too cool still at night for the Salvia, but they’ve been hardening off for a while now so we’ll see what happens.
I’ll add more Salvia there on the front edge as the weather permits. Towards the back, along the house wall (starting far left) the Iris is budding. Against the wall on the right are a bunch of Nicotiana volunteers! I will be setting out some more to join them so they aren’t lonely- new varieties too! The Shasta Daisy is right by the little wheel barrel. In the middle there is the Gooseneck Loosestrife that I fight a little every year- in likes to invade a little and almost crowded out my coneflower I started from seed- it looks like 2 of the coneflower are there this year! I also have some Daylilies, and Veronica that I just love. I lost one Veronica, however. Below is a shot of the two together- just beautiful together. Not the best photo, it was taken the first year planted, and not too many blooms on the Daylilies.
Well I’ll end here, since this was supposed to be about seedlings! Just one more photo- hope you all had a great Mother’s Day!
Lilac in bloom ‘Beauty of Moscow’
Don’t forget to check out what Daphne has growing over at Daphne’s Dandelions!