Gardening has always been something that my family has enjoyed. My Mother and Dad had great competition each year seeing what they could get to grow. They didn’t raise the same thing, but each was eager to see the springtime finally arrive. My Dad in later years wanted to cut down on the area he was raising tomatoes in so we took a busted John Deere tractor rim, and filled it with hay and any other good mulch we could find. A little blow sand on top of that and you were ready for the tomato plants. The wire cage on the outside was made from cement reinforcing wire.
I still do about the same thing each year with at least one new twist. This year I have added some Mealy Blue Sage to the area to try to draw more pollinating bugs to the area. I believe the reason for our poor set of blooms is a pollination problem. That a the beauty of a new garden you get to try something new each year.
The Wild Plums have started blooming and the bugs are starting to pick up that fragrant smell that leads them to the new blooms each year. This one looks like some that came last year, but they don’t seem to hang around long enough to help in the garden. These blooms are far and few between this year. Not sure if the freezes or the drought are the problem.
The tough ole Chocolate Flower is always one of the first to bloom each year. It has a wonderful early morning smell that reminds you of fresh chocolate. It’s deep roots help it withstand drought better than most. It is a welcome sight to start this spring with.
Well it even helps revive my spirits just to get to write about another spring and all the gardening possibilities that are out there. John Tucker