…May flowers… and bees, peas, and berries

edenEden is spending the night tonight and we used the afternoon to plant flowers and bring splashes of color to containers and baskets on the porches. She kept at it longer than I wanted to, but I eventually wooed her away to the hammock for a break. She will take home a pot for her Mama tomorrow, one containing pink and blue flowers because she likes pink and her Mama likes blue. (Eden strikes me as amazingly considerate for a 4 1/2 year old. We played two games of Candyland twice–and in both cases she won the first game and I won the second. That’s how it should be–we¬† agreed on that and felt quite content that’s how it came out. I think she might have “cheated” to help me win the second game if I hadn’t.)

Before Eden arrived Mark and I planted more lettuce, finally gave fingerling potatoes with long long eyes a home in the soil, seeded beds for our cut flowers, and weeded the onion patch and pea trellises. So much is growing just now (besides the grass and weeds, which grow fastest of all), and that reminds us the start of our CSA is just around the corner. Once the berries on the strawberry plants ripen we’ll begin, with berries and Bok Choy, spinach, lettuce, radish, various kales, collards, spring onions, rhubarb, herbs, and maybe some early red potatoes. Once we begin it seems we tumble into abundance, with new crops showing up every week or so through the fall.

Oh! And the bees! When we checked them this week we saw that all four hives (Emma, Grace, Lucy, and June) have strong queens that are filling up frames with brood. While some worker bees draw out comb, others fly to and fro gathering nectar and pollen to fill the comb along with the queen’s eggs.

Life seems to be thriving at Fern Creek; out of the death and decay of fall and winter life emerges. Always life emerges.

Here’s to life: a photo essay of living things in and about the garden.

The entrance into the New Jam U-Pick Field. Those are blackberries and raspberry trellises.

The entrance into the New Jam U-Pick Field. Those are blackberries and raspberry trellises.

This year’s u-pick opportunities will be offered to CSA members first (at a reduced rate) and then we’ll open it up to anyone else who finds out about our U-Pick.

Strawberries

Sweet Sunrise Strawberries in the New Jam U-Pick Field

Blossoms and berries on the strawberry plants

Blossoms and berries on the strawberry plants

Beets and carrots in the Hazelnut Patch

Beets and carrots in the Hazelnut Patch

Red Ursa Kale

Red Ursa Kale

Walla Walla Onions

Walla Walla Onions

Farmer Mark... We couldn't do this without each other, and we love our partnership!

Farmer Mark… We couldn’t do this without each other, and we love our partnership!

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