Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Peas, Peppers, Poppies and More!

I've been busy snapping some garden photos today.. I should be hauling out the old lettuce and putting in new seed, but I'm being lazy! Perhaps tonight..

I also wandered over to my neighbour's garden today to take some photos in her veggie patch.. it's been a few weeks since I've checked out the progress of her garden (thanks to bronchitis and family colds!), so it was nice to see how well her crops are coming.. as you can tell, the pollinators are loving her chamomile.. I love the green-apple scent of the flowers and the cheerful blooms that are tucked between her tomatoes and garlic. There is just something so uplifting about the small daisy-like flowers..

She's really hoping for a bumper crops of peppers this year and has placed old panes of glass around the bed to help shelter the tender plants and lock in any heat! Look close, the panes of glass are hard to see. So far, the plants are looking very good! She has a mix of sweet peppers (gypsy, chocolate, sweet banana, and green and red types) and spicy peppers (cayenne, jalapeno, red hot cherry).

She planted her first crops of peas on March 15th and they've been eating this early harvest now for over a week.. Overall, she has 4 types of peas in the garden, and at this point, most are about four-feet tall and currently in flower with the baby peas coming.. is there a better place to be in late June than a pea patch?

In my garden, I have pepperbox poppies planted everywhere. I bought the seed from Renee's Garden a few years ago ( and now enjoy 'volunteer' seedlings every summer. The flowers are HUGE and in lovely shades of mauve, soft pink and red.. often the edges of the blooms are ruffled! So pretty and so welcome in the garden.. The plants are fat with buds now and I expect a huge show over the next month..

Summer is here!

Happy Gardening!

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