Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Beautiful Spring Here in the 'Burgh! Now on to Summer!

Really Once They Got Started the Daffodils Were Beautiful!
Part of the 100 I Got From White Flower Farm Years Ago!
I Love That Tulips Open and Close with the Sun!
Basil Blooming in the Kitchen!
Play Pen For the Hostas!
Koreanspice Viburnum!
A Cascade of Daffodils!
Finally Got Some Seeds Planted!
Apple Tree in Bloom!
Really Big Dandelions This Spring!
Seems like April flew by and May seems as though we are two weeks in already!  The temperatures are making me dizzy!  The hopes I had for a lovely spring were going along very nicely and now I'm not so sure.  We were 80 yesterday and more 80's to come this week!  Yikes!  Here comes summer!

The most significant element and I think I mentioned this before from the winter season was the number of deer in the yard has jumped exponentially!  We have some very lovely hostas that they thought were appetizers.  So The Herbal Husband made a make shift pen for the hostas to keep the deer out.  I think we are going to get a roll of rabbit fencing and raise the height so that the deer don't have a buffet every time they are browsing in the yard.  Have to keep reinventing because they keep learning how to eat despite what you do.

Exciting to get a basil through the winter on our kitchen windowsill.  It will go outside shortly.  I think it is not sweet basil and therefore, not as susceptible to downy mildew.  You have to think of everything these days!  I also have a mystery herb coming back in the herb garden near where the tangerine sage was last season.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I'll let you know the verdict in a future post.  There is still no scent coming from the leaves!  Stay tuned!  Hope you are having a great day wherever you may be.  Talk to you later.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, things are looking great there at your place!!

It felt like summer was coming last week, but then we got a reprieve in the weather with cooler temps and it has been nice. We've had gray skies and light rain off and on today. More rain expected over the next couple of days.

Your apple tree blossoms are beautiful!

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

I'm glad you had cooler temps FL. Thanks as always for your support. You have a great week as well. xo

KathyB. said...

I have been reading your blog a long while now and appreciate all you share. Seems this year my abundant comfrey is being eaten alive by slugs and whole portions of the herb garden, and the rest of our place, are being attacked underground by moles. Discovered moles are the reason most of our lavender plants died and a lot of my thyme too.

Oh well, we're getting creative with remedies and loving the herb garden all the more.

Thank-you for sharing your herbal wisdom.

BTW, I've never been able to keep basil alive indoors , congratulations !

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Thanks Kathy for stopping by. You need a couple of feral cats around. We have no moles or chipmunks and that has really cut down on the herb plants in my garden biting the dust! We are having the beginnings of four-lined plant bug. There is about six to eight weeks of torture from them! They are mostly cosmetic. There are organic slug baits on the market that you may want to try for your slug troubles. Thanks for stopping by. Come around again soon! xo