Asparagus and Annuals

A week of glorious weather and potential for great days in the garden were marred by the realities of life such as work and jury duty!  There is so much that wants to be done and much of it so pleasurable.  The asparagus is ready to harvest.The pots have come out of Winter storage and are in need of assessment as to their worthiness for a place on the deck or at the front door.  The mandevilla made it through the rough Winter in the garage and looks to be sporting new growth.

Clementine enjoys all work on the deck as she can survey the action safely with the deck and lower areas totally contained.  A stone terrace would be ever so elegant but it would have to be fenced regardless, as small dogs are just plain safer restricted by real fences rather than electric fences.  A fox or coyote might think twice about scaling our enclosures but could care less about an electric fence that only shocks when you are wearing the collar!

The tomatoes are healthy and will probably be planted out in the raised beds this week end to make use of the wet forcast.  A soft rain would be lovely after planting out; hope it is not torrents of hard rain!

I am looking for some arresting annuals to fill the window boxes and containers.  After spending between $4.99 and $6.99 for 4″ pots of annuals at a local nursery, the pocketbook was looking slim and the time had come to hit the parkway to visit Filanowski’s farm in Milford CT.  This is quite an operation and I’ve come to enjoy this trip.  Going to the source means you are going to pay close to wholesale prices.  Bring cash or check, because your plastic won’t do you any good here.

Wear your comfortable rubber shoes and be prepared to walk far with your big cart.  This is not the place to go if you are looking for one little pack.  Think flats and quantity and savings.  I couldn’t resist hanging baskets with  salvia argentea, could I?

A friend and I filled the trunk and back seat of a station wagon, and wished we had a pick up truck!

At home, I surveyed the garden, decided not to plant the tomatoes yet.  Instead I observed the woodland garden where so much is happening.

The idea on this dry shady slope is to plant as we like, weed while we can, and know that as we grow older and our backs give out, there are enough plants that will take over to make this woodland self sustaining.

My friend isn’t allowed in the some parts of the garden.  It is so sad.How can you resist that sweet face?  She is very good at staying out of the flower beds, but not perfect.

The colors around the garden are muted, as the flowering trees begin to release their blossoms to earth.

The daffodils and tulips are also fading, but there is so much more to come.  Where is the garden path leading you this Spring?

About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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3 Responses to Asparagus and Annuals

  1. Tricia says:

    Asparagus! We are so sorry our “temporary” digs wouldn’t lend themselves to growing it. It does take a few years to bear, right? I remember at Chanticleer Gardens they seemed to be using it as a deer screen around the cutting and vegetable beds. Pretty, too.

    Your tomatoes are so much bigger than ours. Sigh. What was in the container Clementine was so interested in? Clematis? And you have coyotes?!

    Gorgeous photos…


    • I waited three years to harvest the first asparagus, but it is so worth the wait! Now I will have it every Spring as long as we live here! Clementine has her nose in a combination of lady’s mantle, and catmint and on the right there is some tiarella (love the tiarella!) Remember you started your tomatoes a couple weeks after I did and you are probably one zone from us, at least. Patience!


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