Tuesday, May 17, 2016
A late blooming fern leaf peony is just now opening. You can see there is one more bud in the background that might do the same. Most of this plant bloomed much earlier and the blooms are all spent.
A promising sight to me are the buds on this flag iris. There are two plantings in this area and one more next to the house. All of them have buds on them. I do like to think that the flag iris are more like the ones that the Chinese and Japanese draw and paint. There will be pictures to follow once they open up.
Sticks and strings were needed to rescue this iris. The iris has six stems on it and three buds per stem. I couldn't leave them laying on the ground. The moist soil and heavy blooms added to what the wind had done to them a few days ago. I at least picked up a rustic stick to use to blend in with the background fence.
I don't remember this old fashion iris having such short stems. I suppose the freeze could of caused that. All of the blooms look submerge in the foliage rather than being above it. I have two good plantings of this now and they both are blooming the same. I had moved some of this elsewhere because the iris bore was doing damage to a lot of my iris.
When I helped move my neighbor's entire iris bed to a new location, I brought some samples home with me. This is one of them. I am betting it will be in full bloom by this afternoon.
I am an eighth grade English and literature teacher today. It was a last minute assignment I picked up because of family illness. I am suppose to teach in here again on Thursday because her daughter is graduating this year.
I was actually hoping to be home today. I had a half day off yesterday and I did get a lot of things done outside. I have my first 6 tomato plants in the ground now and half of my yard has been mowed. The sun is shining again today so maybe I can finish mowing today after school. I can feel today the muscles strained from the spading up of the soil for tomatoes yesterday. I have the plants in more full sun than usual and will hope that it makes a big difference.
I have a lot more space for plants but think I will consider only 6 more to be planted. I have the steak tomatoes and the roma tomatoes. When I was a kid I remember when the older distant relatives were growing romas and it was a novel thing. They were called catsup tomatoes back then 45 years ago. John and Iva thought them to be a new adventure as the seed wasn't on the market up until then. They were use to planting the traditional tomato and yellow tomatoes.
It is Tuesday and it seems like I have already had a busy week. I know that I will make it as there are only eight more days of school left, not counting weekends. I wish everyone to be well and thank you for stopping in today.