After my sad post a few weeks ago, my friend Miss Wild Thing gave me some great advice. Give your grief to the earth, she said. Make a garden that will honor the memory of your brother. So — I’ve been working on that, and it has been quite therapeutic.
While cleaning out a long-neglected flower bed in the back yard, I found an iron garden stake/wind chime in the shape of a butterfly buried in the debris and decided to build a butterfly garden. I thinned out the existing irises and daylilies and dug up enough chives for every baked potato in Jefferson County (the chives are a remnant of the herb garden I started probably 13 years ago). On the newly cleared back rows and in an area beside the bed I planted lantana, purple coneflowers, and yarrow that will, I hope, grow up the back fence and draw lots of these creatures.
The tomatoes are doing quite well. We had our first bloom on Saturday; I was a bit surprised to find it on the Celebrity rather than the Early Girl. Pictures after the jump.
April 9, a couple of days after planting:
This blurry shot shows a couple of tomatoes and our garden snail.
Here are the jalapeño peppers (yes, that’s the compost pile behind them).
What a difference a couple of weeks can make — here are pics taken on April 24:
Box Car Willie
Jalapeño Peppers (the one on the left got smacked by a hail storm)
I’m trying some other peppers, a hot banana, a cayenne, and a white bell. They’re looking kind of puny, but I hope some sunshine and good dirt will make the difference. We’re also waiting on sweet bell pepper and baby carrot seeds to sprout.
The other peppers, with a yarrow in the background