May has to be the best and most beautiful Northern California gardening month. Everything is starting to bloom, there is color everywhere. It’s lovely to sit in the evening with a glass of wine and soak in the view of the back garden.
I find my mood changes depending on the weather and if the sun is shining. Blue skies bring optimism and quiet joy, grey ones bring lethargy and sadness. The exuberance of the spring garden ignores all those effervescent and shifting moods. The flowers bloom without knowledge of the crisis in the world. The bright colors make it seem aflame, a riot of orange poppies, tangerine geum, marmalade heuchera, and yellow lupines.
I can sit quietly, listening to the buzz of bees and the songs of sparrows. In the distance I hear the sounds of breaking surf on the beach. I let the peace of the garden wash over me, a private timeless world…no schedules, no appointments. The world is on pause and I sit in the middle, quiet and serene for the moment.
The bees are especially active in the pollinator garden. This is the second year and survival of the fittest is definitely taking place.
Last year we had a lot more rain.
The bearded irises and Spanish lavender plants edging the driveway are in bloom.
In the vegetable garden I have planted summer squash, cucumbers, winter squash, basil and determinate tomatoes this month. My husband (and partner in any hardscaping project) helped construct supports to make mini hoop houses. The microclimate of the property has not been kind to tomatoes in the past and I hope, by warming the beds, I will have better luck.
Last year’s pole beans are coming back, they are about an inch high. I will plant bush beans later this week in a newly prepared bed.
The snap peas and sweet pea flowers are finally taking off. It was a challenge to keep the sparrows from eating the new shoots. I finally unearthed some old netting from the depths of the garage and that has helped a lot.
I have company in the garden, if not helpers.
Be well everyone, be safe. And happy gardening.
Wow, Liz, all of your hard work is paying off beautifully! Glad to hear your garden is keeping your household safe and sane! – Adena
Hi Adena, thank you. Yes it is certainly a project and has kept my spirits up. I miss you and bookclub. I hope to be able to take the June Zoom meetings in Oakland where the internet is up to speed.
Beautiful. I miss California. Hope you have better luck w tomatoes this year!
Thank you, fingers crossed.
Bluebells – mine would first come up in the spring followed by the hostas – combination planting is a good thing! Everything looks so pretty and healthy – aren’t raised beds the best way to garden 🙂
Each new flower in the spring is so precious, and waves in progression are joyous. Hostas don’t do well here, no summer rain so it’s too dry. I did grow a few in my Oakland garden where it was shady, constantly fighting off the snails and slugs. I love the way the force their way up each spring so aggressively and with such enthusiasm.
Love your garden, looks so tranquill 🙂
Thank you, it’s a big help right now. Stay safe and well.