|Tiger Lilies with a Swallowtale Butterfly r.a.kukkee|
I am turning green.Green with envy, that is.
Why, you ask? It's the power of flowers. Flower power. No, not cool retro hippie daisies, and Are you going to San Francisco in an old VW van to put flowers in your hair. Not that kind.
Regular flower power and gardening is a greening, growing force in North America. Why? Demographics? Survival? Fear of greedy powermongers controlling food supplies? Think about it, Remove your fear and their power by growing your own food.
Readers of Incoming Bytes are always encouraged to think for themselves. That includes serious efforts at attempting to grow food for yourself. Survival is more than a hobby. Maybe to some of us it's just a wonderful, relaxing, and productive hobby, and there's more to the greening of gardens than just vegetables for food. It's about better food, better nutrition, a healthier lifestyle --which includes a fine frame of mind and the appreciation of beauty.
Flower power meets the eye and stimulates the soul itself. There is a quantum leap in beauty available to you, wherever you are. Let's talk beautiful first.
Like most serious gardeners everywhere, I admire beauty, and that sure includes the wonderful pictures of flowers that our gardening genius Glory Lennon regularly shares, interesting, at times even stunning photographs of all things floral. Somehow, somewhere, our clever gardener genius successfully takes pictures that make everyone that lives in a geographical area colder than zone 5 just a bit envious.
Living in N.W. Ontario in zone 2-3, our growing season is colder, slower, less predictable, a few weeks later, especially with weird weather, but we persist and insist on beauty anyway. I offer a few pictures to show that growing 'beauty' is not impossible, even in N.W. Ontario --in cool Canada.
|A small, early double Peony|
|Giant Lupins Multi-coloured|
|Tiger Lilies ready to Open|
|Even Wild Roses !|
What about veggies? Food?I envy Mac Pike's gardening acumen when he shows us rutabagas, grows collards and cabbages, busts onions, and keeps Farm Girl on the alert for squash bugs, interlopers and old fossils.
Some gardeners do seem to have green thumbs, garden better, and weed faster out behind the shed somehow.
Encouraged by Mac's calming, continued words of encouragement and assured success, I hereby examples some of my own garden stuff for Mac's highly successful and critical garden-eye complimentary wordoodling, praise and doggerel.
Here's the beanery, with no weeds in-betweenery:
|The Beanery, heavily mulched!|
Hang on, Mac, I can see you're conspiring and winking at Farm Girl.
You must want to see the peas'ery-pleasery too. These are Green Arrow peas that have been up for only a week or two. They will be heavily mulched after the pea trenches are topped up for additional root growth potential and a better yield. The two rows are actually on a raised bed that's kind of narrow.
|Peas complete with Pea trellis|
|Perennial Potato growing in the baby-Cabbage-plantery|
And here's the tomato patch! It's heavily mulched to preserve moisture and suppress weeds! As Mac knows, "Termaters they are, when you get to hoe, the far end of the row, can look like it is more than far"
|Tomatoes Grow with a Helpful Scarecrow. Dangling Cd's make a Laser Show for the Deer|
And those be mulched, --- lest we be drygulched by weeds, quite merry, trying to steal a sweet strawberry!
|The first Two Strawberries of 2012 --a bit LATE|
Now you have to know that everything has to grow FAST here because of the short season. Look at what happened to the peonies! They are even bowing politely so you will come visit again!
|The front Peony is 10" across and very heavy|
So there. I'm always wondering if everyone thinks the grass is greener in other growing zones. Is it greener on the other side of the fence? Do vegetables grow better?
Maybe this one isn't so bad after all. Should we be turning green as a bean with envy? I think not! *Mac and *Glory, what do you think?
Is that incoming I hear?
*Loyal readers of Incoming Bytes are encouraged to visit Mac Pike's www.unclemacshed.blogspot.com and Glory Lennon's www.glory_garden.blogspot.com for enjoyable reading, gardening knowledge, and their weird and wonderful sense of humor. ~RK
All Photo credits: r.a.kukkee 2012