Dee and Mary Ann and Gardening Friends Everywhere,
Greetings! As I write this letter, I smell the distinctive, strong scent of my night bloomer, Epiphyllum oxypetalum, which bloomed this evening for me.
I’ve been so busy outside that I just noticed the flower bud a few days ago, and then this evening I decided to check to see if it was getting close to blooming, and there was the flower.
I’m glad I saw it, though I’m sure if I hadn’t thought about checking on it, I would have eventually smelled it. It has a rather distinctive smell and reminds me of an old lady, a grand, elegant old lady, who puts on way, way too much perfume.
I’ve posted about the Queen of the Night before. It dominates the corner of my sunroom year round so it only blooms once or twice a year for me. It is fun to watch it literally open in one evening. I can’t think of any flower that looks quite as elegant or quite as mysterious as this one.
Out in the vegetable garden, I’m weeding out tons of purslane, which is neither mysterious nor elegant. It’s everywhere, like it is every year, and I’m pulling it out as I can, in between thunderstorms, which seem to be a regular event this past week. This morning I pulled purslane out of the raised beds as I suckered and tied up the tomatoes, some of which already have blooms.
The green beans also look good, and so does all of the squash. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a squash blossom this week and maybe some tiny squash.
The corn is up and already knee high as you can see in the corner of this picture taken Sunday morning.
For the most part, everything looks good in the garden, except cucumbers. I sowed seeds for those late and none of them came up, so I sowed some more seeds on Friday night. I hope those come up or I might have to – gasp - go buy some cucumber plants somewhere, if anyone even has them at this late date.
There will be no more lettuce in the garden this year, unless I sow some for fall harvesting.
Whoever said that time stands still in a garden was nuts. Time seems to be moving quickly in mine. Lettuce and peas are done and now I am waiting for squash. Didn’t we all just plant our gardens?
And already, it is time for another Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day tomorrow. I just hope for clear skies this evening, so I can take some pictures for my bloom day post.
I hope your gardens are flourishing and your weeds are withering…