This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. And like previous years, the weather in Northern Virginia has gone from chilly and rainy to hot and humid overnight. Pop-up afternoon thunderstorms are common and everyone is complaining about ants overtaking their homes. They are everywhere!
We kicked off the weekend by hosting a birthday party for our daughter and 25 of her closest friends. We’ll be eating potato salad, corn on the cob and watermelon for days! She has an amazing group of friends from her church, and they all had a great time eating, laughing and playing card games until midnight.
Today’s walk around the garden was fruitful, to say the least! The pea vines and pepper plants are covered with blossoms, and we already have tomatoes and squash on the vines. I picked two cucumbers and a bunch of radishes this afternoon. We’ll be harvesting beans and lettuce soon too.
But keeping your garden healthy is a season-long battle. We are already seeing signs of blight on our tomato and cucumber leaves. And it appears that have some hungry slugs munching on the radishes. Hopefully we caught both issues early on. We’ve learned that you always have to stay one step ahead of these gardening challenges or you may lose your precious produce!
You’ll notice that I labeled one photo “Mystery Tomato”. We are not exactly certain what variety it might be because it was a volunteer that came up towards the end of winter in a potted houseplant! We transplanted it into its own pot indoors, and it was the first tomato to go into the ground in the spring.
This week we said farewell to our beautiful peonies and we are picking the last of the spinach as it is beginning to bolt. But we have lilies ready to bloom, and my favorite Mexican Sunflowers are growing rapidly. Thankfully, there is always something ready to replace the plants that are dying off. It’s the horticultural circle of life.
We love having our vegetable and flower gardens. Nothing beats that freshness, when you walk outside and pick your own food, and then serve it the same day. That is farm-to-table at its finest!
Remember . . . Freedom is Never Free
On this Memorial Day weekend, I am feeling so very blessed for my home and family, and am humbled by the sacrifices that many brave men and women made to preserve my cherished freedoms. May we always remember the price they paid, and never take those freedoms for granted.