Friday, May 6, 2011

Week 2: The weather has not been helpful.

We had freeze warnings from last Friday to Tuesday night, so none of the plants were put outside to harden off until this Wednesday afternoon.  I only put the cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower along side the house with a light covering over them.  The stones next to the house work as a heat sink and keep them warm overnight and the covering is also use to use the plants from being burned in direct sunlight. 

Plants are kept under a light weight cover the first couple days.

Here are some blooming plants that did survive the frost.
The first tulips of the year.

The hyacinth is near the end of its blooming cycle.

Prairie Smoke is just beginning to bloom.  When the flower starts to died it looks like smoke is billowing from it.
The next two pictures show Wild European Ginger in bloom.  The blooms are very hard to find.  It is hidden under the leavers on very short stems next to the ground.  The flowers are not at all showy.  If you look in the center of the pictures you will see a small bud like flower.

Last weekend I did get all my basil and paste tomatoes transplanted into their containers.  I did plant seeds for my cucumbers, winter and summer squashes.  I put the cucumber and squash plants in the garden on the last weekend of May.

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