May was a very busy and productive month. Vegetable gardens were planted, flower beds tended, a few craft projects moved forward and the first kayaking of the season was enjoyed.
This year we are growing: tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, various hot peppers, number of different herbs, two types of eggplant, collard greens, purple kohlrabi, cucumbers, pie pumpkins, three different types of kale, corn, delicata squash, zucchini, 3 types of beets, carrots, potatoes, radishes, onions, asparagus, and couple of different dried bean types. Our fruit trees and bushes are doing well and will provide us with: apples, 3 types of pears, plums, blueberries, grapes, and hazelnuts. The following are pictures of some of the developing produce.
The heavy snows this winter really protected and provide a nice environment for the perennials to split. Although the plants were about four weeks late in breaking the ground, they rewarded us with the promise of a lovely display. The following pictures show some of the flowers we are being rewarded with this year.
plantings along the border of the woods
garden in the front of the house
Peonies — will open in a week or so
cornflowers on the right side of the house
day lilies along the side of the driveway
It was wonderful to work in the gardens after the harsh winter and late start to the warm season. I look forward to the daily maintenance activities.
The April showers didn’t show up until May so I also had some time to work on a few unfinished craft objects. A needlepoint pillow top was completed, significant progress was made on a blackwork piece (will be given as a Christmas gift), and an English paper piecing project.
Needlepoint pillow cover
Blackwork project – a name will be stitched in large open area towards the middle
Closeup of beaded blackwork unit
closeup of blackwork unit 3
closeup of blackwork unit 4
English paper piecing project — have a series of star units to make before sewing more off the top together
In June I hope to get to a few house projects and hopefully work on a few more UFOs.
Have a great day!