These pictures are a couple weeks old, but I wanted to give you a little taste of what's growing around here. My little baby, for one, is turning into a little boy right before my eyes! There is nothing he loves more than working alongside his dad. Dad is off to the side with a grownup shovel, turning over some soil.
The garden has been interesting this year, or, I guess it's the weather that's been interesting. That's one of the exciting things about gardens. There are so many variables and you're constantly reminded that you're not really in charge. It keeps you humble, and in awe of things bigger than yourself.
The abundant rain has been so good for the hardy plants that returned all on their own. The sage bushes are huge and singing with bright purple blossoms and the cilantro has generously cropped up all over the garden where last year's plants dropped their seeds. I love how gardens develop their own personality and character as they're cultivated year after year. We even had some leftover greens that came back to life. But our seedlings that we nurtured indoors were a bit more sensitive to the strange fluctuations in temperature. The cold, wet days alternating with baking hot sun was rather shocking for the little cukes and basil; we almost thought they weren't going to make it. But, as the weather has normalized, they've managed to stay on course and are looking healthy and strong now.
Sam and I planted some lettuce very early in the spring, most of which came up, with volunteer cilantro sprinkled throughout. It's been lovely being able to step outside and pick a salad each night for dinner. The crop I think we've enjoyed the most though is the peas. Those were also planted in the wee days of spring and spent some of their earliest days under light snowfall. Sam loves picking peas and is adept at spotting the fat ones, while leaving the skinny ones to ripen. If he goes missing, I know I can likely find him hunkered down in the pea patch, munching away. The peas are almost past their peak now and will soon be pulled up to make room for the tomatoes, which will likely inspire a whole new round of garden munching.