Between loosing a little steam after a sustained growing season and the combination of warmer and longer days in March, the gardens are looking messy and out of control. Today I planted the first few beds of Buckwheat cover crop and went on a photo frenzy to document the last dregs of this season’s crops. Within the tangle of overgrown, bolting and weedy clutter there are a lot of really beautiful details.
On the left are worn out peas and tomatoes, in the forground is a mess of weeds and on the right are more weeds!
One of the last greens in the garden, this Pak Choy will be harvested for the CSA in a couple of days. Along the edge of this bed is flowering Spilanthes and a few clumps of scallions.
Another overgrown field; in the foreground on the left is a "weather station" were we monitor temperatures both at the ground level and at about 6 feet.
A late Pei Tsai crop, the last of the Watermelon radishes and way in the background bananas and plantains.
Sunflowers, Dinosaur Kale and Passion fruit vines to the right; a few feet of carrots and eggplants on the left. In the back behind a huge mango tree is our wood burning oven.
Most of the luffas are beginning to dry up; it's time to harvest and clean them for sponges.
'Oscar' Milkweed in full bloom, with developed seed pods.
This is the pod if a native ground cherry, whose seeds were given to me last year by Amy of the Native Plant Society. These plants have taken months to develop and I'm happy to see that they are finally flowering and fruiting. They make a delicate and beautiful low ground cover and I hope to collect seeds in order to incorporate them into my garden plans next season. The flowers and pods are tiny, about the size of a penny.
One of my all time favorites is this fuzzy blue variety of Salvia called 'Gruppenblau'. It's a perennial and should continue to grow and bloom throughout the summer, eventually becoming a small bush.
I left one carrot in the field which had begun to flower in order to see it fully develop. It is beautiful!
Many of the greens left in the field from much earlier plantings are bolting. This is Yukina Savoy, a delicious and dark green member of the Brassica family.
Green Oak Leaf lettuce
A field of freshly sowed Buckwheat cover crop, which is now enjoying a thorough rain! Notice the Spilanthes along the edge of the first bed.