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|21 May '13 10:56 am|
After the corn was planted, I sprinkled some mammoth Dill seeds in an open space back at the other side of the garden where I hadn't transplanted any sunflowers. Then sort of in the middle by the corn, I transplanted the Nasturtium and Cilantro starts. And good news, I discovered a total of three volunteer Borage sprouts in the corner of my garden by the Dogwood tree which is opposite of the corner by the compost bin. This is exactly where I want to have Borage come up. I hoed one up by mistake, though, so now there's two. :p Borage is a favorite herb of mine. The pale green hairy foliage is visually interesting and the plant produces mostly blue, although occasionally pink, small starry blooms that the honey bees like. It does well in a container, too.
Another discovery at the garden is a Tickseed Coreopsis that Dad planted because he and my mother had some excess that they wanted to get rid of. Well, it's welcome here, and he put it in a good spot. At the edge of my garden close to the willow tree is a post that hangs a hose hookup. My butterfly house and bee house are both nailed to that post courtesy of Dad. And he planted the T Coreopsis close to that post, and so the yellow flowers that the plant will produce come summer will compliment the bug houses. A nice little surprise was waiting for me almost beneath the T Coreopsis. It appeared to be a weed at first, but then I recognized that it might be something I want. It turns out that it's an Echinacea! And who wouldn't want one of those? When this medicinal herb produces its purple daisy-like blooms, it will also look good by the bug houses. By the way, I want to mention that I still have that wren house at the opposite edge of the garden facing the willow tree, but it seems empty of birds right now. Hopefully they'll come. And speaking of birds, I've seen baby Blue Jays learning to fly. Mama Bird wasn't happy that Dad and I were so close to her one offspring that she was watching over.
Well, the fireflies are back. A couple of them got into my hair yesterday evening, but they're not lighting their tails yet since it's too early. And I also saw a June bug flying about at my front porch hitting its hard shell against the bedford stone wall as they tend to do. I like when those things appear and they're an interesting reminder to me of warm summer evenings. Now last thing I want to mention is that I picked out a plant over the weekend. It's Mexican Terragon, a lovely herb grown as an annual here in Kentucky and which produces pretty orange-yellow blooms. This plant likes part sun and has been added to the partially shaded front porch area beneath the porch light where it will be enjoyed along with the other warm weather pleasures this gardening season.