Posted by: soniahs | March 13, 2013

Garden after the rain

We had a nice long rain on Tuesday, though when I got to the garden in the late afternoon only about the top two inches of soil was damp. It’s been a pretty dry winter, and once again the garden’s irrigation system is saving us a lot of work.

Water beading on the not-collards.

Water beading on the not-collards.

It had just stopped drizzling when I got there, and the birds were making up for lost time and being really energetic. One robin was really going to town on the bugs in the topsoil, while a big flock of yellow-rumped warblers was picking through the grass nearby. I also saw catbirds, northern parulas & cardinals, tufted titmice, a chipping sparrow, and three woodpeckers: downy, yellow-bellied sapsucker, and northern flicker. So a nice mix of birds.

Our lavender has a single flower spike.

Our lavender has a single flower spike. In back is the neighbor’s broccoli- as you can see, it’s flowering, unlike ours.

The remaining misome that’s been blooming is now really enthusiastically developing seeds. It’s a hybrid, so I think the seed will be non-viable, unfortunately.

Misome seed pods.

Misome seed pods. They’re about an inch long.

The few beets that have survived the cold weather seem to be doing okay, though they’re a bit battered looking.

Next time I'll wait a bit later to plant beets- they're not super-hardy.

Next time I’ll wait a bit later to plant beets- they’re not super-hardy.

Our cilantro is really shooting up as it blooms. I think the cold must have triggered it. The flavor has changes quite a bit- it’s much more buttery now.

The cilantro is about waist-high now.

The cilantro is about waist-high now.

Cilantro flowers.

Cilantro flowers.

There were some visible insects out too- I saw the first few lovebugs flying around, as well as some ladybug relatives.

First time I've seen this type of beetle in the garden.

First time I’ve seen this type of beetle in the garden.

I also ran into this critter on our neighbors’ fennel. I left it in place- though given the avian density it’ll be a bit surprising if it survives to adulthood.

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Probably a Black Swallowtail.

Finally, the lettuce and radicchio are still doing well! I wonder how long it will take for the radicchio to ball up…

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Mostly radicchio, with one red-leaf lettuce and a radish in the background.

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