Coming in through the front gate we pass the strawberries, currently they are cranking out about a pound of berries daily.
|Tomatoes starting to perk up.|
|The remaining starts; tomatoes and a few peppers.|
|First tomato to develop. Oregon Spring.|
|First nasturtium blossoms.|
|Herb and bench area|
|Whiskey barrel and pots|
|Whiskey barrel 2 and pots|
Stepping into the yard between the barrels we face the shed and the rosemary and thyme planted in front of it. Both are growing incredibly well and the tiny thyme flowers are always buzzing with insect life. I didn't picture the third barrel here, but it sits along the fenceline billowing with flowers. The delphinium has faded and gone to seed, so things look a bit shabby, but the bee balm is just about ready to bloom and the glads and lillies are popping up between the other flowers.
Turning left and walking through the back gate we come into the previous blackberry patch. It still looks pretty shabby back here. Annual and perennial weeds are popping up throughout the yard, the lava rock path only extends a few feet before giving up, and the blackberries are popping out new leaves all over. I go back there and trim them down to stubs every week or two, but haven't gotten up the time and energy to finish all the cleanup yet. There is a small strip of cleared ground though that contains four small plots of winter squashes. I have given up any thoughts of growing corn back there though, it is too late and the area still isn't ready for it. The squashes are doing well for the most part, a few died (likely eaten by slugs) but the rest are starting to stretch their leaves out and expand into the area. I can't wait to see them take over that space and make it a flowing carpet of squash leaves and flowers. And eventually, fruit!
And that concludes our tour. Please stop by the concession stand on your way out.