Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Garden Tuesday

When I step onto my back porch to let Thor in or out, for the next few weeks, I will be treated to the sweet scent of honeysuckle. This may be an exclusively Northeastern bush (I'm not sure), but it's one of the nicest I've ever encountered.

As a child, I discovered (as countless others doubtless did, also) that the honeysuckle flowers contained a wonderful, sweet nectar. So if you were fortunate enough to have or live near a honeysuckle bush, on a hot summer day, it was wonderful to sit beside one and savor its sweet scent while occasionally plucking a flower to consume its few drops of nectar.

In the garden, the Simpson Black Seeded Lettuce grows,

the carrots are taking shape,
and my little guy has determined that the radishes are not ready for harvest.

He also talked his Dad into letting him get another garden gnome.

Happy Garden Tuesday!


gaylen said...

That is way too cute. The radishes will be ready before you know it and then you'll have tons. Well maybe not so many with your huge family, but . . . g

Pam said...

We have honesuckle bushes here in Oregon too - I love their smell. Your garden is coming along nicely.

Channon said...

Love the gnome. Can you believe that will all of my woods, I have no honeysuckle?!

buffalodick said...

The Gnome reminded me of my now- gone parents... their yard had a number of them..

noble pig said...

Oh my gosh you have so much progress! That's fantastic!

The Blonde Duck said...

I like the little gnome!

Paula said...

That little gnome is way too cute! How great that your youngest fella is out checking in the garden. Your garden looks wonderful! I can't believe how big the radish tops are, and the carrots look terrific as does the lettuce. My neighbor has a honesuckle bush, but it's way, way, way smaller than yours even though it's 15 years old. I love how it smells.

Miriam in KS said...

Your honeysuckle looks fabulous. We have one we started from a cutting from my parents' house. I noticed ours was blooming on Sunday. I agree. They smell wonderful and watching the bees work them is fascinating.

monica said...

I can almost feel the pleasant atmosphere you live in ! Wonderful!

Mickle in NZ said...

How lovely to step out with Thor and enjoy the scent of the honeysuckle.

Since Ii've been blogging and following blogs (much more important) I've got to see what various plants look like that I'd come across a mention of as a reader.

Growing up "downunder", most of the books I read were written by Northern Hemisphere authors. As a result many plant names are very familiar, I just haven't a clue what they look like.

It is a joy to find out, just as your garden, your yard full of trees is a joy to see.

Happy Gardening to you all, especially the 2 young lads.
BTW That is a fine looking gnome!

care and huggles, Michelle in NZ.

TavoLini said...

Your radishes are going nuts!

Our honeysuckle has been going crazy--I love sleeping with the window open and smelling it all. Garden is looking all around good :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

I'm with you and love the smell of honeysuckle. We used to pluck off the flowers too and get a few drops of necctar.

Your garden is surely coming along. I love that your son has put garden knomes out there. It give the garden more personality don't you think?

Pam said...

I bet that honeysuckle smells divine!

Anonymous said...

Here in the South, honeysuckle is so abundant that it's considered invasive. It fills most fence rows and brings complaints from some folks but I don't know anyone who doesn't love the fragrance. You brought back memories of my cousin and me, barefooted on our hot, dusty country lane picking flower after flower for those tiny drops of sweetness!

Sherry in Little Rock