On the 30th of May, it is important to set aside some time to think about the freedoms we have, how we obtained them, and how we maintain them. Thousands of men and women have placed themselves in danger to ensure American freedoms. Many did not live beyond the danger they faced, many survived but with physical or psychological wounds, and many mothers, fathers, children, siblings, and other loved ones have suffered deep, life-altering losses because a child, parent, brother, sister, or other relative decided to be one who defends American freedom.
We've had a great stretch of weather and with the holiday weekend I've finally found time to work in my own gardens rather than those of others. To stay focused on my quest to have all my tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings in the ground by Monday at dusk, I'm keeping this Newsy Notes post short. Plus I have basil and coleus seedlings to plant (looking forward to many coleus plants maturing like the one in the photo), cucumber, bean, and zucchini seeds to sow, and a ton of empty planters just waiting for some floral adornment … so much to do and, yikes, it's almost June.
May is chive season in Connecticut gardens. The multi-purpose herb blooms in showy globe-shaped flower heads in shades of lavender that gently stand atop long slender leaf shoots. I have chives planted in multiple locations, some in perennial beds and others along a garden fence line. In other gardens I've observed chives planted in herb beds, living year after year in a basic wooden planter, and as a border along a perennial bed. All striking ways to show off the herb's form and keep it close at hand for kitchen use. In a former … and formal … circle herb-style garden I created long ago, chives bordered the outermost edge of one of four equally-sized quadrants. Classic orange poppies grew in the middle of the quadrant. One year the two bloomed simultaneously and the effect was stunning (Sorry, no photos … before the digital age).