When we began planting our garden in the spring I set aside a small spot to plant gladiolus. My grandfather passed away on January 18, 2010 and it was a very difficult time. One of my favorite memories of my grandfather is that he planted gladiolus for my grandmother and as they would begin to flower, he would bring them in for her to put in vases around the house. My grandmother LOVES glads and enjoying them was always special to her. When my grandfather was in the hospital after his second stroke, I brought him a bouquet of glads and I also took a bouquet to my grandparent’s home. It was a nice reminder for each of them in the moments that they couldn’t be together (there were only a few; Grandma spent nearly every night at the hospital with him). My grandparent’s wedding anniversary was July 23, 2010. This was the first anniversary for Grandma since Grandpa passed away and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. My glads were coming into bloom and I wanted her to have a bouquet of them. I had to be out of town on the 23rd to drive to Jon’s Grandmother’s funeral, but my parents made sure to deliver the bouquet. They made my Grandma’s day. Gladiolus will have a place in my garden every year from this point forward.
From my garden:
Luck would have it that these have always been Jon’s favorite flower. I guess they just hold a special place in our heart.
With every thing that going on I thought I’d just put together a random around the farm update. Enjoy.
My chicks Chickens are continuing to grow. The weekend goal is to put a net over their run so they can go outside anytime. Right now I limit that time to when I am home because I’m afraid a hawk will swoop down and grab one!
Jon’s sister Micah and I:
This is my veggie bounty from one day last week. I’m picking this much every 2-3 days. The amount of tomatoes has tripled in the past couple of days yet the green beans have decreased because the rabbits are eating the plants faster than they can grow. Any tips??
This is the first garden Jon and I put in 3 summers ago. Most of the plants were given to us by his mother when I graduated with my undergraduate degree. This is a sentimental garden because the plants a split offs from her garden. The plants have grown out of control this year. Next year it will be time to divide!
My new basil plants are still trying to fight the basil blight brought in by the old plants. These plants seem to be stronger and I have been going out of my way to cut and destroy infected leaves. I wish I could take a good picture of basil blight as it is very distinct on the undersides of the yellow leaves, but I can’t seem to capture it well.
Curling, yellowing leaves with purplish specks on the undersides of the leaves.
Sorry for the randomness of this post! There are so many thing I would like to share on here. Just not enough time in a day