Garden days begin! During the weekend we suddenly jumped from very gentle spring time to a taste of summer. Saturday was deliciously warm! After breakfast we took a trip to one of our local garden centers...
Garden centers have become much, much more than just flowers, plants and garden tools... they've become hybrid shops with everything from indoor/outdoor furniture and soft furnishings are offered, to indoor/outdoor decorations, candles,coffee mugs and bath & home-spa products!
Flowers! We purchased just a few flowers, as it is early in the season yet. Evenings and nights are still cold sometimes. In the car we toted home a big pink pelargonium plant, an English lavender ("Hidcote"), and little pot of bright pink daisies. Also some light purple pansies for our patio table.
Back home in our garden... This year we are trying some small raised beds for herbs and salads. We set up two beds during the weekend, and we'll add a third one next week. Soil is prepared. We just need plants and seeds. And some more warm and sunny days! The flowers we brought home from the garden center where potted and watered.
We have strawberries! Our very kind neighbors next door gave us several strawberry plants...so we'll have home-grown strawberries this summer!
Al fresco and abundance... We enjoyed our first al fresco meals of the season this past weekend. Fresh air and sunshine seem to awaken the appetite even more, and food just seems to taste even better when its taken outdoors.
May is such a beautiful and exciting month in the garden. There is so much to be thankful for, as each day something new and different is happening, growing, flowering and green-ing outside. We very much look forward to summer days ahead!