A look back at May shows a lot of life and budding fruit on the homestead. This is a photo-heavy post of the spring sights I have been enjoying: flowers, veggies and Baby Junebug!

Flowering Allium

My favorite spring flowering bulbs, Allium giganteum, came out in full force. The purple petals are fading away leaving what looks like a green pincushion behind. They will dry out and stand tall through the fall.

Yellow Alyssum

Bees are buzzing all over the garden! That is a good sign for my fruit trees, shrubs and vines. They favorite the comfrey and alyssum in particular.

Bearded IrisOh my goodness, irises! My grandmother gave me huge cuttings from her bearded irises a few years ago. They have put on a spectacular show this spring. Looking forward to dividing them in the fall and spreading them out in the garden.

Buttercrunch and Merveille des Quatre Saisons lettuces

We are eating salad at every meal now. I planted two of my favorites this year: Buttercrunch and Merveille des Quatre Saisons. Nom, nom, nom…


Artichokes! My favorite vegetable is ready for harvesting left and right. I planted about eight more artichokes this season, in addition to the eight we have already growing.


Underwater AdventurelandA special thanks to darling, Juniper, who wins the award for Most Patient Baby Ever.  Mama is getting a good hour of gardening in while she enjoys her underwater adventureland – which is the more exciting way to describe her playmat thing.

She has also accompanied me on many trips to the nursery to get the garden jump started this season. I enjoy poking through the varieties of tomatoes while she enjoys munching on her hand – a new discovery for her.

Anyone keeping you company during your spring planting? Would love to hear what flowers are currently knocking your socks off and what veggies are filling your harvest basket!

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Written by Renee Wilkinson