Monthly Archives: June 2013

Poppies Emerging

Poppies EmergingPoppies emerging step-by-step!  My poppies were particularly beautiful this year. I got some really nice shots of my poppies emerging that I would like to share with you! I captured a poppy just as it was emerging from its flower bud casing. You can still see the folds in the delicate petals as they are unfolding from being enclosed in the bud.

Poppies Emerging Step by StepThese are oriental poppies so they are quite large. California poppies which are very popular have a smaller flower and are more orange. These poppies are perennials so I can look forward to them coming up every year. They usually come up in May. They don’t do very well in heat so with our crazy weather lately sometimes the flower is gone within one day. This year it was cooler so they lasted for a longer time. Also if it rains a lot, the delicate flower petals get damaged.

Oriental PoppyYou can buy plants at a nursery or plant oriental poppy seeds. I started with plants which is easier. You might say “Is it worth it? For such a delicate flower?” I say that they are so beautiful and stunning that they are well worth the risk of the weather. Also, because they are perennials they are no work. They just come up by themselves every year for us to enjoy!

One of my favorite paintings Poppy Field in Argenteuil, was painted by Claude Monet. A woman and child are walking through a field of poppies. My grandmother and I would admire the fields of poppies as we drove through the English countryside. The love of poppies has stayed with me ever since!  They don’t last very long in the spring-time but they are wonderful treat after a long winter!

Worm Composting in a Raised Bed

This series of “worm composting in a raised bed” started with the post Too Many Worms.  The worm compost along with the worms had been outside since last summer.  The compost that they were in, which started out as not fully composted, was beautiful!  I had been removing the worms gradually giving some to a local boy who wanted to raise composting worms and sharing some with a kindergarten teacher for demonstration in her classroom.  The rest of the worms went back into my indoor worm bin.  The worms did fine in the summer and  winter outside with a layer of insulating leaves on top.

Worm Composting in a Raised Bed Created This Wonderful Soil

Worm Composting In a Raised Bed created this wonderful soilI finally decided to remove the actual plastic raised bed and use the area as part of my garden. I had read that the compost can protect plants from fungal disease in the soil.  So I wanted to try planting a tomato plant in the area where the worm compost raised bed had been to see if it is protected from early blight. 

It was easy to lift off the plastic raised bed .  I just picked it up and put it into another part of the garden.  I am starting over with another outdoor worm composting bed.  See update on tree roots growing into raised bed.

Here is a picture of my Brandywine tomato growing with a few green beans around the edge.  I will keep you posted as to the success of this tomato and whether it escapes early blight.

Update: This tomato plant did get Early Blight but it kept on growing and producing. The Early Blight didn’t actually kill this plant. And I got some very nice heirloom tomatoes from this plant. The green beans which were bush beans did really great!