Beltane/May Day 2019

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Blessed Beltane!

Beltane, also known as May Day, is the very beginning of May. And its purpose is to continue the celebration of Spring and the celebrate the Coming of Summer and fertility! Some people refer to Beltane as the “Fire Festival”, because Beltane roughly translates to “Bright Fire”. The bonfire symbolizes the return of light as the days lengthen and Summer begins its journey upon the Earth.

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Mealy Cup Sage

Last year, I planted a few Mealy Cup Sage plants around the water fountain in the frontyard. We’ve got a few blooms, but not many of them. This Spring is the second year for these perennials. And they are thriving in this weather. Since the Mealy Cup Sage is facing the south side of the house, the plants get tons of sun and the warm radiation of the bricks in the evenings. Hopefully we’ll see some butterflies on the blossoms soon.

Blooms In The Greenhouse

Kevin, Sara and I picked up some blooming perennials from the local nursery. We got more catnip for Joshua and Chewbacca. And for the future swallowtail butterflies, we’ve got fennel plants. In the afternoon Sara helped me get the plants in the greenhouse. Her and I also put some more flower seeds in the raised bed garden. In the evening, Sara and I cooked some hummingbird nectar. She can’t wait for her flower garden to grow and the hummingbirds to visit the backyard.

Strawberries In The Greenhouse

Katelynn and Sara nibble on the herbs in the greenhouse for several days. And now, we can add strawberry to the mix. The strawberries are small, but they are so delicious. The girls loves the sweet taste of fresh strawberries.

Our Garden In Late April 2019

The warm and the rainy days help the garden to progress very quickly. Flora and Fauna are flourishing. Our Meyer Lemon tree has a lot of flower buds; and we have a first blossom. The tomatoes are growing fast. Planting them on a good layer of compost did the trick. The peach tree is full with fruits. I can’t wait for July to come, so I can harvest them.

A little Bewick’s Wren made its home in the nestbox outside of Katelynn’s window. She loves it, when the wren wakes her up with a beautiful song every morning. The Blue Jays are very pleased, how the raised beds come along. The birds did their part of growing the beds as well. Lots of seeds turned into seedlings. In Summer, they will enjoy a Sunflower “jungle”.

Happy Gardening!