Hello and Happy May!
The garden’s awash with lavender and violet hued goodness.
I want to invite you all over for a stroll (glass of wine included with admission price 😉 )
The sweet peas planted just last year?? The Loose Woman of the garden and God bless her, she does get around.
Not that there’s anything wrong with it.
But I didn’t plant any of this. It just sort of wandered about in the wind, flirting and chatting up different areas around the property.
Who am I to judge? Live and let live I say (except for snails & aphids – sorry, not sorry)
The original sweet pea plantings began last Spring with a single packet of English seeds from a friend . I planted them in the corners of the new raised vegetable beds for some colour (and because really I had NO idea what to expect)
At the end of the season I harvested new seeds from the pods (apparently I didn’t harvest all of them!) and the plan was to hand paint little seed packets and give them to friends.
How’d that go? you might ask. Then I would pretend I didn’t hear your question.
The garden path leading up to the pool house.
Let’s change the subject and move on to the wisteria. What a show stopper.
Making off like a bandit with my garden basket filled with booty for arrangements.
Our new rose “Neptune” a gorgeous new addition to the garden, also from a friend. (whose now moved to the top of the list of hand-painted sweet pea seed packet recipients 🙂 )
The Spanish Lavender- whoa.
The happiest I’ve seen any of our lavender since we planted several years ago. So much for it liking dry conditions.
Yes, it might well indeed be drought tolerant but truth be told, it’s a drinker!
Probably best to keep the partying sweet peas and Spanish lavender gals apart or we might have complete chaos on our hands if we get another wet winter.
Here French Lavender mixing with Spanish and very happy (also drought tolerant) rock roses.
Another little garden tip in the vein of repurposing absolutely everything… Using dead wood that doesn’t burn well to stop debris from going into your drains, especially on a downward slope.
Hello there Spring!
Wedding bouquet by @olga_gaydukevich
Such a divine flower with a glorious scent. Shame it’s so stingy with its blooming season.
I mean…all these colours and scents… I do wish you were here!
New Scent for 2019 from Yves Saint Laurent. A spicy leather scent that blends black peppercorn and coriander with violet leaves and sage, rounded out with suede accord and musk.
Then there’s the purple Agapanthus. Trusty and strong. Not terribly exciting, nor does it have any scent but it’s a real workhorse in the garden. Also comes in white (love) and a much darker purple.
A friend visiting from the east coast hanging out in our wisteria heaven.
Did you know that wisteria blossoms are edible??
They make such a colourful addition to a salad or anything really. Sprinkle them over ice-cream, float them in drinks, fancify waffles or pancakes…just make sure you separate the flowers carefully from any seeds as the seeds are POISONOUS !
I like to live pretty and dangerously 🙂
Yet another lavender hued edible from the garden is Society Garlic.
Even though gardening sites say this plant thrives in sandy soil, Uh, no. It grows on rocks in water, here you see it growing in our stream, so don’t believe everything you read.
But you knew that already.
Yummy fresh from the garden salad (except for the cabbage & cucumber) including Society Garlic. The leaves are also edible and may be used as one would use chives and Spring onions.
Use Society garlic to garnish sour cream or creme fraiche.
Photo by @olga_gaydykevich
Lastly, may we now just review, lest you get confused with all this amazing information I’m sharing with you?!
Society Garlic: Yes, eat it all (don’t plant it too close to seating areas or where it will be brushed up against as it does have a faint smell of garlic)
Wisteria: Only eat the flowers NOT the seeds. Seeds POISON
Spanish Lavender : Yes, edible, but doesn’t taste very good. Unless you care for the taste of perfume, it’s best to steer clear of French & Spanish lavender and stick with the English lavs for culinary purposes.
Sweet Pea; Definitely do NOT EAT. Flowers, leaves or seed pods- All POISONOUS
Happy May and have a wonderful Mother’s Day Week! (Don’t we deserve more than just one day?!)
All photos mine except where otherwise stated.
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Olga’s photos via her Instagram