First vegetable harvest: We started the kale indoors way too early, and it was taking over the house. But now our tolerance for jungle life has been rewarded. We’ve always struggled with radishes, but the wet spring may give us better luck this year. And finally, our here-and-there lettuce (some in the tomato patch, some in bowls, some in the bean patch, some in the flower garden) should keep us eating salads for the next several weeks.
Better-late-than-never peonies: Hank peeks around some fresh-cut peonies and blue salvia (I think that’s what it is, anyway), that finally decided it was warm enough to bloom.
Sage and parsley: Not realizing sage is a perennial, I started some indoors this winter and now have a ton. Good on fall veggies, and Pinterest tells me you can also burn it to keep the mosquitos away. I’m drying this batch in our kitchen doorway. Last night I also put some oregano and water in ice cube trays to freeze for soups and sauces this winter.
And finally, the bees: Our expert neighbor tells us the queen is laying babies. So they have settled into their new home. And, other than the beekeeper himself, no one has yet been stung.