Happy Tuesday! It’s time to visit over our garden fences again! I thought I’d start with a little mystery I found yesterday:
My week-and-a-half old bean seedlings were all beaten up, with leaves torn off! The older beans next to them and the dry beans planted at the same time look better than these. We had just had a major marble-sized hail storm that was worse than anything I’ve ever seen where we live (shared on Instagram here), which is probably the culprit – but why weren’t the other beans (or any of the other plants in the garden, actually) damaged also? Just curious.
I am so excited to share this beautiful snow pea blossom with you all! This is one of the reasons I like the TGP so much – when I found the first blossoms on these vines, no one in my family really cared – but I knew you guys would ‘get it.’ I was just blown away by these two-toned purple blossoms – they literally stopped me in my tracks! This variety of snow pea is called ‘Carouby De Maussane’ and I sure hope the pea tastes good, because I don’t think I’ll want to plant any other type now.
The only trouble? The seed packet I got (from Pinetree) said 2-3 foot vines and so I just used a 2-1/2′ fencing trellis, and as you can see, the vines are already over 4′ tall! Luckily they didn’t topple in the hail storm, but I’m going to have to do some post-growth trussing now to deal with the extra growth. I looked up the pea on a couple of other sites and they all have the vines growing to 5′ so it seems to be a problem with just Pinetree (I did leave a review, so I hope they change their description).
In other garden news, the hoop house containing our sweet peppers held up well and I’m sure the peppers are much happier than if they’d been assaulted by all that hail. It’s also headed back down into the 40s at night for the next few days, which is another reason the peppers do better under cover all season here in the Pacific NW. The tomatoes are growing great guns – I’ve pulled the row cover back from the tops, but left the sides, as we still get cold winds out in the garden. And I discovered that TWO of our blueberry bushes are loaded with ripe berries and I better get to picking. They are a week or two early this year.
So…heat, hail, rain, sun – what’s the weather like in your gardens?