If you are Canadian then you know that today is Victoria Day, the holiday that brings us the May long weekend. This is when water parks open and people bust out the white shoes. It’s traditionally a weekend of camping, and the weather usually does not co-operate, but no one cares because of the traditional beer they’re consuming. All drunk to the honour of the late Queen Victoria, after whom the holiday is named, of course.
For the more sedate among us, such as myself, this is also traditionally a weekend of gardening. All across Canada this weekend, people are packing into their local garden centres and buying seedlings and mulch. The risk of frost is over and it’s time to get your plants in the ground so that they’ll be ready for harvest in the fall.
Since the Victoria Day long weekend is associated with gardening, I thought that I’d seize this chance to show you what my garden’s been up to. My garden is sort of haphazard, but I’ve crammed a lot into it. Like parsley, basil, sage and lots and lots of mint. Word to the wise: mint grows like a weed.
I also have two each of two different kinds of tomato plants. Also pictured: super-glam slippers, because my feet like to be cozy, yo.
There’s also broccoli and chard.
And my new raised bed boasts peas, carrots, dill, baby blue hubbard squash, sunflowers and corn.
The big challenge with the raised bed is keeping Jacob out of it. Apparently, garden beds are like magnets for toddlers.
My strawberries and raspberries are coming along nicely.
The bees are hard at work turning blueberry blossoms into tiny, green blueberries.
I have celery and tiny cucumber sprouts.
Here are my oregano, chives and thyme.
And finally, I have some large and healthy garlic, and some itty-bitty onions.
What are you growing? Please share! And, of course, Happy Victoria Day!