This week I have an all-shades-of-pink garden: the first luxurious flush of Zepherine Drouhin roses along the front of the house, Karmina and Dilys geraniums below them, Jeanne La Joie mini-roses in the raised bed competing with the white-bordered fuchsia sweet william (dianthus) that was last year’s supposed-to-be-an-annual impulse purchase, Cosmo Sonata Mix rising above the white allysum and shades-of-blue lobelia in the triple-basket planter by the front steps.
As a general rule, pink is my second-to-least-favorite color… just ahead of purple, which was last week’s garden theme. Fortunately, it’s true that Mother Nature is an excellent color coordinator; when you’re as lazy a gardener as I am, the convenience of brute survival usually conquers all lesser prejudices.
Exciting vegetable news of the week: There is a tennis-ball-sized green fruit on my Stupice tomato already! Of course some of the cherry tomatoes are fruiting as well (one or two of them were starting to set fruit when I bought the plants), but getting a ripe “real” tomato before Independence Day is rare around here. (And, yeah, if the last three days of 90-degree-plus weather are a leading indicator, by August it’ll be so hot everything will stop producing.)
How are things doing in your gardens this week?