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Tri-color sage lends beauty to any garden. Perfect for container gardens.

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Flourish

New growth brings hope of delicious rewards this spring. As the weather warms up, plants burst forth with young leaves, flowers, and foliage. It’s also an early swarm season for bees; we’ve rescued 3 swarms so far from the same location in the Gardenerd Test Garden. Spring flourish, indeed! Enjoy these shots celebrating spring this week.

Spring Flourish

Wordless Wednesday Pomegranate
Our 2nd-year pomegranate tree is starting to set fruit.
Wordless Wednesday cucumbers and squash
Squash sprouts, and cucumbers under protective cloches made from recycled water bottles.
Wordless Wednesday sweet potatoes
It’s sweet potato time. Many nurseries have sweet potato slips available now.
Wordless Wednesday Sage
Tri-color sage lends beauty to any garden. Perfect for container gardens.
Wordless Wednesday Red Celery
Unusual red celery graces the Gardenerd Test Garden.
Wordless Wednesday Blackberries
Every day our blackberries set more fruit and move closer to harvesting.
Wordless Wednesday Jerusalem Sage
Drought tolerant Jerusalem sage is happy this time of year.
Wordless Wednesday bee poppy
A honeybee visits a California poppy, which are blooming like crazy right now.
Wordless Wednesday Bee swarm rescue
Our third bee swarm rescue of the month sits in a nuc (half hive box) on the roof waiting for its new home.
Wordless Wednesday Nasturtiums borage
Nasturtiums and Borage make bees and other pollinators happy this spring.
Wordless Wednesday baby chickens
Mildred, Betty, and Olive have grown quite a bit in the last 5 weeks. Tomorrow we move them out to the yard. Note the fire extinguisher in the background. These gals nearly set the house on fire a few weeks ago when they knocked down their heat lamp inside the cage. It burned through the plastic bottom of the cage, but everyone is fine and the smell of smoke is finally gone.
Wordless Wednesday Shallot Fail
We experienced a shallot crop failure due to a neglected aphid infestation. We harvested (after thoroughly hosing off the buggers) and are using these shallots fresh so they don’t go to waste.
Wordless Wednesday Brown lacewing
A brown lacewing – odd to find one in a city area but we’ll take it. Lacewings eat aphids and other pests in the garden.

Never a dull moment here at Gardenerd. Happy spring gardening!

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