Hello my young gardeners!
Well...my goodness what a school year this has been for all of us. We've certainly faced our fair share of challenges together, and I think our ability to pull through is a testament to our resilience and strength as individuals and as a community. As a gardener and nature lover, I often look to nature for strength and answers when I'm feeling frustrated or sad. And with so much unknown right now, witnessing the cycles of nature is so incredibly reassuring.
One cycle that is making me feel so hopeful is witnessing the return of the monarchs! We have faithfully tended to our milkweed patch/waystation for the past several years and now it has grown into a large stand of flowers absolutely teaming with life! The last few times I have visited the garden there have been monarchs floating about. Lets hope they are laying eggs and starting a new cycle of life in our sweet way station! This gives me hope and anticipation for our future. Check out the videos I took:
Another happy and beautiful discovery was the arrival of not one, not two, but three different beautifully colored California Poppies in our Native Garden! Creating a bio-diverse space is the goal of any proper native garden and I'm so excited to see that these flowers have decided to call our spot home. Look at how beautiful they are! Have you ever seen these colors in poppies before? I sure haven't:
And the veggie garden is growing great! Mr. Victor has been busy setting up irrigation for our tomatoes, peppers, peas, carrots, potatoes, basil, herbs, strawberries, chickpeas, kale, endive, beans, cabbage and more! I've been busy weeding and planting and will be planting the last of our summer garden this week with some cucumbers and winter squash that I've started at home. The veggie garden is looking wonderful and I can't wait until you can return to it and munch on some nourishing food. Here are just a few pictures to get a peep in!:
Finally, I saw this beautiful animation below and wanted to share it with you. It is on the website: The Kids Should See This which is full of great videos for curious little (and big!) minds. Have fun exploring!
I miss you all. I look forward to seeing each and every one of your smiling faces again dripping with tomatoes or grapes, or some other garden bounty! I hope you have a wonderful and safe and healthy summer and find lots of time to be in nature and appreciate all that it has to offer.
Hugs and slugs,