I discovered this weekend that there is a poem for Lamb’s Ear. As you can see, my garden has a sea of Lamb’s Ear! And it has an army of happy bees that spend their days marching the stalks to harvest every drop of nectar held within those “pink tongues”.
I swore off vegetable gardening after last year, but then the coronavirus changed what life looks like (at least from my perspective) And it made sense to put in a SAH Garden. Apparently, this was the plan of everyone else in the area as well because the nurseries were all cleaned out by Memorial Day Weekend. My choices were not usual, but perhaps that is a good thing. So new varieties of tomatoes are growing quickly and I even have some tomatoes growing on the plants! There are sweet peppers instead of spicy ones. And beans – yellow and green. One important key is that I planted what I can manage by myself, in case Steve bails on me again this year. Rather I should say, he has bailed. His gardening input was to add some fresh dirt to the beds. But, a garden planned for a solo gardener is not a burden at all.
My containers are not full of the usual things either, my thoughts are mixed on how they look right now. But I count myself lucky that there was one lone verbena left for me to get! The color is really lovely!
I am almost done with Clue Three of the TTL Mystery shawl… and my love grows for the design work! I will share photos on Wednesday – but it is the perfect pairing of yarn and pattern!
But!! I started swatching last night and I am very happy with my initial results. It needs a bit more knitting and then a nice bath. But, I think this yarn will work beautifully!
I hope your Monday is full of good things!
Your Lambs Ear is beautiful! It certainly looks lovely planted in a mass. Would you believe I couldn’t find any this spring for a new garden I planned! Can’t wait to see your shawl and hear about the swatch!
Beautiful swatch! What will it become?!?!? Is that a laceweight yarn?
My (lack or) pots are driving me crazy. I went to buy plants over the weekend, and everything is just about gone. I have some strawberry pots that I usually fill with moss rose, and no such luck finding any so far. I have a few more places to check…
Love your lambs ear – we have not put that in for several years…may need to remedy that! Your swatch is so pretty…what will you make with that yarn?
I have 4 tomato plants that are pretty sad looking (I got them super late) and one summer squash plant. Dale would still like me to plant cucumbers but I just haven’t had the energy/inclination to do it. I’m very happy with the containers on my deck, though, the flowers are doing well.
I love your lamb’s ear and can just imagine the hum of bees surrounding it. I felt guilty mowing in MD last week because the yard is a mass of red and white clover. I enjoyed sitting and knitting in the shade and watching all the honeybees collecting pollen. Luckily the clover grows back quickly and my neighbors also have loads of it. I teased John for ordering his seeds in January but it looks like he was right. Can’t wait to see your TTL Mystery Shawl and hear about your swatch!
I bet the bees are just in heaven! That’s truly a pollen-rich environment you’ve got there! I don’t have any vegetables in my garden, but I have heard that it was a madhouse for veggie starts this season here, too. (I have a kitchen herb garden; no problem getting herbs. . . thankfully. ) Glad you’re enjoying the mystery shawl. I think Kirsten does a great job designing them. Alas, I don’t care for the design at all this year, so ripped mine out this morning when I saw where Clue 4 was heading. I’ll save the delightful Ansel yarn for something else, though, because it really is wonderful.
I used to have a bit of lamb’s ear… I’m not quite sure what happened to it! Your garden plan sounds perfect and, yes, I know a lot of people who have planted this year (or joined a CSA).
So far my garden is not impressing me very much. One of my three tomato plants died almost as soon as I got it in the ground, a second is looking like it’s on its way out, and the third has managed only one tomato despite having quite a few more flowers. Like you, I thought I’d use the extra time at home to tend to my vegetable garden a bit more, but I’m not sure my results are any better. At least I’m not relying on it to feed us!
wow…that is a garden of lamb’s ear….and it’s beautiful!!! I sort of had the same issue with a veggie garden…planted it early and the only seeds I had on hand were radish seeds…because no one likes radishes. They did GREAT…and I’m a hero to several radish loving friends. Likewise, when I finally got to the store, choices were low, so my little raised beds don’t have much. That’s OK. I’m usually tired of it all by July when the heat and humidity drives me inside!!!
Doubled Coast is a treat to knit – you’re gonna love it! and yay! (along with ugh!) for the single-person garden. Marc is mostly managing ours, but I will help if asked. I know I’m lucky to be eating fresh vegetables and herbs (and I hope Steve knows he’s a lucky guy to reap the benefits, too).
I love Lamb’s Ear too. I have it all through the garden and it is just so lovely to stroke it as I walk around. Looking forward to seeing the mystery knitting!
I love your Lamb’s Ear and that Lemon Verbena is quite lovely. All of the gardening places up here did really well this year – I think everyone is feeling the gardening buzz! I’m glad you planned the garden knowing that you’d be the only one taking care of it! Matt does most of the work in ours while I try to keep the kiddos rounded up. But I do a “supervising walk through” most days :p
(and I don’t want to be the pushy friend, but… Jayber Crow)
our lamb’s ear never makes it in our yard. Too hot? Too sunny? Too much shade? However, I have lots of other plants that do thrive.
The lamb’s ear is lush and lovely. I can almost hear the bees buzzing. The rabbits have eaten the zinnias but I finally got the cucumber vines going. The tomato plants are growing. The swatch looks beautiful. I’m catching up – my old old computer finally gave up the ghost so I’ve been between for a few days.