I love Springtime in Michigan.
Sunflowers are very striking flowers and fields of them are so impressive to behold. I have seen only two such fields that I can remember. I used to grow a row of Sunflowers in my garden along the edge where our small cornfield was. I really wish I would have taken pictures of that garden and many other things. Photography was not a priority back then and was expensive to develop.
My post is dedicated to Sunflowers but I am thinking about my cornfields right now. One year was dedicated to what I believe was the “Silver Queen” late corn, very sweet and tender, and another year we planted hulless popcorn. Never together because of possible cross-pollination issues. I have since found “hulless” at markets, but not often and none has ever been as tender as the popcorn we grew so many years ago. We hung the ears out to dry and then stored them in large mason jars still on the ears, kernels removed right before popping. Not sure of how to do this at first, we somehow dried them to perfection because they popped beautifully.
Weeding was always my favorite garden chore. My second is pruning. What’s yours? I always had tons to weed since I didn’t use herbicides of any kind. Only Organic gardening for me. Other than a few times where I did make up a Fels-Naptha soap and garlic wash or just hand-picked the insects off to dispose of them.
Some love their riding lawnmowers and I get that. I used to use my mother-in-laws years ago. She had a lot to mow so I would do it for her cause it was kind of like riding a go-cart. Depending on how many acres or your physical condition, makes sense. My mower of choice many years later was a manual lawnmower. It worked out fine for me.
At this time of year, end of June, I would have planted everything by the end of May, I would have had some harvesting of perennial herbs, lettuce, peas, radishes. I would have had strawberries if I planted them as well as Black and Red Raspberries.
I would be busy weeding, mowing, watering and daily walk through looking for signs of harvest or trouble. I always had lots to do if I wanted to. Sometimes I would mulch a lot to keep the weeds down, other times, I just pull weeds by hand or use the tool I had for the large single root like dandelions. There was always something very fulfilling about “rooting” through my garden and improving the appearance like that. Great exercise too.
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A few of my favorite flower photographs.
After a long cold sleep,
life awakens in beauty!