Friday, April 30, 2010

It's Spring in the Mountains!

Look at all those peas growing!

My online community of friends keep showing off their gardens full of all kinds of vegetables, including tomatoes and peppers.  As you can see from the photograph above, this is not the case in my area.  But, compared to others around here, our garden is well along.  Remember, even though we are in the south, we are at 2,100 feet.  The published last frost date for this area is April 26 or 29, depending on who you consult.  But those of us who have lived here awhile know it is best to wait until mid-May if you don't like to replant.  So right now, we are just tickled pink to have peas, broccoli, potatoes, onions, leeks, and such growing right along.  
Picture from the WNC Herb Festival website
Tomorrow I will go to the WNC Herb Festival at the state farmers' market in Asheville and pick up some unusual herbs to put in our herb gardens.  This is a great event; if you've never been, you should check it out.  What really makes it special is that you can ask herb questions from the real experts. Anything you ever wanted to know about herbs you can learn at this festival.

The flowering shrubs are just outstanding this year.  Here is a shot of a Viburnum out front.  What an incredibly colorful landscape we have right now.

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