The veggie bed garden with its containerized plants is starting to show promise. The fig tree is leafing out and the flowers planted to attract pollinators are starting to bloom.
Seed starting didn't work out well for me this season. I tried starting the trays outside this year because of the mild weather. The sparrows, finches, squirrels and peacocks loved this idea. The seed trays were ravaged and no seedlings were spared. So, no green beans or heirloom Cherokee Purple tomatoes for the spring veggie bed.
Purchased plants for Husky Cherry Red, Yellow Pear and Early Girl tomatoes were planted and are flowering. Sometimes "Plan B" needs to be put in place.
One seed sowing venture did work out. The blue basil seeds Penny at Terra Mirabilis sent to me are doing great! They have these beautiful flowers and the whole plant smells wonderful.
Flowering rue is calling to the swallowtail butterflies. I'm hoping for caterpillars soon. The rue is planted along with dill and flat leaf parsley, all swallowtail larval host plants. I do use the parsley in the kitchen now but I'm willing to give it up to the butterflies when they begin to lay their eggs.
How about this eggplant? There are two eggplant plants leftover from the fall garden that began blooming just as I was going to toss them. They are a variety called "little fingers." They get about 5 inches long and about 4 inches in circumference. With a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper as a marinade, they grill to perfection.
I've never seen a red admiral butterfly in the garden before this year. So happy to have seen several this early spring season.