May in the Garden

The middle of May is a beautiful time in the garden.

The purple iris are in full bloom.

The blue iris are in full bloom.

Crunchy little snacks — radishes.

The first vegetables that we harvest are Pink Beauty radishes — both spicy and sweet.

Radish greens are prolific.

We also eat the radish greens sautéed in a little olive oil.

Swiss chard is similar to spinach except it doesn’t seem to bolt to seed in hot weather.

The Swiss chard is also greening up and ready to be thinned. We eat the leaves prepared the same way as the radish greens.  After they’re sautéed we might use them in an omelet.

Iris, pea trellis, greenhouse.

Charlie built a pea trellis here.

The pea tendrils are beginning to climb the strings.

He added more strings in the middle to allow all of the vines sufficient space to climb.

Siberian iris.

My favorite is still the iris.


The whites will be coming on soon.

Do you have a favorite flower?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

9 thoughts on “May in the Garden”

    1. We always put these in early so it seems like the garden is going. It’s been a cool and rainy spring here in MD except for a few exceptionally HOT days. Jo

    1. Start with the vegetable you enjoy the most. We love French filet green beans and Sun Gold tomatoes so we focus on those. Jo

    1. Aha! Slugs. Charlie surrounds the radish patch with play sand. It keeps the slugs away because we have lost almost an entire crop to slugs in the past. Jo

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