Today was another gorgeous day. How can anyone understand the beauty of this weather unless you experience the bitter cold, the fluffy white snow, the treacherous ice, and the gray, gray gloom of winter? Not that all winter weather is bad. Winter can be serenely and hauntingly beautiful.

But that first warmth that travels through the air in spring brings such a heart beat of joy. The balmy breeze reminds us that the cold and damp are coming to an end, and the bright, sunny skies and warmth of spring and summer are approaching. We will soon be struggling to stay cool in the humid heat of deep summer, but for now, those unpleasant worries are distant.

I have most of my garden in – the tomatoes and peppers have taken hold and are sprouting new growth. My herbs are thriving. I have regular chives and garlic chives as well as rosemary, lemon thyme, regular thyme, tarragon, cutting celery, Italian parsley, two kinds of basil, stevia, lemon verbena, lemon grass, oregano, lemon balm, sage, pineapple sage, apple mint, and spearmint. I love herbs – or can’t you tell?

I planted cucumbers and sugar snap peas along my fence so that they have a place to climb once they are up and growing. I also planted pole beans and regular bush beans as well as summer squash.

And just to round out my little corner of the world, I have a sour cherry tree, currants, and some raspberries. The raspberries have decided to make my life a living nightmare. Raspberries are invasive – something I had forgotten – and will take over a back yard so fast it will make your head swim.

My perennial corner around the middle of May


The cherry tree is in back beside the bleeding heart


Perennial corner


I am putting in a floating deck to the left of the bleeding heart – just a small 8 x 8 foot deck, but it will be big enough for me.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. J. Q. Taxpayer says:

    Outstanding garden. After having a heart attack I am not sure I am up to planting my six tomatoe plants or four bell peppers.

    It feels good to know someone out there planting one. I hope your crops come to the point you are feeding your entire neighborhood.

  2. Thanks J.Q.

    Hey, if you need help let me know. I would be glad to help you plant the little “gems.” There is nothing like a fresh, home-grown tomato or pepper – or anything home-grown for that matter.

    I have been gardening since I was little – first with my great-grandfather in Stilesville, Indiana, and then with my ex-husband, who was a farmer. My great-grandfather was truly old-fashioned. He had a “spring house” for years. He also refused to go to indoor plumbing until I was around 12 or so, if I remember. One of my favorites from grandpa was his hot biscuits with sorghum molasses. He was a widower, so he sure knew how to cook.

    Hard to believe, but I used to milk cows, drive tractors, etc., when I was married. I sometimes miss that!!

    Even after our divorce, I continued to garden – I just can’t get it out of my system.
    I don’t have a big garden anymore, but I try to get as much as possible into my little space. There really just isn’t anything like raising your own food – even if it is a small amount!!

  3. Sheri says:

    Hey Charlotte!

    Robert and I just built a floating deck. We used those cement pylons at the home store that are made for that very purpose and it was so very easy and quick. We built a 10×10 deck in about and hour and a half.

  4. Hi Sheri:

    That is good to know – I am planning on using the cement pylons. I have already put down landscape fabric to control weed growth under the deck area.

    Did you have to level much?

    Once I get the deck done, I want to put a short railing around it and maybe at some point I will put an arbor over the top.

  5. did you say “bleeding heart? giggle!
    keep on sticking it to the man- especiall when the “MAN” is so crooked, and such- as your cedar canyon, and maria parra posts so aptley point oput. and as the rubberstamping of the $55 million dollar “bridge to nowhere”( except the adams center road garbage transfer station); and the soon to be ramme rodded “500 million dollar new school construction project is resurrected.
    also notice how Mark gia(cana)Quinta’s name keeps poppint up- adams center road landfill(MOUNt giaquinta), FWCS school board, Wayne township attorney, and so on.
    Keep blogging about fort wayne- warts and all- once the world starts googling FTW, they will avoid this infected biol og a burg like the plague.
    ps- my peppers, and tomatoes, and roses(oh my) are growing great.
    nice garden, charlotte.

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