Let the YUMS begin!

A few ambitious, young gardeners began early this season, first taking out half the old soil from their small raised bed at the local Community Garden, then replacing it with compost and weed-free soil.

About a month ago, in spite of Chicago’s cold, late Spring, they planted seeds and a few hardier vegetables.

Here are some of the results, as of last Saturday:

Golden-ribbed Swiss Chard

Golden-ribbed Swiss Chard

 

Broccoli

Broccoli

 

Red and Green Leaf Lettuce

Red and Green Leaf Lettuce

 

Kale

Kale

 

Hardy Chives, with gorgeous blossoms, ready to be pinched back--or not?

Hardy Chives, with gorgeous blossoms, ready to be pinched back–or not?

 

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

 

Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage

 

Popeye's favorite--Spinach

Popeye’s favorite–Spinach

 

Green Leaf Lettuce

Green Leaf Lettuce

 

A huge Strawberry plant--the flower buds are forming in that dark area!

A huge Strawberry plant–the flower buds are forming in that dark area!

I have to say, “I am GREEN with envy!”

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The Yellow Magnolia

This fascinating yellow magnolia lives just a few properties closer to the lake on my street.  I took this shot in May of 2007, and haven’t been able to get a good one since.  This year, the early Spring affected them, and they just withered.  The leaves are looking deformed.  I guess the owner I spoke with did not heed my advice to feed the tree with compost, as it is unfortunately planted in what I term ‘construction fill’, not loamy, sweet soil.

Yellow Magnolia-3  Copyright 2007  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

I cropped it because I wanted to do a painting:

Yellow Magnolia-3 Crop  Copyright 2007  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

Lately, I took the canvas from the wall, popped it onto the easel, and began working on it again.  It requires many layers of glazes, so the work is slow and sporadic…there are also some days when my hands just do not want to hold the brush properly.  Perhaps after twenty or thirty more hours of work, it will look as it should?