May is quite a lovely month in the garden. The amaryllises in the side yard were in peak bloom. The amaryllises were there when I moved in so I can't take any credit for them.
A few weeks later, most of the blooms had faded.
My blueberries started ripening.
My first blueberry bush is on the right, the spindly mostly leafless stemmed one. It's a Rebel blueberry that my friend E(L) bought me at the grocery store while we were shopping for her cooking lesson. On the left is a Caribbean Paradise that I bought last year, and which yielded maybe a dozen berries. In the middle is a Sunshine blueberry that I recently bought at the Farmers Market - Alhambra because it was already studded with berries.
My first substantial blueberry crop came near the end of the month.
My dad's working on building a planter along the wall. In front is a Bong Thien Ly (Vietnamese Tonkin Jasmine) vine. I was afraid the cold frost this past winter killed it, but it's slowly coming back to life. The fragrant blooms can be stir-fried with beef. The blueberry bushes are on the other side of the trellis. Longan tree that needs to be planted in front of the planter wall. And some potatoes I've got in pots.
Just cut up some potatoes that had started rooting in my cupboard and planted them a while back. Looking forward to some homegrown baby potatoes.
My youngest uncle also gave me La Lot (Vietnamese Wild Betel Leaf) so I can make one of my favorite dishes, Bo Nuong La Lot (Vietnamese Grilled Beef in Wild Betel Leaf). It's looking a little denuded since I recently used several of the big leaves for Amok Trey (Cambodian Steamed Fish Curry). I haven't figured out where to plant it yet, so I've just left it in the planter box for now.
My niece also grew some beans from seed at her preschool so those got transplanted outdoors too.
All my roses died. :( So did the money tree and my begonias. All I've got left are geraniums and a night-blooming cereus.
The latter of which needs to be transplanted to a bigger pot.
At least I got a few lovely blooms from it this year.
These are all pictures of one singular bloom though.
It opens around midnight and usually fades by the next day.
I need to figure out a less obtrusive spot to put my compost bin. I think the camellia tree is 80+ years old. Seems like all the old houses in my town have camellia trees that were planted back then. There were actually more than two dozen camellia bushes/trees on the property. My dad cut most of them down, leaving about half a dozen for privacy.
He wanted to cut down this tree too.
But this one's my favorite. Prettiest blooms. Even if they don't last very long.
My youngest uncle also gave us several other trees. Papaya.
Guava on the left, and Texas orange on the right.
The fig tree was here when I moved in. It's more of a bush really. Huge trunk, that was majorly chopped down because it's too close to the foundation.
Tiny figs starting to come in.
My neighbor's loquat tree hangs over my side, right outside my kitchen window.
And not in my garden, but one of my favorite parts of May is seeing the jacaranda trees in bloom.
This is actually in San Gabriel, near the Mission District.
Other garden updates.
1 year ago today,
2 years ago today,
3 years ago today, White Bean and Bacon Soup.
4 years ago today, Blanca - Newport Beach (Closed).
5 years ago today, Salsa Fresca.
6 years ago today, Dumpling 10053 - El Monte.