I just figured out how to post photos, though only one at a time. So here are a few pics from my garden a few years ago, one at a time. I'm looking forward to the flowers blooming this year!
Bachelor's Buttons, calendula, dill and zinnias among the vegetables
Perpetual spinach, so beautiful.
Nice photos! The second one especially. I love color in the kitchen garden. I am still waiting for a lot of mine to bloom, but I am 2 zones behind you.
Thanks Mandolls. These pictures are from a couple of years ago, farther along in the season. I don't have anything blooming yet except chamomile so far.
Perpetual spinach. Is that chard?? Looks like it. If not, fill me in on perpetual spinach! Please. Nancy
Nancy, its botanical name is "Beta vulgaris var cicla", so it seems to be a variety of chard. I tried it when I read in a catalog that it was more tender and less crinkly than chard, which I'm not a huge fan of. The stems are thinner and the leaves don't get as big. Sometimes descriptions claim, as they also do of New Zealand Spinach, that it tastes similar to spinach. I think these are exaggerations. Neither do, IMO. This tastes like chard to me, but a bit more delicate. I like it, and have grown it for years.
Just googling it, I came across a research abstract saying that chard has a protective effect on the liver where there's diabetes....
Here is a link that might be useful: effects of chard on rats with diabetes