I spent a bit of time hoeing in the vegetable patch. It has good tilth after all the compost I added last Fall and this Spring. The gladiolas are up but have not formed buds. They were 'on sale' when I bought them... so maybe next year I will get blooms. I shall leave them in the ground under more mulch. The dill got about 8 inches high.. not a good showing. I have marigolds that are just getting started. I know we had a late spring but these marigolds are really really late in getting started. My giant Russian sunflowers sprouted one plant and it grew to an amazing foot tall with a tiny bloom on it. I will try again next year, with more nutrients added to the soil. I know the patch does not get enough sun.
I found one more fig on the tree and there are 2 more big ones ripening. This brings our total figs to a grand number of a dozen. There are lots of little ones that may even ripen if this weather keeps up. I watered the back and at the front a couple of days ago, so this encourages the plants in their growth cycle. I have 3 dozen purple plums in the house. I have pitted and quartered 8 of them; added about 3 tablespoons of sugar and let them stand for half hour, then added them to the rum pot. The rum pot still has lots of liquid so I am not adding any more. I have been taking it out of the fridge for a few hours every day hopefully to help it evaporate some of the liquid and become a nice thick rum pot mix.