These hot and steamy June days, early morning is the best time to enjoy my garden. Mr. Robin waits, nervously, atop the weeping redbud for me to pass before feeding his mate sitting on their eggs. Mist shrouds the bottom field at sunrise, enhancing the beauty of the oats planted there, and defining many spider webs that catch the morning light. I enjoy the peaceful beauty surrounding me and I love the morning chorus of birdsong.
I try to begin my gardening chores early, before the heat sets in, with so much to do before the County Garden Tour only a week away. We hoped to be ready by now, but days of torrential rain have hampered our efforts. Even with all the problems Mother Nature sends our way, the garden is still looking beautiful. New blooms appear daily, and I can't begin to show them all in this posting, so I will focus on a couple of changes in the garden: a new trug, some different plantings, and the new Woodland Walk.
I love to celebrate each season with a gardening gift to myself. With summer a few days away, I treated myself to something very special: a large planting trug for the patio. It places herbs and vegetables closer to the back door, and its height eliminates bending and kneeling when gardening. One day, when I can no longer maintain a large kitchen garden, this trug will contain all the vegetables H.H and I need. Isn't it grand?
|In the middle, I placed a trellis over a tomato plant.|
|A dozen herbs plus flowers such as marigolds and nasturtium.|
The spirea in the cottage garden took center stage this past week, and in a future post I'll show what's new in this area.
|Yellow yarrow flanks the spirea.|
For the first time I planted morning glory to climb two trellises. Actually, I also planted them over the pea tunnel in the kitchen garden, but those seeds may not have germinated, because I soaked them too long while I waited days for the rain to stop.
|Morning glory on one side of the arbor. There is a mature clematis on the other side.|
The solution: dear H.H dug all the soil out of the bed and refilled it, this time using mushroom compost with peatmoss and topsoil. I planted bush beans and sunflowers there. They all germinated and are doing fine! Lesson learned!
Moving to the horseshoe garden, which was new last year, the plantings have filled out beautifully. The Sweet William is especially lovely. Snapdragons reseeded themselves all over the bed, and I added some I grew from seed. If their blooms are as lovely as last year, they will be quite stunning.
|The Horseshoe Garden|
|Bearded iris around the birdbath, and clematis climbing the trellis.|
The many native plants in the horseshoe garden attract pollinators and I am reminded this week is Pollinator Week.
|Native plants in the horseshoe garden include the red rose campion.|
As planned, we closed the old Woodland Walk which became too big to maintain, plus I'm afraid of the bears we see in there. We created a shorter walk and added some shade plants. I am thrilled with the results.
|The bearded iris in bloom along Bluebell Creek at the entrance to the Woodland Walk.|
The Woodland Walk is a cool place to celebrate hot summer days ...
|The Woodland Walk is ten degrees cooler than the rest of the garden -- lovely!|
|Heuchera and brunnera tend to be avoided by deer. I sprayed them with deer repellent to be safe.|
Returning to the main garden, I planted all the containers and window boxes last week.
|Coleus I grew from seed welcome you to the Stone Garden.|
The last chore (a big one) is to finish mulching flower beds, then we should be ready for the BIG TOUR!
I am linking with Donna at Garden's Eye View for her 'Seasonal Celebrations' meme and with Beth at Plant Postings for her 'Lesson Learned' meme. I'm late for 'Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day', but will link to it in case you didn't yet visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Thanks, ladies, for three wonderful blogs and for hosting these three special memes.
It is a beautiful time of the year ... how are you celebrating your garden on summer's eve?
|A simple container of calibrachoa at the front door.|
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