Abba Goold Woolson
June was a spectacular month for the garden as everything was growing albeit a bit behind except those pesky weeds. I resigned myself to the fact that I will not catch up with many of the weeds until midsummer which is OK. I am planning to have family visiting for the first time since our wedding 15 years ago. I hope it comes to fruition as the visitor is my mom who is a gardener, but has not had a chance to garden as much as she would like.
Secretly I am hoping she will enjoy the garden, and get her hands a bit dirty. It will be so healthy for her. She needs the distraction and time to just be. I long to spend some quality time with her. She lives so far away, and I only see her once a year.
So let’s look at what happened here in my central New York garden this June. The pot above shows off violas and pansies I started from seed. They have been enjoying the cool temps. As I wrap up the June garden, I will be checking in with other gardeners and their memes: Garden Bloggers Harvest Day (GBHD)@The Gardening Blog on the 5th, Salad Days@Veg Plotting on the 4th Friday of the month and End of Month View with Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. This is another long post with lots of pictures to capture some of what has been blooming and growing. Hope you enjoy it!
Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t first touch on the June weather. We had very cool days and nights with daytime temps many times in the 50s and 60s and overnight temps in the 40s and sometimes 30s. The veg garden has been somewhat crabby, and many plants are were waiting all month to bloom and grow.
We have had over 11 inches of rain, and I think that will be our weather for the summer….storms. I can’t remember such severe storms coming week after week like this. The picture of the morning sky, yes it is a morning sky, foretells of the storms to come that day. I know if I see this red sky, I am sure to find it a stormy day.
June ended with the summer solstice, and finally summer weather with highs in the low 90s and lots of humidity. Oh and lots more rain every day (about 1/2 inch daily). I am not complaining!
While there should be a kaleidoscope of color all over the garden, we were still getting smatterings as the cool weather postponed many blooms. Of course not the weeds. The end of June brought on lots more blooms but I’ll save those for another post.
As you can see colors were shifting as flowers came and went in the front from the beginning of June to the third week. The trees were growing like crazy so I gave them a severe haircut as you can see in the second picture. The new growth sticking up will grow longer and droop over the tree so in a couple of months we will be cutting them again. And can you see the hydrangeas to the left. They are half their size, but chock full of flowers this year.
Here’s the other side of the walk. I know it needs some weeding and weaning of volunteers.
This scabiosa is growing in the bed above much to the pleasure of the pollinators.
This is penstemon ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’ I think. It is a dwarf flower about a foot high, in the front walk bed, that loves to seed around the garden and has made some nice drifts. And the bees adore this one too.
This is a seed pod of an Oriental poppy in the front walk garden surrounded by lavender. People think it has 2 eyes and a hat or hair….it is cute and unusual which is why I love to take pictures of the seed pods.
And Delphiniums were trying to grow through the crazy trees out front, but were getting caught in the overhanging branches.
This wall garden is growing together nicely with hardy geraniums, spiderworts, peonies, bellflowers, lamium and a few weeds here and there. It might need a bit of dividing soon.
There is lots of red valerian as it self sows freely. This fairy lives in the wall garden.
Here are just a few of the native plants blooming finally.
Some other favorite blooms either starting or finishing.
The veg garden is going despite the cool wet weather of June. Top left moving clockwise: first tomato flowers, pea/bean bed were finally producing peas at the end of the month. The beans are not far behind, blue potatoes in grow bags flowering, okra, garlic with scapes, thyme in flower, Brussel sprouts, peppers in flower, green chiles struggling with cool weather, tomato bed continuing to grow as we covered it for most of June. Center is our first small harvest of lettuce, scapes, chive flowers and new onions and the eggplants are still going strong. I am pleased and surprised with how it is all growing.
We had one mishap as the hanging tomato plants ended up on the ground. We were lucky there was no damage to the tomatoes or the plants they landed on. We discovered the shepherds hook holding them up was just not sturdy against the continual rain and wind of June, and it bent over at the base. That is what saved the tomatoes as they never fell on the ground, but gently bent over and were barely touching the ground. So we shored up the shepherds hook, and it is holding so far.
The cattails starting to form their cool ‘flowers’ in the pond.
The meadow was spectacular through June with daisies and blue lupines everywhere. They have really moved around the entire meadow over the last few years. It will start to shift now as summer comes. Can’t wait to see what summer flowers show up.
Birds are still very busy nesting and feeding. The robin was serenading us outside our window. The hummer was resting in the early morning light, and the cute juvenile sparrow is part of the first brood. We have house and chipping sparrows nesting and the bluebirds are building another nest in a new house. And we spotted an oriole in the pond….no pictures yet! Lots of dragon and damselflies around this year. And the rabbits have returned. I will have a special post about them at the end of July for Beautiful Wildlife Gardens.
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As we end June, I am taken back to when school ended and I would start back into my summer schedule. It took a little getting used to, but we soon became busy with fun things to do morning, noon and night. I hope you enjoy my tribute to June. It is a little how I am feeling as I prepare for retirement at the end of this month. Oh and what would June be if we didn’t have a few roses blooming.
Next up on the blog: I have a Simply The Best post on the 8th and then on the 15th will be Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. Will July be a big flowering month?
I am linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’sFertilizer Friday.
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