June in the Garden
We’ve had a lot of rain in the past 2-3 weeks and my garden is LOVING it! Everything from the grass, to the flowers, to the fruit, is so green and vibrant. The only trouble with that is, when the summer drought hits, they will be expecting ME to water them just as faithfully. Boy, do I dream of an irrigation system….
Anyway, I thought I’d share how beautiful things are looking right now. Join me for a brief tour of June in the Garden.
Four O’clocks have started blooming in both white and pink. I planted a mixture and am reallllllly hoping to get some yellow ones. I’ve never had anything except pink before. Although, these that I panted from purchased seeds don’t seem to have the sweet scent that the old fashioned pink ones did. I need to get some more of those, because I do love sweet scented flowers.
I planted three new Echinacea last year, supposedly all pink. But when they started to bloom one seemed to be TOTALLY green. I was ok with that, however it has now started to turn pink also.
These two chaste trees, (vitex), have my heart. The Japanese Beetles fight me for them, but picking them off by hand is worth it to spend some daily time admiring their beauty.
This butterfly bush was one of the few original plants in this yard when we moved here over five years ago. It isn’t doing as well as it should this year, so I have pruned it and am babying it and hopefully it will live many more years with us.
I have to show you these bird planted sunflowers. They come up every year underneath my bird feeders which are on the upper deck outside my kitchen window. They are so sweet, although it’s sure not the prettiest corner of my yard, but it’s real life.
I am almost positive that I planted more than one of these white verbena last year. However, I had forgotten about them until I saw this one yesterday. It is a distinct possibility that I have either cut the others down with the weedeater or the lawnmower…. shhhh… don’t let Mr. Menace know, because he gets in HUGE trouble if he cuts down any of my plants!
The Moss Rose, (portulaca), is doing fabulously on the “green” roof of my fairy house. If somehow you’ve missed it, read about my adorable fairy house HERE.
Not quite ripe yet, but my four blackberry shrubs are doing great. They are still tiny, but growing like weeds!
My two fig shrubs are doing right along. No fruits yet, but some day! Notice my cute “barn” on the left? It’s not really a cute barn at all. Read about that transformation HERE.
A late cold snap bit my Eucalyptus back to the ground this spring, but it has recovered nicely. You can also see my current compost pile in the background. Read about how easy it is to compost HERE.
What’s going on in your garden?