ONE — It’s strawberry season here! We’ve been picking handfuls from our two beds of June bearers and day-neutral varieties for a couple of weeks, but yesterday I picked almost a basket full. Jam time.
TWO — A full-shade area along the gravel stairs that features dicentra and hellebores earlier in the year is now boasting healthy hostas. I’m never disappointed by these and really should make a point to include the foliage in bouquets.
THREE — And now on to more colorful beauties… The Garden by the Garage (for lack of a better name) features a large raised bed that is currently overflowing with blooms. Included are the very last peonies and anemones, bunches of dianthus grown from seed, a couple of new penstemon ‘Blackbird’. The last photo shows another new plant I’ve had success with, Sea Holly or Eryngium. Can’t wait for its spiky, purple flowers!
FOUR — Down in the other perennial beds, Campanula glomerata has begun opening this week. It grows in neat and tidy bunches, unlike it’s relative nearby, Campanula persificola, so known for it’s unruly and abundant, albeit gorgeous, bells.
FIVE — This is the time of year when the bees are happily a-buzz all over our two Anomala petiolaris or Climbing Hydrangeas at the entrance to the veggie garden. I took the last two photos yesterday when the bushes reached full bloom.
SIX — I’ll end with this rather sorry patch of corn, another test of sorts. ‘Yukon Chief’ may or may not produce ears fit for human consumption. I’m beginning to wonder why I even try to grow corn since our heat doesn’t begin building until about now. It certainly wasn’t knee high by the 4th of July, yet time will tell!
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