In the NW, you don’t see fast growth like you do in areas like Chicago, Mr. Taron!!!! Where you get immediate HEAT after spring. In our rain forest world, we stay in the doldrums of hanger-on kind of cool, a bit gray skies, almost through June. So here it is: end of June with rain forecast Sunday and a high of 63. No wonder our corn’s only a foot high and a bit pale to boot…..NOT enough sun or heat.
However, HERE’S the fun things going in the garden for me this year….they are TINY things so boring to anyone with a real life going on………..but I note these turns:
1. Today’s watering of the gardening reached it’s normal amount of time to hand water/soak plants at their base with a soaker so no leaves are wet. That was 2 hours. In that time, you tend to get to know your garden plants really well in the season and how best to nurse them through to peak performance…..so in some ways, it’s worth it. On days it 90, maybe not so much, but by then, whatever you’ve invested in the project is already paying off.
2. With the dry season close, and the yearling deer have been kicked out of camp since Bambi’s Mom has a new kid, we’ll be getting poachers soon. They’ve already tried the raspberries. To avoid losing some tomato growth, I put up the ugly temporary deer fence yesterday. I like it temporary, because it’s only up about 3 months before it’s not needed. So, no ugly fenceposts standing out there year-round. Here’s the garden last week:
Here’s the garden today:
3. New ideas with a couple of herbs have come up. Peter & Paula in St Johns let Parsley grow every year from volunteers. I’d never thought of that, so this year, let last years plant continue to grow. It’s now going to seed:
It wouldn’t be worth eating, but we’ll see how the volunteer thing works. And here’s the new parsley…..tender and tasty….I think we’re ready for some fresh Tabouli, don’t you:
4. I always knew Celery survived winter, but the 2nd year growth was woody and usable. BUT. Don’t we all love celery seed as a spice? I’m letting last year’s celery hang around, and it’s just beginning to form flowers:
We’ll see how that goes, but I can’t see how it can go wrong…..I LOVE the Fennel seed we save in the fall. Then there’s having this lovely Bay Laurel bush now in its second year:
4. It’s just beginning to take off, and I have two pints of dried fragrant bay leaves in the spice cabinet from last fall.
And other little things you get to feel as you water this time of year…………..
Hard to imagine, but this little sunflower will require strong support of its stem when it reaches that 8 feet high and mammoth bloom in just 90 days:
Our elderberries are at their peak (thanks, still, Nancy, for starting us on these lovely bushes) and have been getting eaten now by a real variety of birds. I never knew that ROBINS left the ground to feast on these pretty fruits:
On the berm……we put in two barberry plants two years ago. I didn’t have much faith in this one last year, but THIS year, it is SO beautifully full of bloom, fully fragrant, and humming with bee life, I have fallen in love with it. It’s only about two feet tall, but about 3 feet wide and I’m interested to see how it matures:
And lastly. Another thing you begin to see taking shape in a garden yard every summer are the apples. I begin to watch these little guys all way from now to September:
The apple harvest time of summer is truly embedded in me and most people I know because it marks the end of most of the vegetable garden harvest, it is the pre-cursor to seasons change, it is a celebration of the bounty of summer, AND…………. it brings back DEEP memories of tradition. What American family 50 years ago was NOT eating Apple Pie or Crisp in the fall? And who never enjoyed that without having the home run, i.e., Home Made Vanilla Ice Cream? This is a rich time…………….so I watch these little apples and wait…..poor things. Do they KNOW they have a stalker?
Ah! Summer begins………………………..