“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” — Rudyard Kipling
Peonies are opening all over the garden. I’ve added many over the past couple of years — so many I forgot where I planted some of them until they began to pop up in early spring. Although they bloom for only a brief time, I feel about peonies the way many gardeners feel about roses; I can’t imagine my garden without them.
“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” — Gertrude Jekyll
Anchusa azurea ‘Dropmore’ with campanula
“Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.” — Allan Armitage
Penstemon ‘Pocahontas’ with bumble bee
Clematis are as omnipresent as peonies in the garden.
I’m not sure what this is. It was supposed to be ‘Josephine’ as well, and clearly is not.
“I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” — Alice Sebold
I’m slowly making my way around the garden borders for the first of the season clean-up — edging, weeding, dividing and relocating as needed. Sadly, it’s already June 11th and I’m only half way there!
I have no idea how I ended up with more than 13 mixed borders, a vegetable garden, an orchard (fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and currants), and a separate, rather large, pumpkin patch (thankfully planted over with a green manure crop this season to rebuild the soil).
I think my garden has expanded past the size that I can comfortably handle…
And yet, I’ve already enlarged the gazebo border this season (as in I’ve covered it with cardboard and straw to kill the grass; not that I’ve actually found the time to plant it out yet).
I can’t seem to stop myself! Reminds me of the following quote by Phyllis McGinley…
“The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation.
It becomes an obsession.”
When, I ask myself constantly, is enough, enough? I’ve made 3 trips to the local nursery this week AND ordered plants online from Bluestone Perennials because they wisely sent me a 50% off email – they knew I couldn’t resist the compulsion to buy more plants! I feel like I need an intervention.
“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening” – Wendell Berry
“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.” – Aldo Leopold
May is the month of great anticipation, but the garden truly comes alive in June. Everyday brings new blooms, a subtle change in the pervasive shades of green throughout the garden, and returning bird, bee and butterfly guests.
The energy is palpable as the garden prepares for its peak performance; everything sits vibrating with anticipation, on the cusp…