Late June in the Veg Garden

Things get off to a slower start up here, so the vegetable garden is really just beginning to show signs of life.  Granted we’ve been harvesting asparagus, lettuce and kale for a few weeks already.  But to many, the garden would have looked remarkably bare until a few days ago.  Progress has not been aided by the below average rain fall or the fluctuating temps.

But we’ve received some much needed rain over the past 2 days and our temperatures have been consistently warmer (a little too warm this past weekend!).  With this, we’ve seen a bit of growth. I harvested the first of the snap peas, shelling peas and Swiss chard this evening.  Sautéed in a little olive oil and garlic, they made a nice add to this evening’s pasta.  Below are some photos from over the weekend – before the rains.

One of several young bunnies hanging about in the orchard right now.  This is why my veg garden is fenced!
One of the many “volunteer” poppies in the veg garden – self-seeded from last year
Shelling peas
The “Three Sisters” – pole beans, corn and acorn squash
Morning Glories growing up the tripod with zucchini and summer squash nearby; green bush beans in the  background and self-seeded chamomile in the pathway
Borage – the bees LOVE this

A Rose By Any Other Name…

Many of the roses have started to bloom in the garden, including several of this year’s new additions.

One of the new additions (above and below photos) — a David Austin rose called the “Generous Gardener.” This is from his English Rose collection and has a wonderful double/full bloom.  The fragrance is a mix of the old rose with hints of musk and myrrh.


This one is looking a little frayed around the edges from the rose chafers, which are out in force right now, but it’s a lovely hedge rose with a beautiful lavender colored, full bloom.  It’s already survived 3 North Country winters, so it’s a keeper.
Iceberg rose – a floribunda rose cultivar bred in Germany; it is a shrub rose that produces an abundance of blooms and is a repeat bloomer.  Although a shrub rose, I’ve trained mine to run along the split rail fences in a rambling fashion.
Tucked in among the penstemon, this rose has numerous, tiny light pink blooms.  It’s called a Pink Grootendorst and is cold-hardy.  It forms a strong, bushy shrub and flowers continuously once it starts in mid-June.
“Great Maiden’s Blush” – a shrub rose with delicate pink blossoms, this rose has a lineage dating back to pre-15th century.  It blooms only once, but the bloom period can last up to 6 weeks.  Very cold hardy.

Just Visiting


I found these two little ones in the chicken coop last evening – not a safe place for baby mice!  I have no idea what possessed mother mouse to have her babies in a hen coop, nor was there any sign of mom or additional babies.  These two were wandering about and I almost stepped on one of them.  I suspect they’re no more than a week or two old.  Their eyes are not yet open and they’re about an inch long.  I didn’t have much hope that we could keep them alive, even overnight, but alas they’re still hanging in there!  I went out and picked up some kitten formula and have been feeding them every hour or so. 

 According to what I read online, once they open their eyes, they should be able to be weaned from the formula and started on small seeds (gerbil or hamster food).  They’re adorable and I do hope they make it.

A Few of Our Residents

Part of the joy of gardening is the creation of a habitat that is welcoming to the local wildlife.  This means that occasionally (or more often than not) you sacrifice a plant or two to satisfy the natives, but generally the plants rebound and the local wildlife is satiated.

In addition to several young rabbits roaming the garden, we currently have a young woodchuck as well.  He’s taken up residence under our gazebo, along with the rabbits and chipmunks.  In fact, I envision a teeming NYC tenement when I think of what life must be like under there with so many bodies of different ethnicities.

Mr. Young Chubs, since we have an elder on the property as well


One of our many chippies
Our goldfinch couple



Mid-June – What a Delight!

Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Bearded Iris “Raptor Red” – a new addition to the hot border this season
Japanese Willow and peonies in the background; lupine, catmint, foxglove, Lady’s Mantle, verbascum and the seed heads of the spent alliums in the fore
Another view of the circle garden — catmint, foxglove, Lady’s Mantle and a dwarf spruce
Peony “Festiva Maxima”
Peony “Sarah Bernhardt”
Penstemon “Pocahontas”
Valerian Alba
Hairy Woodpecker (I think)
Columbine in the shade garden

Photos from Connecticut

“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” -Gertrude Jekyll

We stayed with friends while we were in CT the past few days.  Their house is nestled among trees, native ferns and Cheri’s amazing gardens with a vista of rolling meadows and ridges.  I could feel my entire body heave a relaxed sigh when I arrived among such beauty — the sea of green waving gently in the breeze welcoming us; the trees whispering, the many wind chimes tinkling, and the turkey and guinea hens calling out a warning that some unknown people had entered their paradise.