Thunderstorms are rumbling through right now, along with some torrential rain, so my gardening was cut a little short today. I love thunderstorms though, so I’m content to sit in my darkening kitchen typing this post, rather than being outside weeding and deadheading peonies.
Have I mentioned that it’s been an abnormally cool and wet spring and early summer? We’ve had rain 6 out of the past 7 days, and that’s been the norm since April.
The vegetable garden is less than pleased, but the perennials and newly planted trees and shrubs are loving it. So are the weeds, which have taken over every border I’ve yet to get to for “spring” clean-up (i.e., weeding, edging and mulching)…at this rate I might make it through the final border by fall!
Below are some photos of the plants in bloom this weekend. Enjoy!
“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
“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…
The crescendo is beginning to build. The peonies are loaded with buds, the camassia just started to unfurl yesterday, many of the clematis are already 3-4′ tall…in another couple of weeks, the June flowering will begin. It’s my favorite time in the garden.
Lots of work to get done between now and then, if we can catch a break between rain showers. I’ve done very little direct seeding in the vegetable garden and I’ve only managed to edge, weed and plant some seedlings into a couple of the borders with another 12+ borders remaining. I still have salvia and dianthus seedlings, dahlia plants and 4 crates of dahlia tubers to get into the ground.
Memorial weekend is usually my first big gardening weekend, but as of now, we’re looking at a dry Saturday, but rain on Friday, Sunday and Monday.
But the rain has spurred quick growth in the garden. Some photos of blooms above and below.
The rain had stopped by the time I arrived home after work. I was happy to have the rain after a weekend of planting dahlias, containers, and seedlings in the vegetable garden (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and sweet peas). It was a gentle, constant rain much of the day and the garden always benefits.
But… there’s always the “but” with gardeners…but the rain also benefits the weeds, dandelions, and grass that are running rampant through my borders right now. I know I’m not really “behind” since we’ve barely passed the last frost date, but I feel very behind.
So, as I was bemoaning how much work there was to do in the garden and how I couldn’t get to it with all the rain in the forecast for this week, Nora swooped in to the rescue – as she so often does – and grabbed the camera, and me, and forced a garden walk-about.
The tulips have gone over for the most part and are quickly passing into the spent, ugly phase. I will have to get to them this weekend to cut back the stems. But I allow the foliage to remain until yellowed to put some energy back into the bulbs for next year’s performance.
However, the perennials have really shot up. The alliums are half open and the camassia lilies are on the cusp.
But we did manage to find a few others in full bloom (see below).