The gardens are growing profusely as June moves to the mid way point. A bit of warmth and a lot of rain does wonders for the plants … especially the veggies.
The beginning of the week was rainy and we just got the wanna be grass cut in time before the clouds opened up. Darn, now all that rain will make it grow again. Monday set a record for rainfall in our area … 27.6 mm, a record that hadn’t been broken since 1951. Tuesday was a damp day too, but the rain did move out of the area by the afternoon. Thank goodness as the planters are getting water logged. Wednesday was a lovely sunny day, perfect to catch up on some weeding. However it was back to rain again on Thursday. So we did a trip to the library in the morning and I popped in and out when I could in the afternoon when it cleared up. Friday (today) looks like a lovely day … sun, blue sky and temperatures rising.
The pole beans and purple hyacinth bean vine seeds are poking through the ground. I’m growing them both up the same trellis this year so I can see the contrast in the leaf colour and the bloom colour.
The peas are getting all those little tendrils that cling to the trellis. I have peas growing in an old recycle container and also in the corners of the big pots the tomato plants are in. I can’t wait to taste the crunchy goodness of the peas pods.
The tomato plants are getting the little yellow blooms. Won’t be long now till the tiny green tomatoes appear.
The scarlet runner beans have been growing really well and are sending up those climbing shoots. They are just touching the first rung of the trellis. I’ve also been trying to use us some of my older seed and in a couple of big black pots I added old tomato cages and some blue morning glory seeds. They all popped up after a few days. I’m hoping they grow and twine around the wire cage to give some nice colour that I can move around the garden into those bare spots that just seem to appear.
Here is a view of one of the plant tables. There is a big pot of climbing beans that isn’t visible from this angel. I’m trying a couple of bigger tomato cages this year and they are even colour coded to the yellow and red tomatoes. At the top of the photo you can see the honeysuckle vine in bloom.
What fun it is to watch the Egyptian walking onions develop the little bulbs. I’ll soon have lots more little ewo bulbs to swap or give away.
The climbing rose has been sending out new shoots all over the trellis and at the beginning of the week the buds were starting to show some colour.
The peony blooms have dropped their petals, leaving just the center of the flower. I was thrilled to get 3 blooms on this first year plant and I’m already thinking about how many blooms will appear next year.
The plants are in varying stages of blooms.
Fading – peony, poppy, bleeding heart
Hanging on – iris
Blooming – daisies, dianthus, lunaria, yellow molly alliums, coral bells, weigela, ninebark, daylilies, honeysuckle vine, petunias, pansies, fuschia,
Budding – lavender, coreopsis, liatris, Bressingham Blue hosta, astillbe, ditch lilies, creeping jenny, evening primrose, clematis, roses
I’ve been doing a bit of pruning back as well as some of the fading plants are flopping over other plants.
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