Spring has continued on its slow emerging path throughout May with long bloom periods and a consecutive flow of color and beauty. I have enjoyed this spring more than many because it has been cooler, and with that cool weather I have been able to savor so many elements of the garden as the gradual evolution unfolds. When I am outside working in the garden, there is a calm and consistent steadiness to the garden that never makes me feel rushed or as if I am behind. It has been a joy this spring to be a part of that slow and steady flow.
In the past week, the weather has begun to turn warm, hot. We may have a few days here and there of cooler weather, but the inevitable heat of summer is on its way. And with that heat has come the 17-year cicadas. We do not have them in as high numbers as some other areas, but they are singing a boisterous song. By mid-June or so, they will have completed their mating and will die. The birds and other creatures are having a feast on these creatures. I have a few young trees that could possibly be damaged by the egg laying of the female cicada, but I am hoping the small numbers will reduce the chance of any damage to my trees.
Gardening Zone: 7a
May High Temperature: 88 degrees F
May Low Temperature: 39 degrees F
Precipitation: 2.87 inches
There has been a whirlwind of activity in and around the garden as the birds are raising young. Over the past few years, I have not had success in witnessing the raising of any American Robins that have nested in my yard. This year was the exception as a family was raised successfully this spring.
|American Robin Feeding Fledgling|
This is Bubba who sleeps in this drainage pipe by day and emerges in the evening to spend the night hunting and catching insects. He must find quite a lot of food because he is very big.
|Eastern American Toad|
what's blooming, sprouting
The perennial bed perched on the slope in the backyard is filling in nicely.
|Perennial Garden Bed|
Soon there will be echinacea blossoms.
|Echinacea purpurea 'Kim's Knee High' - Purple Coneflower|
Last year when I planted this False Indigo, a rabbit nibbled it to the ground. I am so glad it survived to offer this spring display.
|Baptisia australis - Blue False Indigo|
The irises have been rather showy this year.
|Iris germanica 'Tiger Honey' - Bearded Iris|
The primroses burst on the scene about a month ago and are still in bloom.
|Oenothera speciosa - Pink Evening Primrose|
My clematis plants are relatively young, but with each year there are more and more blooms.
This year I planted various hens and chicks in my hypertufa planter. I like these larger varieties in this planter.
|Hens and Chicks - Sempervivum 'Hopewell' , 'Spring Beauty' , 'Black'|
In the containers on the patio, I planted several pelargoniums with a variegated pelargonium and some dichondra and calibrachoa.
|Pelargoniums in red with a variegated pelargonium in red with Dichondra 'Silver Falls' and Calibrachoa 'Electric Purple'|
I finally finished all of the containers in the front of the house.
|Thuja Occidentalis 'Rheingold' and Gerbera Daisies and Pelargoniums|
in the vegetable garden
I am harvesting about a cup to two cups of peas a day.
The lettuce is still going strong with no bolting except for the arugula which began to bolt a few weeks ago.
|Mixture of various lettuces - Romaine, Red Romaine, Oak Leaf|
And soon there will be raspberries.
The spinach is beginning to bolt, but it has been a great harvest. I have picked spinach every few days for weeks. Some was used for dinner. Some was given to neighbors. And some was frozen to be used another day.
One of the most troublesome pests in the vegetable garden is the squash borer which eventually kills my squash plants. I am trying a new method this year by wrapping the base of the stem with aluminum foil to prevent the moth from laying the eggs by disorienting it and protecting the stem of the plant from larvae in the soil. I have never tried this method, so it will be an interesting season as I observe how it will work.
|Aluminum Foil Wrapped Around Base of Squash Plant Stem|
I am looking forward to tomatoes from the garden.
|Tomato - Husky Cherry Red|
planted remaining annuals in containers
completed mulching beds
planted bell pepper plants in vegetable garden beds
planted squash, zucchini and cucumbers in vegetable garden beds
set out plant supports for tall perennials
cleared some beds of excess English ivy
cleared some beds of excess Mountain Mint
chores for June
spread milky spore powder
sow green beans
trim Carolina jessamine vines
sow moonflower seeds
sow okra seeds
|Rosa 'Angel Face' - Blue Climbing Rose|
What's in your Garden Notebook for June?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I am joining in the following:
One of the reasons I have been so busy this month is that I am preparing for an art/photography show in Washington, DC in a few weeks. It has been a lot of work, but I am looking forward to it.
And Beth Akerman, an artist friend of mine, has created another incredible book of art, photography and writing. This one is entitled, How We See It...the nature of our worlds. My photography and writing are included with the work of many other talented women. Again, the profits from this book benefit the NOW Love Your Body Foundation that does so much work to help those with eating disorders.
Helen of The Patient Gardener hosts End of Month View. This monthly meme is where garden bloggers share their garden views for the end of the month.