Tuesday, June 9, 2009

June Update - Part 2



This is the Part two of my June update....here is part one. This is kind of like one of those vacation slide shows... Well if you are here, maybe there is something interesting you will find in our June garden.

I love these flowers (above and below). The barrel on the right has what I have thought are "purple tansy"...they look nice as seedlings, in bud, and purple blooms later.


We started a rain barrel in the ferns by the garage. I wonder if they will fill in and hide the whole garbage can. At least it has been full so I know it won't tip over with the weight of water.


This year we are growing parsnips...the ones in the back are a couple weeks ahead of those in the front. This brick really has no purpose.


I never knew parsnips look like cilantro...I will have to check the spacing and maybe thin these.


It is a time of alliums here...chives are blooming. Given a warm, sunny morning I should find some bees in them.


Another allium, love the tall blooms of these.


We are starting some ever-bearing strawberries to supplement our June-bearing harvest. There are also some pole beans and cucumbers in this barrel...we will see if they grow over the fence.


Jerusalem artichokes / sunchokes are another new plant this year....here I have some in a container...


We also have a bed of sunchokes started. It will be fun to see how they look in the fall.


These are some very nice hostas we inherited with the house. I really like how large these get -- they fill in most of this North side of the house.


A volunteer viola -- I hope to get more growing. These are another of those edible flowers.


Parsley from last year is starting to build a seed stalk. It will be the first time I see parsley flowers.


June raspberries are almost here...


Finally, I was impressed to see an herb return from last year. This lemon balm returned where parsley failed to survive the winter. This made a great addition to my wood sorrel cold tea.


Thanks for visiting our garden!

12 comments:

Cheryl said...

Hi Chris...love whats going on in your space.
The ferns are gorgeous. They look like shuttlecock, are they??

Chives and alliums are such a lovely colour....and as you rightly say bees love them......

Raspberries are my absolute favourite fruit....

ChrisND said...

Cheryl...the ferns are shuttlecock -- we have called them ostrich fern, which I guess is the same thing.

I though I read someone saying that bees like purple flowers...so do I! Though white looks good now as it means strawberries, raspberries, and peas.

Connie said...

I enjoyed seeing what is going on in your garden in this and the previous post. I hope you are warming up there now. We have had cool and rainy weather, but today was perfect...sunny and 76 degrees. This is my favorite time of year, when everything is planted and I can check the daily progress of things. I love how fast everything grows...Tomatoes are already forming on my plants!

Beth said...

Hey Chris - my chives are going nuts now too. I love the pink blooms on them.

ChrisND said...

Hi Connie....Things are supposed to be on a slow warm-up for the rest of the week...no 30's in the forecast at least!

Yeah, a lot of the garden is now autopilot (except the weeding)...the tomatoes should do well once we get some nice sun and warmer nights - though I have seen store-bought plants with blooms on them.

ChrisND said...

Hi Beth. Chives are a favorite of mine just because they are one on the things we do have in flower now...and they are great with potatoes. Each spring I think I should add more bulbs like iris to get a bit more color this time of year.

perennialgardener said...

Great idea disguising the rain barrel in a bed of ferns. I love the unopened bud of that Purple Tansy. I really need to add more Herbs to my garden. :)

ChrisND said...

Hi PG...I wasn't even concerned about hiding the barrel, it just turned out to be the right spot. I'd like to put more around the house too, but I have to make some of those look nice.

Herbs always seem like a good addition...useful for cooking and medicine and loved by butterflies and bees.

Chris said...

Great spring photos! The chive flowers are so pretty. I have 5 of them which is way more than we use for eating but they look nice and are carefree.

ChrisND said...

Hi Chris...I love our alliums - they always give something blooming during an intermission in our garden.

We could never eat all the chives, but the bees and hoverflies love them...not to mention the other critters hiding near the ground. Oh and they set viable seeds very easily there.

Avis said...

Your chives look great! I was hoping for something similar for my planters, but I'm not sure they'll ever look like yours...

ChrisND said...

I think they can do well in a planter...my brother-in-law has a pot that is always bursting.

Once again I am way behind on updates here...the chives flowers are now dried and setting seed. Summer heat is here.