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June 9, 2011

Vegetable Garden 2011 - #2

Vegetable Garden 2011

I feel like I'm in a time warp. Or maybe like the movie "Groundhog Day". You know.. the one where you wake up and it is the same as the previous day. It has been like that all Spring. You wake up and it is still gray, cold and drizzly. You know it is bad when it is mid June and you can count the days that have gotten over 70 on one hand.

I didn't realize how bad it was until I've started comparing garden pictures from the previous years. We are 4 weeks behind 2009 and 2010. Take a look at these pictures:

Vegetable Garden 2010 #2 - May 16, 2010
Vegetable Garden 2009 #2 - May 18, 2009

I think we're just about the same stage as we were mid-May the previous years. Here is where the garden should be.

Vegetable Garden 2010 #3 - June 9, 2010
Vegetable Garden 2009 #3 - June 5, 2009

G did plant the beans out this week and we may be able to harvest some lettuce soon. But if we continue this cold, it will be a poor year for a tomato harvest.

Here's where we are this week.

Vegetable Garden 2011

Vegetable Garden 2011

Vegetable Garden 2011

Vegetable Garden 2011

June 10, 2011

Study in Green

The vegetables may not like the cool damp weather but leafy perennials sure do. I was amazed at the shapes and colors of the various green perennials on my walk around the garden this week.

From the dry shade garden:

Hosta Great Expectations
Hosta Great Expectations - it is a bit fussy and hasn't grown a lot

Hosta Patriot
Hosta Patriot - I love how the white edges brighten the shade

Hosta Sum and Substance
Hosta Sum and Substance - this one is huge. I'd hate to see how big it would get if we fertilized it. Hosta love fertilizer

Hosta Sum and Substance
Here is the whole plant

Salomon Seal - Polygonatum biflorum
Salomon Seal - It doesn't run much in our dry garden but it can be invasive

Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona'
Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona' - I love the leaves of this plant although it does like a bit more water than the hostas

Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis
Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis - the white flowers come up in the spring before the leaves but I find the shape of the leaves just as interesting as the blooms

From the sunny dry front garden

Eryngium giganteum, Miss Wilmot's Ghost
Eryngium giganteum 'Miss Wilmots Ghost' - now this can definitely be a pest. It seeds like crazy but fortunately, very easy to weed out.

Golden Spirit Smoke Tree
Golden Spirit Smoke Tree - it would probably appreciate a bit more shade

Gunnera tinctoria
Gunnera tinctoria - sometimes called Dinosaur food or Giant Rhubarb. A native of Chile that is a favorite of the tropical garden look. We finally figured how to mulch it to make it through the winter. It does prefer lots of water also.

June 25, 2011

Vegetable Garden 2011 - #3

Vegetable Garden 2011 - June 25

The weather continues to be mostly gray and overcast. It has been frustrating this year because we'll have a gorgeous warm day and then the next day will be back to gray and rain. We have had a couple of nights down into the 40's but it has started to stay above 50 degrees at night. And it has done the trick. The Stupice tomatoes have already set fruit!

The lettuce and chard are doing very well and the peas are finally coming along. Surprisingly the beans are already starting to twine up. We may actually have a compressed season with a few summer items at the same time as early cool spring vegetables.

Vegetable Garden 2011 - June 25
This lettuce needs harvesting

Vegetable Garden 2011 - June 25
Beans starting to climb

Vegetable Garden 2011 - June 25
Peas getting tall but no pods yet

Vegetable Garden 2011 - June 25
Apples have set

Vegetable Garden 2011 - June 25
Stupice tomatoes

Vegetable Garden 2011 - June 25
Tomatoes are coming along fine

June 26, 2011

Study in Yellow


This week - yellow is the predominant color in the garden. Lots of different shapes and textures in bloom.

Halimium lasianthum
Halimium lasianthum

Phlomis fruticosa - Jersalem Sage
Phlomis fruticosa

Phlomis chrysophylla
Phlomis chrysophylla
Cytisus battandieri - Pineapple Broom
Cytisus battandieri

Aconitum vulparia - Yellow Monkshood
Aconitum vulparia

Abutilon 'Canary Bird'
Abutilon 'Canary Bird'


And a little deviation - yellow bee

Bee on Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

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