Good Morning Summer! I have been working on updating the website with information about garden pests, or garden jerks as I call them but thought I would simply post a few pictures taken early this morning in the garden. The photo above is one of my tomato beds with the first cone flower to bloom. I saw a photo last year of someone's garden with beautiful cone flowers and thought I would try it so I planted two of them last year. I don't know if it was a great idea as they are thriving in the rich soil and seem to be a bit bossy and are taking over some of the bed.
With the summer garden in full growth mode, it is now time to say good bye to the spring peas. Every year I plant the first set of peas in the garden as early as I can after the ground softens in late March or early April. I place a layer of light grow cloth over them that raises the bed temperature by 4-5 degrees and protects them from light frost and then I wait to see what happens. This year I thought that I would not get any peas as it was hot sporadically in late May and early June but with the cool weather and rain in June the peas grew in abundance. As you can see the yellowish blur in the bottom corner of the photo, Charlie is with me in the garden waiting for me to share a pea snack. He absolutely loves them!
In this bed I have mixed everything up! I have pole beans growing up a trellis with celery in front of it. The shade from the pole beans will mellow out the flavor of the celery. In the left front of that is garlic with scapes (flowers eaten early summer) and to the front right is Amaranth, an ancient grain. I have never grown Amaranth before but I have seen photos of Amaranth flowers and thought I would try to grow some. This bed is very healthy except that there have been a few japanese beetles eating the upper leaves of the pole beans that I have had to get ride of.
Lastly, this is the butterfly garden that I greatly expanded last year and I couldn't be happier with it. In the back row the common milkweed came up and I have watched monarch butterflies lay their eggs on it. A small bird moved into the bird house, hummingbirds eat nectar of the red bee balm and there are native bees all over the flowers. There is a purple kale that reseeded itself and a volunteer tomato vine that appeared out of nowhere. I'm going to let that grow for a while to see how it produces. I can see it from the kitchen window where I am sitting and I could look at it all day. Thank you for reading my blog, have a lovely summer day!