Ah, June. It’s a happy month in the garden. The temps this year have been mild and we’ve had enough rain. I’m getting ready for my big shindig next Saturday which means I’d better hurry up and get the last of the annuals planted. I have a flat of purple petunias to put in and a few red impatiens. And there is a dwarf sweet spire that I need to find a place for. I’ve ordered two more chairs for the sitting area in the Secret Garden. And, I’m in the process of getting estimates for a new fence that separates my yard from the park. And, of course, I am enjoying my new brick pathways. What a lucky gardener I am…
Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
I’ve been in Arbor for five days, noodling around in shops, riding my TerraTrike on the TART trail and the new Heritage Trail that goes from Glen Arbor to the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb. That is a lovely, lovely trail that winds through forest, past Glen Haven, and then through dunes. I saw a black towhee and two Swainson’s Thrush during one ride.
When I stepped out of my car this afternoon, I took in the wonderful mingled scents of late blooming lilacs, hansa roses, and peonies.
Like so many others, I’m seeing so many earlier-than-usual blooms. The hydrangeas are at least two weeks ahead of schedule. And, the day lilies are budding. They usually don’t come on until July. I’m wondering what August is going to be like if everything is ahead of schedule. I’m glad I’ve planted a lot of marigolds.
My annual garden party and recital is coming up on the 16th and the gardens should be in good shape. The guys came and spread the shredded bark, and that always makes the gardens pop. I removed six caryopteris bushes and that has helped de-clutter three beds. I love caryopteris, but they love my soil and were just too big. They’ve been given new homes. I also removed three David Austin roses, and Rhapsody in Blue. They already had black spot and looked scraggly. It was time to admit they just weren’t ever going to thrive.
But gardening is a lot like writing. There are endless opportunities to revise.
Today was the 5th week I’ve set up at the Fulton Street Farmers Market. The weather was wonderful, I sold out of most of the cookies, and I even sold a hosta.