Hello, June!

Hello, all! I hope this post finds you well.

We’re still staying mostly at home these days, though things are slowly opening up in our state. CPT A continues to experiment with sourdough recipes in his free time. Most recently, he made hamburger buns. I think they turned out very well – don’t you?

In crafting news, I’ve started yet another sweater with the infamous green yarn. It’s a good thing I like this yarn. If I didn’t, I’d be tempted to toss it in the garbage after three failed attempts. This time, I’m going in a different direction and am using a crochet pattern. I’m hesitantly hopeful that this will be “the one” – but we’ll see. So far, so good.

In garden news, our peach tree is putting out fruit for the first time! We’re thrilled, but also a little nervous because we have no experience in this area. CPT A is looking into thinning the crop today, as the branches seem to be a bit overloaded.

In the vegetable garden, the radishes are taking center stage. They’ve given me a much needed confidence boost with their enthusiastic growth. Even the rat’s tail radishes (an heirloom variety I’m growing from seed) are doing well! They grow above ground – more like beans than traditional radishes. These are the blooms – aren’t they pretty?

We’re seeing lots of bees. I think someone down the road has added a hive because honeybees are everywhere. Also – the bumblebees (my favorites) are very active. It can make weeding a bit tricky, but I’m so happy to see all the pollinators, I can’t complain.

I’m growing mammoth sunflowers. I started the plants inside and didn’t put them in the garden until they were well established. So far, I’ve only lost one to the chipmunks. I’m currently growing three more replacements just in case something else happens, but the others are growing so fast, I think I’m past the initial danger point. I’ve planted a total of 11 plants so if they all make it to the flowering stage it should be quite a sight!

I’m also planting beans using the same strategy. The first round were dug up and eaten by a critter. So, the second round I’m growing in seed flats that I can take into the house each night. When they’re large enough, I’ll transfer them to the garden, and hopefully they’ll see the same success I’m seeing with the sunflowers.

Because I left things to go to seed last autumn, I have a lot of “volunteer” plants coming up in the front yard. Near the porch, I have a huge patch of parsley where I had a single plant last year. I was going to thin it out some, but then I spotted a caterpillar – the sort that turns into a Black Swallowtail butterfly. So, I’ve decided the parsley patch can stay. I hope to see lots of Swallowtails in the coming weeks!

I’m thrilled to report that my peony bloomed for the first time this year! This is a remnant of one that I replanted elsewhere. The transplant didn’t make it, but the remnant obviously did. I have two other peonies plants that did not bloom this year, so I’m wondering if I planted them too deeply. Maybe I should try to move them as well.

The wild yarrow is beginning to bloom. These pop up all over the yard, but are very popular with pollinators, so I encourage them as long as they don’t get too overbearing.

And, finally, inside the house, Ginger’s peace lily is blooming again. Such an interesting flower!

We’re seeing lots of warm days, but not much rain. I seesaw between feeling overwhelmed by all of the growth in the yard and being thrilled by it. The garden changes daily, and I have to remind myself to stop and observe and savor things – flowers, the light, the bumblebees – all of it. These things don’t last forever, and in the case of some of the flowers – they last only a day! It’s a good lesson to me to enjoy what I have while it’s there. Gardens are good at teaching lessons – don’t you agree?

From the dining room table, getting ready to do some sketching, and hoping you have a great week!

Mrs. Smythe

2 Comments on “Hello, June!

  1. Wonderful update on your garden! Very impressive hamburger buns!