I hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday if you are reading this in the U.S. On the coast the town of Mendocino hosts an old time parade which is quite a community event. Labor Day is the time Fort Bragg has its own parade. An example of the cooperation between the two cities, only a few miles apart.
We appreciate our volunteer firefighters and Cal Fire personnel in Mendocino County and they lead the parade. The summer fire season has been devastating to so many communities and is a constant worry. I must admit to tearing a little as these brave men and women from communities up and down the Northern California coast drove very noisily by sirens blasting.
But, now on to events in the garden.
Summer is here and I find It is at that “in between” stage. In between the lush new growth of spring (which is now sprawling, overgrown and starting to go to seed) and the not-quite-yet growth of summer flowers.
New this month are the tomatoes and zucchini planted in half wine barrels. Although the tomatoes are still green and I don’t expect ripe ones until the end of August, the zucchini are already productive.
With the warm weather we have been able to set up a couple of outside seating and eating areas, plus chairs around an outdoor fire-pit for star watching and the making of s’mores. Are you familiar with them? They are a traditional summer camping dessert. to make them you melt and brown a marshmallow on a stick over an open fire and sandwich it with a chocolate square between two graham crackers. The hot marshmallow melts the chocolate and makes a very messy but delicious treat.
It’s lovely to set and watch the birds, especially the darting hummingbirds. I find myself resenting any time that I need to stay inside.
Here are a few shots of the flower gardens.
I’ve started to cut back the California poppies; they will put out a second bloom later this summer although not as profusely or as tall. They were starting to sprawl everywhere and cut off the sun of other plantings in addition to setting seed.
The sweet peas are blooming in the half wine barrel, one of my favorite flowers. I wasn’t sure they would do well in a container but it has worked very well.
I’ve saved some of the seeds of the poppies and am hoping they will reseed themselves for next year. It’s been exciting to find out what will succeed in this coastal climate with sandy soil compared to the had clay I had in Oakland.
There are new plants going in…more snapdragons, coral colored yarrow, pink nicotina, blue penstemons, sunflowers, hummingbird mint, and a burgundy leaved tea tree. Look for more about these next month.
Next week we depart on an Alaska cruise with friends so I am not sure how much gardening I will be able to do in the coming weeks. Fingers crossed that my house sitter will keep things alive while we are gone. The dogs are already disturbed by the open suitcases as we pack for the trip.
Have fun on your trip! My pup climbs in my suitcase when we pack for vacation!! LOL 🙂
That’s what one of my kitties used to do. 😊 Casey and Quinn only wish, they are too big.
I have to settle for their fur all over my clothes.
Haha! Always pack a lint brush!! 😊😊
Lovely gardens Liz – sweet peas were one of my favorite spring/summer flowers to grow 🙂
Thank you. They remind me of my grandmother, she was a wonderful gardener.
sweet peas are one of my favorite, too! I don’t know why I didn’t think to put any in this year. I sometimes plant them along my fence. The dogs always know, don’t they! Amazing how smart they are (even Chance, lol!) Have a great trip!
Hope you had a super time away. Sweet peas remind me of my mom. She has always had them in her garden. May your garden grow with abundance. Just to let you know, I am hosting International Scone Week and it would be great if you could take part: http://tandysinclair.com/international-scone-week-2018/
Thank you for the invitation, let me do some research. I haven’t baked scones forever and it would be fun.
Oh my gosh, Liz, I know I already commented but I just noticed the “peeing dog” float! So funny!! That is truly a riot!!
We didn’t realize what it was doing until it lifted it’s leg on our side of the street and let go with a stream of water. There hoots and hollers and laughter through all the spectators. The 4th is a big deal in Mendocino.
Oh what a hoot! lol!!
Love your garden!!! I’m getting a number of herbs and some cherry tomatoes, but I think next year is the year I’ll be going strong on gardening.
What a beautiful garden Liz! Enjoy your trip!