I want to open with a quote:
“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.” Robin Wall Kimmerer
You are indeed a lucky person if you have a garden right now. I know it has saved me.
I have had difficulty writing my IMG post this month. I spend almost every day out in the garden…weeding, pruning, harvesting, pulling out spent annuals, watering, and planting new summer and fall plants in both the vegetable garden and flower beds. How can I possibly tie it down to how it looks in one day when it is constantly changing? And it isn’t changing slowly either, I notice new things every day. The colors, scents, and shapes are never the same one day to the next. This blog post tries to tie it down but I think I need a movie to give a true picture.
But now in mid-June it is time. So here is a snapshot of what has developed in the last month.
Quinn is our big hunter of gophers and moles.
She frequently does more damage than good, especially with moles, digging deeply along their tunnels. It’s not so bad when she finds a tunnel in the forest. Other than returning covered in redwood needles, she can do little to hurt the deep piles of duff under the trees. However, every once in a while she finds them in the middle of the flower garden before we notice. Such was the case here…
It took us two weeks to catch the thing, knowing she would just dig it up again if we didn’t get it.
Casey, by contrast, can’t be bothered.
The vegetable garden has changed a lot since we prepared the beds. There are three varieties of bush beans planted in this one.
Under the cover of plastic, zucchini is flourishing and we are harvesting our first crop.
I cover them in the evening and uncover them once the sun hits the beds in the morning.
I also have some cucumbers and tomatoes growing under one of the mini greenhouses provided by the plastic covering. They seem to be doing well so far and I will let you know if I actually get a crop this year, it will be a first.
I have both sweet pea flowers and edible snap/snow peas in this bed.
The first dahlia to bloom.
And here are some shots of the flower garden.
June is truly the most beautiful month in the garden. Northern California is at it’s most colorful in spring.
And here is the pollinator garden. With the exception of a few salvia’s and day lilies, only last year’s wildflowers have reseeded it. The colors and flowers in bloom change weekly. It is full of the buzz of bees, fluttering butterflies, and the calls of small birds feasting on dropped seed heads.
Now the weather has warmed we are enjoying being outside, appropriately socially distanced with close friends. The back deck is a perfect place.
The hummingbirds feeding in the bottlebrush tree behind the deck entertain us with their arguments and fights over territory.
I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into my garden. Questions and comments are welcome.
And it you travel to the coast know that the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are now open. Make sure you make an appointment, they are well worth a visit.