The big news in the garden this month has nothing to do with plants.
Two 3000 gallon water tanks with outlets for fire hoses.
One out of four wells is expected to run dry this year in Mendocino County because of the drought. Our county depends heavily on seasonal rain water for all our water needs, and it was a very dry winter. These tanks also have outlets for fire hoses if needed (there are no fire hydrants out here in the country). So far our well is holding steady but we worry. The water from the well will go into a new filtration system before being pumped into the tanks for use inside the house. We have several new outlets directly from the well (unfiltered) for watering the garden.
Our lawn has gone dry and brown, it goes unwatered.
Summer is beginning to show its head in the vegetable garden
Vegetable GardenThe first tomatoes – still green but there are lots of flowers on the plants
Broccoli is heading up.
The first baby zucchini
The cucumbers are also under plastic to keep them warm but aren’t showing a lot of growth yet.
In the flower garden the spring native wildflowers are beginning to go to seed. Although they look a bit messy I will leave them to sow their seeds for next spring.
I know it is early summer when the roses and lupins start to bloom.
The snapdragons starts a good friend gifted me in the fall are blooming in all colors.
And the bees love the lavender in bloom along the driveway.
The pollinator garden showed very few annuals this year (maybe because of so little and very sporadic rain), but lots of perennials are showing their heads. Dominating are Sweet William Dianthus in all colors, California poppies, and Shasta daisies.
Just for fun, here is what it looked like in June of 2019 the first year, and June of 2020.
The rhododendrons are almost finished although I did manage to find a few to cut and bring into the house.
That’s my garden summary for this month. How is your garden doing?