Family · Gardening

Summer In The Garden

June 21st is the Summer Solstice…and as Spring winds down, suddenly the garden I babied through the winter and spring is a mess of greens. It has gone crazy. Not that I am complaining!

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The little apple tree that could. Of all the new trees this one is amazing. Huge apples, loaded as can be. With rhubarb under it 😉 I thought I had might have killed the rhubarb over the winter, but it survived.

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The upcycled bath tub bed is growing like crazy. Black and Red Currants, Nasturiums and Strawberries all falling out.

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I saw this at the Amtrak station in Tukwila, Wa and was wowed by it. It is Salsify. They were gorgeous and in plain view, on a slope, was an edible crop used for decor. Tall too – they were at least waist high on me! I may consider growing it next summer in the front yard!

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Last week we had the first blueberries of the year. This hot spring has pushed everything ahead of schedule. Usually we don’t see the first of them till the 4th of July.

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Crisp Cooking sent me these gorgeous and very handy berry baskets last fall. The boys love them – they each grab one and run out to find goodies to pick. Thankfully I have 3 of them 😉

Strawberries, golden raspberries and blueberries.

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The pea crop. A fail in the first planting, but then I replanted and did three plantings and have had a bumper crop this spring!

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The boys love going outside and nibbling the tender green pods 😉

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Fresh strawberries….

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Do you think I actually get many of these strawberries? No. Of course not. The boys on the other hand….

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This has been the year for me falling love with succulents.

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Love the tiny flowers coming out of this small pot (the pot fits in my hand).

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Heirloom beans taking off. After the spring flop of my beans, soil adamants were done and everything was replanted.

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The three seedless grapes are growing up the fence, in pots. There is a red, green, and black.

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The Meyer Lemon tree keeps growing, although it isn’t exactly giving me ripe lemons. Still, the fragrant smell from it in my greenhouse is amazing!

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Yellow Wonder Strawberry plants that I culled from the mass plantings I grew from seed. I keep taking off small bunches and then gifting them 😉

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Testing a theory, I have left my three basil plants in the greenhouse, with the doors left open. The plants have done amazing.

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Lupine opening up –

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It was pink as it bloomed!

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And as summer nears…little baby pickles on the vine 😉

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