Friday, June 13, 2014

Gardens in June

The weather has been absolutely beautiful around here for the past week or so…perfect for getting all my plants into the ground and lots of outdoor chores done!  Yay!  I took a few pictures of the gardens, mostly for my own reference for next year and to see the difference from one month to another. 

Here is one of the front gardens…a new garden I made early this spring, and finally finished planting about a week ago.


The plants are all quite tiny since it is not an established bed, so hopefully they will fill in this year and be much larger for next year!


I also planted window boxes that will hopefully also fill out in a few weeks.  They look rather sparse now but they are much better than when I planted them a couple weeks ago so there is hope for them!


I used asparagus fern that I had overwintered and divided this past winter and then some geraniums that I grew from cuttings and also some kale I started from seed.  I have no idea how the kale will actually look with everything else, but it is fun to try something different!  I can always just pull them out if it looks awful.  : )  I bought a couple 4 packs of coleus and a 6 pack of wave petunias to put in there too so I did spend something but overall I am happy to have such inexpensive window boxes. 

Here is another front garden…this was new last fall.  I dug it  when my husband was out of town on a hunting trip and I was SO sore at the end of it.  I’m not quite sure why I feel that is an appropriate time to jump into a big new project but I always do…it must be some crazy coping mechanism.  : )   Earlier in the spring there were tulips blooming here but now the garden is in what I am calling its “purple phase”.  I didn’t exactly plan it this way, but all the blooms right now are shades of blue and purple and I am really liking it!



I am hoping the vanilla marigolds I planted in front of the bare legs of the baptisia (blue flowers near center) will grow quickly so it won’t look quite so top-heavy!

Heading in the backyard to the garden I affectionately refer to as the weed garden:


The iris are blooming right now which is just lovely!  I call it the weed garden because this is one of the gardens that was here when we bought the place last year and it is filled with grass and lots of weeds as well.  Next year I plan to either get rid of this garden altogether and make a much larger bed extending from the garden shed to the garden, or re-work it so I can get rid of the weeds. 


Moving on to the shade garden:


It is home to mostly hostas with a few other shade-loving perennials, though I added some impatiens so it should be more colorful in a few weeks.  The chickens have decided they like to scratch around in this garden so I have to be careful to protect any new young plants I have planted or they will die an untimely death (the plants, not the chickens—we are very fond of Mrs. Bertha and friends!). 

Last but not least, the veggie garden. 


We have come up with an elaborate fencing system to keep the deer out, which has been working for deer but less so for rabbits, so I feel a bit like Mr. McGregor  whenever I find another cabbage plant has been eaten off.  Grrrr!! 

The arch is for cucumbers, though this is the first year I am attempting to grow them vertically so we’ll see how it goes! 


Swiss chard is coming along nicely, as are the radishes.  The beans are getting bigger too!



The other side of the garden:



I’m excited to see what it will all look like next month!

I am joining Cari over at Clan Donalson for the June garden link-up…so fun to look at everyone’s gardens and see the progress from month to month! 


  1. That vegetable garden is epic!!! I wish we had a yard big enough/with enough sun to do something like that! We're expanding little by little, but we'd have to spill over into the front yard for anything as big as that, since most of our yard is shade. It all looks awesome!

    1. Oh yes, shade is tough for growing things but so nice on a hot day! At our old house our little veg garden was getting shadier and shadier as the trees got bigger. I tried to plant the garden accordingly with more shade tolerant stuff on the shadier end, but since not a lot can tolerate that, it was a bit of a wash. Looking forward to “seeing” your garden in July!

  2. Your veggie garden looks incredible! I'd be interested to see what the arch looks like once the cucumbers grow. And I love the purple phase of that front garden. :)

  3. Dying of jealousy over your vegetable garden. So beautiful.
    The picture of your shade garden- what's the plant in the lower right hand corner? With the large leaves? I can't for the life of me identify it.

    1. Aha, that mysterious plant is rhubarb! It isn't really a part of the shade garden as it is against the side of the garden shed and it does get quite a bit of sun there, but it is hard to tell in the picture. Thanks for hosting the linkup!

  4. Wow, look at that vegtable garden! I would LOVE to have a garden that size, but someone else would have to weed it for me! I can't keep up with the weeds on my measly garden. I have never heard of growing cucumbers vertically, but it sounds like a great idea. We also grow them and they take over everything! You'll have to let me know how that works out for you.

    1. Well...the garden is not weed-free but for some reason (maybe because it is a new garden?) it doesn’t have very many weeds yet. Probably in a month when it gets hot and I don’t want to go out and weed in the heat it will get more weedy. We’ll see...
      I will definitely let you know how the cukes do on the trellis! So far they are just starting to grab on with their little tendrils so I'm hoping they naturally just climb and I don’t have to tie them.


I look forward to hearing from you!