Thursday, June 20, 2013

In the Garden: Summer Solstice week!

Inspired by SouleMama to join the weekly celebration of the garden!
This beautiful week of summer solstice we have globe flowers aplenty. 
The chicks are starting to look like chickens, and are in seventh heaven roaming in their wooded little paradise.

 The only things left in the sunroom are my peppers, and round two of tomatoes.  The first rounds finally gave up the ghost.  Not sure these little ones will even make fruit, but the greenhouse will be finished today so why not give them a sporting chance.

 I went a little crazy on the flowers this year.  After all those years of trying to get any flowers to grow in Nome, not to mention the disappointment of having your struggling flower beds ripped up {or stranger even, replanted with tempura vegetables} by random people on Front Street--can you blame a girl? I now have a ton of stuff growing, but not too much in the way of flowers...yet. But I sure have petunias! This was my first go at petunias this year.
petunias I planted from seed

Petunias purchased at the orange box store.
I think mine might be better--certainly unrulier, and more in keeping with the overall style of our landscaping :)

 The carrot, lettuce, peas, radish, beet, rutabega garden is coming along nicely.  I have discovered this week also  that Sadie sunflower-bombed most of my raised beds.  I'm going to keep as many of those as I can.

 Nasturtiums finally sprouted.  It really isn't summer for me without buckets and buckets of nasturtiums growing around.  I planted a couple varieties, and spruced up the chicken coop with its own hanging basket.  Gotta keep things classy for the chicks, right?
Brassicas are growing right along!
hothouse frame and raised beds just waiting for finishing, Raspberries and Rhubarb?  Check and Check.
 And this is the beautiful fern garden growing right off the front porch.  Whoever thought out the landscaping concept for this home did a really nice job.  I appreciate the perennial gardening touches here and there.  I decided to plant a few pink and white astilbe in with the ferns, as well as some candytuft & french named forest strawberries {to compliment the existing volunteers} and some echinacea, which might be getting a little too much shade at the moment.

 and the honeysuckle is blooming and smelling oh so sweet at the front door, while the lilacs are blooming and wafting in my kitchen window, making dishwashing a real Calgon experience;)

 Not pictured are several varieties of pumpkin and squash... they all came up this week, so here's to hoping this land of the midnight sun will work its magic on them. My morning photoshoot was cut short by the severity of the mosquito bites I was getting.  This June has brought flat-out gorgeous weather for us {you almost wouldn't believe me if I told you that just over a month ago we got 6 inches of fresh snow!} But the mosquitoes...oh.  Words do not describe.  And poor little Eli--they like him the best and his little baby skin is all kinds of bit up right now.  I guess you take the good, you take the bad... right? 
Happy almost summer solstice--
may you revel in the sunlight, and may your garden be green and productive!


  1. your garden makes me happy

  2. Tara! Your garden is so lovely! I think gardening has become one of my happiest hobbies too - and so fun to share it with the kids. What are the globe flowers? I haven't seen those before - they almost look peony like. Happy gardening! XOXO

  3. Hi Rach... Just saw this. Globe flowers are also called troleus (might have spelled that wrong)--they are so pretty--like a field of golden lanterns. But short lived... as I type this they have almost all gone to seed. They probably grow real well in Oregon. Loving your new paintings... soon, soon I'm going to need to invest in another Rachel Austin original! Happy summer friend:)