In The Gardens

Cypripedium parviflorum var. makasin

Cypripedium parviflorum var. makasin

Finally some rain today and this is a blessing. June has been lovely…warm and dry, with a bit of wind, which keeps the black flies and mosquitoes at bay. No complaints really, but it does mean that we spend a good part of our day watering pots in the nursery. Of course, we set up the sprinker system, but often need to shut it off when customers are here. During the heat of August, they may be asking us to keep it on. Please?! Try and imagine our grown up Fernwood customers abandoning their intent to find the perfect hosta and running through the sprinklers instead. It could happen, and if it does we’ll get photos and be sure to write a blog post about it! Though for today, we will be relieved of this one chore of watering, and the plants will get a good natural soaking.
The ladyslippers are either opening or opened. The yellow ladyslippers always catch people’s eye. They are certainly a favorite and the small ‘slippers’ are unique among flowers. We like them the best in the early morning when the dew is still on them. Sweet. What else is blooming?
Azealea

Azealea

Azalea

Azalea

azalea

azalea

The azaleas are also blooming and gorgeous . Also the thalictrum and a large patch of senecio.
Thalictrum

Thalictrum

Senecio

Senecio

In the vegetable garden, the very last of the carrots were sown…just before the rain. Some winter squash and another planting of greens. The first crop of spinach will be harvested and frozen. Often we make several spanakopitas ( greek spinach pie made with feta cheese and phyllo dough) with the fresh spinach, save one for dinner, and freeze the rest. In mid winter it’s nice to reach into the deep freeze and pull out a greek pie all ready to bake. Picture 935
The broccoli is beginning to form heads and the tatsoi and pak choi need picking before they bolt. In some ways it has been a late spring and the coolness has prolonged the growth of some things….tomatoes and peppers would appreciate a little more heat and a little more sun.Picture 931 In the meantime, we are happy for the things that enjoy the cooler temperatures and we will have to wait for the rest.
One last photo of those wonderful primula that continue to be a showstopper in the bed along the drive. This one taken looking directly down onto the flower……such great patterns in nature!Picture 902Picture 903

4 comments on “In The Gardens

  1. I have that primrose and mine is done blooming in Limington. Now I know where I purchased it. It is wonderful seeing all of your plants because I can identify some and where I got them. Love your posts.

    • Thank you, Donna,
      The primrose have been blooming here for quite some time….they seem to have enjoyed this cooler spring. We have really enjoyed their burst of color along the drive. So happy you enjoy the blog!, denise

  2. lots growing in your garden, I remember Greek spinach pie, I worked for a Greek family in the late 80’s and they used to make it from their own recipe, they said it was the traditional meal for Easter, I have spinach growing, think I must make some, Frances

    • Yes…it is yummy and we go into spinach pie production when baskets of spinach are brought in. last year I made it also( and froze it) with a combination of spinach and kale. Good stuff!
      denise

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