Not Even Quite Summer ( Officially)

a delicious bouquet of lilacs from our friend George Holmes

a delicious bouquet of lilacs from our friend George Holmes

According to the calendar summer starts officially on June 21st. The kids at school are still waiting for that last bell to ring, for the doors to swing open, and to be let out for their long awaited summer vacation. Here at the nursery, we feel like we’re in the throes of summer. Even if the weather has been on the cool side. Even if it is still officially spring. Our season starts early ( well, not so early this year!), and by this time we have a substantial part of the growing season under our belt. Oh yes, lots more to come. The pace of summer will be with us for awhile. We love the activity, we love chatting with our customers who visit the nursery, we even love weeding! Here are a few photos from around the garden.
Hosta ' Aureomaginata'

Hosta ‘ Aureomaginata’

Peony ostii

Peony ostii

Primula japonica

Primula japonica

Tree Peony ( unnamed)

Tree Peony ( unnamed)

We are bustling along here. New varieties of hosta being potted up daily. The sales area stocked with great native and woodland plants. The vegetable gardens filling in. The studio building is coming along. Our friend Ron has begun building a small cabin on our property, we love having him as a neighbor. He has been excited with the concept of the “Tiny House” movement and is working on his own version. Always something new and happening here at Fernwood! Picture 1151

The Peonies

Picture 1004The herbaceous peonies are really performing. Each variety seems to have more blooms per plant then ever before. This means…..ta da….cut peonies for the table and vases full of gorgeous blooms around the house. Even the tree peonies and peony ‘ Garden Treasure’ are laden with blooms. Oh my!

Vadim, one of our wwoofers

Vadim, one of our wwoofers

We have been meaning to write a blog about our wwoofers that are helping out here at the nursery and farm. Vadim has been with us for two weeks and we expect new arrivals tomorrow. This week, expect a post about them and the wwoofer program. Having a few extra hands during the busy season is a tremendous help. Stay tuned for more about our visitors!