Archive for June, 2013

Dogwood in Bloom

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This tree is the third one we’ve tried in this spot. The first two fell prey to a rust to which dogwoods are particularly susceptible. This one is a few years old now and seems to have established itself nicely. This is by far the best blossom year it’s had. I’m not sure if it finally got old enough or it’s the cool and wet spring, but it’s lovely.

Predicted high today only 63°.  At this rate we may not have pickable herbs or tomatoes before the fall frost.

Herbs & Tomatoes

I’ve been wishing for fresh herbs lately, but the weather’s been so cool and rainy I haven’t gotten anything going. I finally made it to the farmer’s market and got some herbs and tomato plants. Now if it would stop raining long enough to get them planted, and warm up enough to encourage them to grow, I’ll have my herb garden back and tomatoes for caprese salad. I’m starting with basil, thyme, chives, mint and parsley. I’ll most certainly succumb to more later, but this is a good start. I keep my rosemary going over the winter; it’s been outside for a couple of weeks.

I’m giving lavender another try. I’m told this one will be hardy and provide me with relaxing fragrance for years. Here’s hoping. I’ve tried them before and haven’t had much success, but this one looks different and is very fragrant already even in it’s tiny infancy.

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Rhubarb Bonanza

The cool weather has been great for the rhubarb, which is producing lots of lovely stalks that are calling me to bake.  We’ve had rhubarb scones and ginger-rhubarb buckle.  The picture below shows how loaded with rhubarb the buckle was.  The candy-like crumble on the top is laced with crystallized ginger which is delightful with the sour rhubarb.  Yum.

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Things are looking good

Lots of new growth.  Azaleas, heucheras, lamb’s ears, bleeding hearts and painted fern.

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Hostas, Hostas

Hostas

It’s a good thing I love hostas, because I’ve got a lot of shade.  This is a great time for them: they’re lush, green, and nobody’s started eating them yet.

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