Six on Saturday-June 30 ’18

Lavender 6-30-18  1) The heat of summer has arrived in full force, releasing the perfume of the Lavender Slope and carrying it on the westerly breezes into the potager.  It’s during heat advisory days like today that I’m glad I no longer have 7,000 lavender plants to harvest, but just the 65 on my little Lavender Slope.  Sadly, I still have not spied a single honeybee this season and they used to come by the tens of thousands when the lavender bloomed.  I think there are lavender scones in my future!   2)  The warmth of the sun has also ripened the first tomato of the season.  Tomato Sun Sugar  It looks large here, but it was actually a cherry-type, “Sun Sugar” which D (the tomato lover in our household) declared well-named.  To have a ripe tomato before the 4th of July is a cause for celebration in our area, so I’m pleased.  Soon we’ll be deluged with them!  Despite the heat and humidity, the final two tasks that were on the “May To-Do” list were finished at last.  3)  The little asparagus patch finally received its blanket of mulch.  Asparagus 6-30-18  Only 8 of the 10 roots planted survived, but considering the lack of rain in April and May, and the fact that they were planted outside the potager and far from any hose reaching, that’s not too bad.  4) The Cutting Garden finally was planted, obviously later than I’d planned but earlier than last year when it was first started.  Cutting Garden 6-30-18  Most of the perennials: rudbeckia, mums, shasta daisies & daylilies came through the winter.  A handful of the sprinkled seeds of larkspur and cornflowers germinated and are blooming, and hopefully will self-seed for next year.  The blue salvia and tall verbenas came back in good numbers.  Mostly this year, “Inca” zinnias and “Peach Passion” sunflowers were added, with a few celosia, pumpkin-on-a-stick, tithonias, and gomphrenas.  At least now  the “May” job list can be tossed.  Think we’ll just mark out “June” and rename it the “July” list…sigh!  5) In the potager’s interior border, which is a lively mixture of herbs, edible flowers and a few vegetables, the first of the new dahlias is opening.  It’s a luscious soft orange called “Sylvia” from Brent & Becky’s Bulbs.  I think I’ll need lots more of them!  Maybe several for the Cutting Garden next year as well.  Dahlia Sylvia   And lastly, 6) the bounty from the potager has reached the stage where we can’t eat it all fresh, so the canning season has begun.  Canning 6-30-18  So far, just beans and pickled beets, but another canner of beans will be done today.  The freezer is already filled with strawberries, black raspberries, peas, broccoli, snow peas, and aspabroc.  A second freezer is under consideration…..  These are the six things from the potager and gardens that are making me smile on this final Saturday in June.

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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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10 Responses to Six on Saturday-June 30 ’18

  1. Mala Burt says:

    I haven’t seen honey bees this year either. I’m in the mid-Atlantic region. Troubling.

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  2. bcparkison says:

    I would be smiling too with this garden, but no bees…not good.

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  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Other bloggers have said they’ve not seen bees in their garden. It’s very worrying. Your garden looks very healthy and productive, though.


  4. Robin says:

    Very impressive! 🙂

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  5. I’ve seen some honeybees out here on the West coast, here’s hoping your bee populations recover soon! Also, thanks to your post I had to look up the word “potager.” Love it! 🙂


    • carolee says:

      So glad someone is seeing honeybees! Potager is more a style of gardening than a look. I’ve adopted it because I can produce 2-3 times the produce in half the space and with MUCH less work. Very little weeding and because crops come and go so quickly, it never gets too scraggly or bug-ridden.

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  6. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I am fascinated by the difference between your growing conditions and mine in West Wales. You have very cold weather much later but then it heats up faster. I allow a local beekeeper couple to keep several hives in my garden so have lots of pollinators luckily. Thay even pay me “rent” – as much honey as I want and a large bottle of gin!


    • carolee says:

      Wow! That a good deal! Yes, it seems for the past few years spring just jumps into hot summer with very little transition although 3 years ago we had a lovely, long spring when the bulbs lasted and lasted. I wish we could overwinter crops like fava beans, but it’s just not possible.

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