Just as these are strange times, these are a strange selection of “Six on Saturday” photos. Not related, but as I ventured around the gardens on this second Saturday in June these are the things that stood out as crossing points, or attention getters in my mind for what may seem to you indecipherable reasons.
- Strawberry Jam, notable because this is the first food preservation of the 2020 season. Up to this point, we’ve eaten all the potager’s bounty fresh from the garden, or given it to friends. There’s something very satisfying about preserving food from one’s garden, knowing that it is available, just waiting on the pantry shelf, without requiring a mask to get it.
2) It must be June, the elder is in bloom! If I had to move tomorrow, this elder would be the plant I’d miss most. It’s drizzling this morning, or I’d be picking bloom clusters to make elderflower cordial, and even after ample harvest of blooms, there will still be plenty of berries later for batches and batches of jelly. Even in the moistness, the fragrance is tantalizing.
3) Cauliflower “Minute Man” is suddenly 6″ in diameter. Just after taking this photo, I folded the large leaf at 10:00 position over the head to keep it blanched. Won’t be long until harvest now. Cauliflower can be tricky in the best of years, and this year certainly can’t be classified as belonging in that “best” category, unless it’s nominated for “Best Year to Stay Home.”
4) Tradescantia “White Doll”, just planted this late spring from Fieldstone Perennials, and it’s already happily blooming under the walnut trees in the Front Island. I wanted more white in this shady area, and hopefully this will spread nicely (and not turn into that ugly magenta color that many spiderworts become over time.) It’s a nice, compact short one, and I think I really like it!
5) Daylily “Bumblebee” has announced the beginning of the daylily season, which I hope will be extended by the new “late” daylilies added last autumn. It’s always comforting to see the daylily season begin, and most of the established plants are loaded with buds already, promising lots of color in the weeks to come. It’s being crowded a bit by the milkweed that is gradually grabbing more and more territory, but I leave it because the monarchs need it.
6) Penstemon “Gold Leaf”…no, your eyes are not deceiving you…the leaves are definitely NOT gold. However, this is the only survivor from an entire packet of seeds ordered last year. Only a couple of the seedlings were indeed gold-leaved, but neither of them, nor any of the others except this lone plant survived the winter. I’m disappointed, of course, but the flowers on this plant are white with a very pale lavender tinge, and the bees and hummingbirds seem to love it, so it will stay for now in the South Island.
So that’s my six offerings for this week. I bet you can find six things of interest in your garden as well. If so, join the meme hosted by The Propagator, and click on the link to visit there to see lots of other SOS posts.