106. Garden Tour – First Day of Summer

We have been blessed with both sun and rain in good measure, so the garden is growing great. This is a picture-heavy post – no deep thoughts here, except to say:

Nothing brings more peace and meditation to my day than sitting or crouching in the garden, weeding, for an hour or so. The birds are diverse, and their songs and activities make my serotonin levels surge. Fortunately for me, there is no shortage of weeds to offer me those daily opportunities for quiet contemplation.

There are also garden pests – it seems like a new one pops up in profusion each year.

Pulvinaria acericola (cottony maple leaf scale)

Pulvinaria acericola (cottony maple leaf scale)

Tomato plants chomped on by deer

Tomato plants chomped on by deer

Unidentified greenhouse pest damage

Unidentified greenhouse pest damage

But right now is the best time in the garden. Here’s a shot of my medicinal garden.

and rooftop garden:

I have started to harvest raspberries:

The new beehive:

(The digging in the upper left of the photo above is the beginning of our Hugelkultur bed. We’re filling it with wood/log green waste, and our compost and mulch on top. It will require no watering all summer, adding to our existing xeriscaped yard.)

We have a small orchard beside the studio, with a frost peach, two apple trees, and raspberries. The deer broke into the fence, and did some damage, but I caught it early. This is not a great photo, but it’s hard to get a view:

Tireside garden

Tireside garden

and a bunch of other shots:

herb tower on deck

herb tower on deck

cucumbers in greenhouse

cucumbers in greenhouse

Mason bee condo

Mason bee condo

granny's roses

granny’s roses

I hope you enjoyed the garden tour at This Green House. Seeing it all in one post makes me appreciate our garden anew.

Sharing with these lovely parties:

Sunny Simple Life, Life on Lakeshore Drive, Over the Moon, Amaze Me Monday, June Garden Party with Friends, Coastal Charm, Cozy Little House (FEATURED!), Talented Tuesday, Savvy Southern Style (FEATURED!), Creative Muster Party, DIY By Design, Simple Nature Decor, Rooted in Thyme (FEATURED!), Hometalk #LandscapeLove

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “106. Garden Tour – First Day of Summer

  1. I love your use of stonework throughout the garden ~ especially that stream/waterfall!

  2. Amazing growth and everything has settled in and become even more ‘home’. Wonderful what time, hard work, a lot of planning and planting and garden care can turn into. Hugs.
    Joy

  3. This is pure delight and a gardener’s paradise! I enjoyed my visit so much.
    Thank you for sharing this today at the garden party!
    Jemma

  4. You have done a fabulous job. I love your rooftop garden. What a bountiful harvest. Your raised patio area is fabulous and I feel the same way about time in the garden. Thanks for sharing with the garden party.
    hugs,
    Jann

  5. I’ve never seen your blog before and it’s marvelous – thank you! The photos of your gardens are just superb and look like they’re also fun. Just great and congrats on all the wonderful (and hard) work you’ve put on doing these gardens.

  6. Beautiful – maintaining all these gardens must take SO MUCH WORK! Congrats on a beautiful job – LOVE the bee condo! :)

    • Thank you, Katie. Believe it or not, I have designed the gardens to be relatively easy to maintain. Apart from the fruit and vegetable gardens, the whole yard is xeriscaped, so I seldom have to water them, if ever. There is always weeding, but I actually enjoy that, and have areas in the yard that are allowed to go wild for bee forage. Also, against the advice of most professional landscapers, some walkways and beds are covered in landscape fabric and mulch, which reduces the amount of some of our worst weeds – invasive blackberry and horsetail, which come from below. Harvest season takes a lot of work, dealing with all the produce at once, but I’m not complaining about that.

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