Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Solstice: Shorter Garden Days Begin

The first pink poppy of the season opened today  to welcome summer to the garden. It will be followed by many more. The scarlet runner beans are up and will soon be twining up the wire, sporting  red blossoms to tempt  the hummingbirds to come close to the house.

Work to enclose Ed's lilies in cages and netting is ongoing. An occasional glimpse of the Baltimore Oriole reminds us how important this job is to complete.

We finished weeding the onion bed. It's fun to weed in a place where if it isn't an onion out it goes. It's so nice to see the results.  Oops. Yes, we did leave a poppy in the space between the strawberries and the onions. What can I say we're weak.  Our cold wet spring seems to have really favored the onions.

You would think that a deep  stone path would not support plant growth, but it does. Here the hollyhocks and rose campion have created a detour for me and my garden cart. Soon this path will be impenetrable.  We could weed them out but we will not.  The hollyhocks are descendants of a giant that grew here.  They deserve a chance to reach record height.


Kim and Victoria said...

Why are you enclosing the lilies?

Becky said...
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Becky said...

It's the Orioles. If you use the search box at the upper left of the page and search "Baltimore Orioles" you can get the whole story, especially the post called "Circumstantial Evidence"