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.