The September marsh is ablaze with goldenrod and sumac. There’s a golden theme this week.
1. Caryopteris. Abuzz with pollen-packed bees.
2. Clematis durandii, perfectly blue with sunshine yellow centres.
3. Jerusalem artichoke or sunchokes; marsh wildings stealing space from Japanese anemones.
4. Golden Bantam corn. The rabbit missed a few.
5. Butternut squash.
6. Golden fleshed first gleaning of Laratte and Desiree potatoes.
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Since I moved to my Massachusetts garden I have lived with 3 seasons. Winter, Summer and my favourite season of all, Plenty. From September until Thanksgiving or sometimes even New Year we enjoy plenty of sunshine, rain, work, harvesting, and celebrations. Plenty has started early this year, I’m not sure whether that’s a good sign or not. On to the first six of the season.
1. State Fair apple. My first apple from the latest work in progress at the long neglected back of the property. I’m hoping for a very low maintenance orchard/ food forest. Time will tell…
2. Cornelian Cherries. Gleaming jewels of the food forest. Mostly enjoyed by the birds, I should add. It makes the few they overlook seem more precious.
3. Onion Harvest. Alisa Craig has done me proud this year. I’ll definitely be going the no-dig route again next year. Now comes the challenge of winter storage.
4. 4. Ramial chips. Free mulch from a heavily pruned recalcitrant crab-apple. Note the abandoned robin’s nest right at the top of what’s left of the tree.
5. Soft Lighting. I just love the way the sun, lower now on the horizon, peeks through this magnolia, highlights the lime green of new rose growth beyond the shade and scatters tiny sun puddles on the bricks below.
6. ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea, aging gracefully. I’m fond of the mop-heads but have way too many. I like to use the dried flowers in holiday bouquets and wreaths. My little demi-lune table is also aging, not so gracefully! That’s all for this week. Lots of pruning, planting and sowing to do before the 4 letter word beginning with S arrives.
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Summer is suddenly here. Hot and humid. Gardening must be done early to avoid the heat and mosquitoes. Tasks need to be broken into small, manageable segments or there is overheating and tantrums.
Six things on this ‘dangerously hot’ Saturday that make me smile. 1. Prune. Before the heatwave my big old rose Cuisse de Nymphe had a major renovation prune in order to keep it in check but also to remove a lot of fossilised old wood from the base.
Here’s the pile of clippings waiting to be chipped up on a cooler day. I hope to promote stronger young growth that won’t flop around so much. The thorns are evil, especially when they get you in the scalp as you meander by with a cup of coffee at daybreak.
2. Plant. I have been trying to extend my flowering season into summer. These Shasta daisies and gaura should complement the hydrangeas in the hottest months.
3. Sow. I don’t direct sow many things as we have a very strong critter contingent, but these Shirley and opium poppies are exceptions I would never be without.
4. Harvest. Surprisingly Winter Density lettuce continues despite the heat. The first blueberries of the season. The birds start screaming at me the minute I open the netting to harvest the berries.
5. Grow. An experimental Charentais melon in a big pot. Growing at a rapid rate up the bannister of my deck stairs. Lots of flowers but so far no melons.
6. Bloom. I try to get as much blue as possible in my gardens. I leave you with this lovely Endless Summer/Nigella damascena combination.
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It is the second night of Passover and Easter Saturday. All reasons to be cheerful.
It is also a full moon. I wish I knew or could retain more of the lore and legend surrounding the Spring holidays. My Six this week just celebrate the magic.
1. From the Passover Seder. Parsley, representing springtime and all it promises. It is in the ground this week and in 2 more weeks will be ready to be sampled!
2. Horseradish, the bitter herb, a reminder of hardship. This one is still very small and might be a dock! I’m not sure, but if it is horseradish it will be harvested for Rosh Hashana in the Autumn.
3. For certain, Easter peas. Sown on St Patrick’s Day (indoors of course) and planted on Good Friday according to (my) tradition. One row each of Lincoln & Topps. To be supplemented by more sowings outdoors. When I get around to it. I love peas.
4. Bloodroot, which has blood red sap. Seems symbolic of all the needless bloodshed and sacrifice that Spring holidays stand for….
5. Simple Daffodils. For me, the best harbingers of Spring. These are probably Ice Follies, or Mount Hood. They look to be ready for dividing. add that to the endless to-do list!
6. The white birds were one of my reasons for starting this blog. They arrive like tourists from a cruise ship in spring and congregate for their departure at the first threat of frost. They are back for the season. The male on the left has his ‘glad-rags’ on and is all ready for date night. She doesn’t look too sure….
I am catching up to the rest of you. I do have tulips already. I wait so long for early spring that I don’t want to move on to the next phase too quickly. Tulips can wait until next time.
Enjoy your week!
Prune, plant, sow, harvest, mow, bloom, feed, grow…
1. Prune. Its what I do mostly. Here’s last week’s pile o’ pruning, mostly brambles and holly. Roses next.
2. Plant. All unidentified ‘misc’ bulbs I hoarded over the winter and carefully potted up to see what they were, turned out to be – garlic!! Duly planted next to my October planted garlic.
3. Sow. Self sown Pushkinia. In every corner and crevice. Smelling strongly of gumdrops. Buzzing with bees and other assorted pollinators. Reminds me I need to get on with sowing annual flowers for summer and fall.
4. Bloom. Cornus mas is the 🌟 this week. Along with many Squill, Narcissus, Hellebore and Mr Magnolia. Terrible photo, great tree…
5. Feed. Homemade holly and bramble ramial chip mulch for my raspberry section.
6. Oh no! Here’s a charming little nest I found among the cut branches. I think it belonged to a pair of American robins. They have plenty of time to rebuild. This will be my last major pruning job for the spring so as not to disturb any more nests.
Spring is here at last. It is still cold, but everything is growing. Each trip around the garden brings something new and wonderful at this time of year.
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