Sunday, June 12, 2011

June Garden


Time for a little walk around the garden. The June garden in Oregon, before the weather turns sultry and the dry season is upon us. Yes, believe it or not it gets dry in the summertime. We like to say that's what saves Oregon's bacon.

While I'm in the house sitting at the computer, making videos, editing videos and doing business tasks, John is outdoors making the world blossom and grow. He is the most nurturing person I've ever met, man or woman. He treats his seedlings better than most of us treat ourselves.

He is the soul of patience. Oh wait. That song "Don't Advertise Your Man" just drifted through my memory. I'll stop. I'll try to be quiet and just show you the garden.

We have taters. Nicely growing within their little boxed in bed. They look happy.

The roses and rhodies co-existing peacefully, each showcasing the beauty of the other.

Lots of garlic. Soft necked and hard necked. John says the soft necked stores longer even though the catalogs say the opposite.

The strawberries are on their way. This one is now in my belly. :-D


The cherries will ripen in time for July desserts. My sister has a July birthday and we always celebrated it with cherry pie instead of cake.

Red Ribbons. Such a low growing, stickery little girl but I accept her as she is for the redness of her blossoms. They speak to me of passion, gypsies and dark longing.

Big fat onion. 

Plums on the way. Promises everywhere. The earth is generous.

This is John's new corn planting method which I describe as genius. He cut the bottoms out of the planting containers and planted 3 or 4 seeds in each one. The soil inside is lower than the surrounding soil.

So that during the droughty months of summer the pots will hold the water in longer. And the roots go out the bottom. I'll keep you posted; this is a first year experiment.

The purloined rose. Dont know the real name. Snatched off a bush in the country growing wild about 10 years ago. It's enormous now. Very fragrant.

One of the wascally wabbits that drive John crazy. They are soooo cute though.

Mountain Bluett.

The cozy little cloche. Mostly to keep the seedlings from drowning but also it keeps them warm in our cool spring climate.

Corsican mint. I have this underfoot everywhere. When you walk on it, crush it, the scent is divine.

Buff Beauty. Fragrant. I will not have a rose that doesn't smell wonderful. That is their job.

The old grapevines with rhubarb growing underneath. We have 7 varieties of grapes now or there abouts.

Golden Showers.

The black fig. John planted more fig trees this week. We love our figs.

Another color of rhody.

This is a special cloche that contains a bean trellis and carrot seedlings. The wire fence is to keep the bunnies out. 

Looking inside that cloche at the beans and carrots.

Cecile Brunner is taking over the world. I keep hacking her back and she just grows all the faster.


John's lusty garlic. Nearly ready now. When the 2nd leaf up starts to dry out we harvest.

Kathleen. The bees love this. I gotta feed the bees with all the wax I use.


Volunteer Brunia lettuce. Yeah, probably spelled that wrong.

Onions going to seed. Holy it is. All of it.

More rhody.

We loves our fava beans.

Yet more rhody.

mmmm. Artichokey.

You know what this is.

One last stroll through the walnut orchard. Now let's go sit on the porch and have a lemonade. Thanks for stopping by. xo


Pattio said...

WoW! Your garden is so lush and bountiful! Thanks for all the pictures you posted. It was a grand tour. :)


femminismo said...

Lovely! All of the veggies and flowers look well on their way to a satisfying summer. I have a lilywort on my page, but I think I might be calling it the wrong name. If you have time you might advise me. It's the blue flower ... the "first" blue flower (on the page). thanks! Enjoy the sunshine. - Jeanne

Clare Wassermann said...

That garden is astounding. There's enough to feed an army (of vegetarians) - I think your fava beans are what I call broad beans? Anyway you will be so healthy with all of that inside you. Soul food indeed!!

Janet Ghio said...

What a fabulous beautiful garden!! I wish i was a wabbit in your garden!!

Kim Mailhot said...

Oh so beautiful ! What an amazing variety you have. Makes me want to come for supper one night and never leave ! ;)
I have never seen an artichoke growing beofre. I love those veggies so much.
Happy sipping and much love !

Healing Woman said...

Beautiful! Please show the corn mid summer so we can see the progress on this innovative idea. Wow.

Jennifer White said...

after getting your email earlier, I was going to reply back and tell you that I was jonesin' for some garden shots from you....someday, Judy... I so want to visit your garden! xo

jill nalette said...

amazingly gorgeous!! looks as though you don't have to go food shopping. you've even got flowers for the center of your table.

enjoy the beauty thats happening outside your doorstep.

love, hugs + smiles~ jill

~Barb~ said...

Oh yes, pour me a lemonade, please...this was so wonderful. I am a huge lover of gardens and gardening which is totally stifled now that we live in an apartment (for now) but I am living vicariously through you! Figs! I adore figs. Heck, I love all fruits and veggies although I have never had fava beans. Guess I really should try them, huh?
Thank you for the beautiful post...I actually thing it calmed me, just meandering through here with you. :)
Peace & Love,

Meri said...

So bursting with promise and growth!

Dawn said...

I always love your garden posts! We have a garden, but you make a science out of it. So awesome.

misty said...

soooo very beautiful.

if there is such a thing as paradise on earth i would have to say you two have found it least in the sweet months of spring & summer... ;)
art, beauty, food, love, laughter, it's right there...and you share it with all of us here... thank you.

Anonymous said...

I loved the tour through your garden. How wicked of you to show us that strawberry, teasing us, only to find out it was in already your belly! Your photography skills are wonderful and your husband is awesome also I would never have guessed that was a peach :)

Stephanie Lee said...

I never tire of pictures of your garden. never ever. Do you know that it was pictures just like these a few years back that broke my heart in the way it needed to be broken open? Did you know that it made me know you were my kinda people? Did you know it changed the way I prioritize my life? No joke. It is just proof that there is no sharing so small and insignificant that it can't change the course of a reader's path somewhere, somehow.
I love you and John and the energy you reap and sow.

lilasvb said...

beautifull garden, i love it

CDfolia said...

I can confirm that John's new planting method works, I used it as a way of keeping horestails from overwhelming plants when they were new and it had the added benefit of making them easier to keep moist on my clay soil that bakes in summer.

Any chance you might list your planys on the Folia garden tracking and journalling website (it's free). Here's an invite: It open on my own folia page so you can see how it works, then click via the menu at the top if you want to join. It lets you list your plants, seed stashes, harvests, and has journals that you can link to individual plants, areas etc. to keep track of your garden.

And you certainly have a great garden to track, I'm still in awe of your huge fava bean plot - my sole container of Borlotti Beans got munched to shreds by the slugs last week so I'm keen for more successful bean growers to be on Folia so I can learn from their wisdom!

Laura Twiford said...

I love walking through your garden each year, I envy your lush surroundings! It has gotten so hot here so fast everything is clinging to life and we water and move sprinklers from here to there in an effort to revive everything.

gina armfield said...

you are your own self sustaining little farm! Impressive and lovely!

Ruth Armitage said...

Thanks for the photographic visit to your Eden! I sent several people to your site this weekend for the encaustic classes... hope some stick!

Laura said...

Just where I needed to spend a little time today.

Judi Delgado said...

Ok, Judy - that's it. You are sunk now. I am coming for a visit - set out my cot (I'll sleep in the orchard if I must :-)

Anonymous said...

truly magical i love it all and wish i could have a spot of land with all those things growing - and I'm not even a foodie!

Nancy Natale said...

Beautiful and very well groomed garden! Much praise to John for all his hard work, experimentation and innovation! I have grown just about every variety of rose you named although that was in my former garden. I particularly loved Kathleen because of its simplicity and wonderful perfume. Lovely views of everything. I'm dying to know how the corn experiment goes.

Rose K said...

Your husband is amazing!! thank you for sharing, and keep us posted,,,

Blenda Tyvoll said...

Oh my goodness! Your garden is absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the tour. xoblenda