In the middle of the worst winter in a bazillion years, my partner and I decided we had to partake in an introductory insanely cheap flight to Scotland. Problem is we could only get tickets for July, prime gardening time. But winter will do crazy things to you and we bought the tickets. Now having just returned, the garden overflows and I have done nothing but weed for the past week. Oh, and harvest.
Broccoli, lettuce, kale, and garlic scapes harvested the first afternoon we were home from our trip.
Lettuce, beans, and kale, oh my!
Carrots, parsnips, beets in the front bed; lettuce and beans in the next. There’s a bed of broccoli down there, corn, garlic, sunchokes; onions, leeks, and more garlic over in the top right corner. Click the pic to see better.
One of the heads of broccoli.
One of 2 beds of garlic. Scapes have all been harvested, garlic soon to be.
Never having grown currants before, I’m not sure when I should pick them. At least one robin has been checking them out but hasn’t touched them yet.
The oregano has gone crazy. Lots of different pollinators appear to love crazy when it comes to the herbs but I think I’ll be cutting it back severely come fall.
And speaking of pollinators, what would a garden be without flowers…
Rudbeckia. This is always swarming with bees.
Beebalm. Beloved by both hummingbirds and bees.
I just planted this Clematis maybe 6 weeks ago, nothing more than a few little twigs. I wasn’t even sure it would bloom this year.
The majestic Filipendula.
Astilbe, given to me by my friend, Ed. I have another one out front under which wasps built a nest last year. Here’s to them staying away this year.
Teasel. I’m not crazy about it because it’s so hard to deal with but the bees love it and I’m all about keeping the bees happy.
And speaking of bees, I’ll let this one, sucking on the comfrey, have the last word.