High Summer Sunflowers fill the vase barely leaving room for echinacea, wild daisy, salvia and black eye Susan.
These are the days I dream of in the mid winter when pouring over seed catalogs and gazing out over the snow covered fields. Sweet summer sunshine daydreams…
This week in the vase are Tricolor salvia , the last poppy buds, Zeolight calendula, baby’s breath, echinacea, self seeded larkspur and sunflowers.
Welcome to the July garden. Sunlight, warmth and water are what the plants have been craving and they are thriving. Jacqui-cat is looking for some petting as she gingerly steps between the marigolds and the King Richard leeks.
Top Hat open pollinated corn is a seed crop this year. I am concerned about seed availability next spring and want to have as many seeds as I can produce for next years food crops. If you are interested in how to “de-hybridize” an F1 crop, here is an interesting story of how Top Hat was selected from Tuxedo corn.
Greens, beans and ganja. We eat a lot of greens. I try plant rolling patches to keep us in ready supply, moving from spinach to chard to bok choy and back to spinach again in the fall. This year I am planting an overwintering greens garden. I have often had unintentional early spring goodness from the newly emerging garden and believe it will work well to plant on the other side of the calendar.
The garden tour ends in the Prelude raspberry row. We have been rewarded with a bumper crop to graze on. They haven’t made it to the jam pot or freezer yet! I need to find a place outside of the vegetable garden so they have enough room to spread into a true raspberry patch. I would love to see your mid July garden photos! What delights you in your garden?
Self seeded sunflowers were planted the year my daughter married. She asked me to grow sunflowers for her. It was a magnificent season, the garden burst with lemon, yellow and maroon sunflowers from July through September. I let them grow and leave them for the birds now. Every summer I am delighted again and send photos to my daughter. A legacy of love.
Shasta Daisy was planted three years ago and is happy in the corner spot of the garden. I like the way the white and yellow petals balance each other .
Tricolor Salvia is a favorite of mine in bouquets. It is subtle but adds color and shape to the mix.
Mint fills the room with its aroma and gives the house a pleasant undertone.
Purple Clover, Meadow Daisy, and Black Eyed Susan all perennial flowers returning every summer to dance in the field with the wind.