Peony Festiva Maxima with Siberian Iris Gay ButterfliesThis past month- yes it's been an entire month since my last post- has been a month full of gardening. I know that comes as no surprise to you my faithful readers. The roses and peonies have been the highlight of our garden over these past weeks. First this vigorous apricot climber, named Crepuscule- horrible sounding- though it means twilight in French, was in it's glory for about 2 weeks. It stretches across 30 feet of the fence, 15 feet in both directions from its base. The only thing that would make it more glorious would be if it were more fragrant, but I'm not complaining.
This rose starts out pink and mellows to apricot
Niche Gardens is the Lonicera (honeysuckle) Goldflame. It's mop top of multicolored fragrant blooms crowned the top of the entrance gate for many weeks and is just now shedding onto the walkway below.
I also planted cucumbers, squash, beans, basil and sweet potatoes. Still need to set out the peppers and eggplants and then we will be pretty well set for summer. I just love having a garden that I can walk out into and ponder dinner or run to for a green onion, bunch of cilantro or handful of spinach for the morning omelet or dinner tacos. It's work to keep it all going and there are days when I question our sanity in growing such a big garden, but most of the time, I'm grateful to be able to have this spot of earth where I can enjoy the green of plants, the blue of the sky and feel the sun that nourishes my body and the plants that feed us.