Monday, June 4, 2012

May's Garden Speaks Volumes

At this time of year we are normally working a little less and enjoying the garden more, but this year's March snow storm set us back considerably. Compounding that cleanup, which is still not complete, we built a run for our chickens, are now mulching the flower beds, continuing to trim, and of course the vegetable garden has top priority.

But in the midst of all of that we are encircled with blossoms and fragrance and beauty that keep us grounded. And since I've strained a few hip muscles (should be back at it in a few days), it has given me an opportunity to take a little time and share some of our month of May with you... so few words, but it speaks volumes.

Erysimum linifolium


Erysimum and Melianthus major
Acer schirasawanan Autumn Moon
Davidia involucrata

Apple blossoms_4 May 2012

The girls at 8 weeks
Malus 'Prairifire'
Picea abies 'Mountain Dew

Tiggy, our rescued feral, overseeing the garden

"Guarding my oat grass"
Black-headed Grosbeak
9 weeks old
Paeonia suffruticosa, Chinese Tree Peony

Syringa vulgaris ‘Ludwig Spaeth’
Spinach and lettuce 'Merlot'
"hm ... there is a good looker in the mirror"

Rhododendron 'Lee's Dark Purple'


north side of the garden


Brassica oleracea (brussel sprouts)
first cabbage head forming
I. germanica 'Portrait of Laurie'


C. 'Nellie Moser'

Picea abies 'Mountain Dew'

Picea pungens 'Montgomery'

Laburnum anagyroides (Golden Chain Tree)

Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'


"I pretty much rule"

Zelda, our Silver-laced Wyandotte
Rosa rugosa
Allium and Athyrium niponicum (Japanese Painted Fern)
Solanum lycopersicum 'Prudens Purple' blossom
Astrantia 'Ruby Wedding'
C. 'H.F. Young'
the last 3 Cucurbits into the garden
End of the day and Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit'