• Last day of June in the garden

    by  • July 2, 2015 • Garden, Summer • 1 Comment

    What I’m REALLY doing in the garden…last day of June

    I just came in from an hour out in the garden! Yep, from 6:30am to now, I puttered in the garden doing what I call ‘watering as needed.’

    Lamb's ears, good indicator plants

    Lamb’s ears, good indicator plants

    Lamb’s ears are a good ‘indicator plant’ for watering and when this VERY hardy plant droops, you know it is VERY dry in that area. I have a small patch of Lamb’s ears in many places in the garden, at little cost since you just lay down the seed heads where you want more the next year.

    Starring plants and flowers this month

    Cupflower, or Nierembergia

    Cupflower, or Nierembergia

     

    California Buckwheat, or Eriogonum fasciculatum foliolosum

    California Buckwheat, or Eriogonum fasciculatum foliolosum

     

    Chaste trees, or Vitex agnus-castus

    Chaste trees, or Vitex agnus-castus

     

    The veg garden

    The Ranch Gate Garden

    The Ranch Gate Garden

     

    Tomatoes, planted in straw

    Tomatoes, planted in straw

     

    New Project

    An area to spiff up between the cultivated or watered garden and the natural meadow. We sit here often to look at our view of the mountain.

    An area to spiff up between the cultivated or watered garden and the natural meadow. We sit here often to look at our view of the mountain.

    In the picture above,…this is the area I’m working on at the moment, spiffing it up to make it even MORE pleasant to sit here. I rearranged the rocks to make a better semi-circle and add some succulents in three hollow logs I have collected from other places in the garden. I post ‘after’ pictures in an update!

    Swan River Daisy, Brachyscome is blooming now

    Swan River Daisy, Brachyscome is blooming now

    Brachyscome is sure a survivor in the late June garden.  I’m surprised at how lush it looks with so little water.  Hundreds of periwinkle blue flowers on this cushiony plant!

    Turns out I also weeded a bit this day, and clipped down a few plants that have bloomed out, all the time vowing, AGAIN, to come out and thoroughly ‘go over’ one small area each day to REALLY get the garden looking pretty as possible. Do you do that?  I’ll let you know if I ever succeed, but until then….

    So,…what will be your next thing to do in the garden? What are you really doing?  ~~ Sue

    About

    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    One Response to Last day of June in the garden

    1. Cheryl
      July 7, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      how do you keep the star thistle & “burr” weeds down & out ?

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