June 2015

Bee balm, rue, asters, wild strawberry and milkweed in this patch

Bee balm, rue, asters, wild strawberry and milkweed in this patch

Milkweed buds (taken a few weeks ago: its blooming now!)

Milkweed buds (taken a few weeks ago: its blooming now!)

Plein air...

Plein air…

Painting!

Painting!

Little bug with black and white striped antennae on orach

Little bug with black and white striped antennae on orach

Love-in-a-mist...

Love-in-a-mist…

seed pods. Fun to pick and fun to pop; they're like little balloons. Love-in-a-mist is also called Nigella.

seed pods. Fun to pick and fun to pop; they’re like little balloons. Love-in-a-mist is also called Nigella.

Check out this huge earthworm!

Check out this huge earthworm!

Babyzilla...

Babyzilla…

Worm Whisperer

Worm Whisperer

Buds peeking out

Buds peeking out (onion)

Cool wings on this bug

Cool wings on this bug

Teepee view facing south/southwest (this was taken a few weeks ago, now pumpkins are starting to creep up the teepee!)

Teepee view facing south/southwest (this was taken a few weeks ago, now pumpkins are starting to creep up the teepee!)

A ladybug in the mist

A ladybug in the mist

Weeeee...love our swings!

Weeeee…love our swings!

A plum!

A plum!

Tree ID anyone? We were given two of these and the person said they were plum, but they haven't fruited yet.

Tree ID anyone? We were given two of these and the person said they were plum, but they haven’t fruited yet.

Foliage of our mystery tree.

Foliage of our mystery tree.

Loads of garlic seeds (we ate a lot of scapes but also let many go to seed because I love how they look!)

Loads of garlic seeds (we ate a lot of scapes but also let many go to seed because I love how they look!)

I like to think of this as Grant's garlic; because our friends' the Grants gave us a small handful of these garlic seeds years ago. Now we have probably 50lbs of garlic! The garlic is nearly ready to harvest.

I like to think of this as Grant’s garlic; because our friends’ the Grants gave us a small handful of these garlic seeds years ago. Now we have probably 50lbs of garlic! The garlic is nearly ready to harvest. Garlic grows underground but these seedheads grow up.

Pretty orach with dew drops

Pretty orach with dew drops

Marigolds and onions

Marigolds and onions

Onion seed head

Onion seed head

Who needs fireworks?!

Who needs fireworks?!

This was the ONLY time we have watered the garden this year (taken 3 weeks ago). It has rained sooo much which is unusual for summer here in St. Louis.

This was the ONLY time we have watered the garden this year (taken 3 weeks ago). It has rained sooo much which is unusual for summer here in St. Louis.

Lemon Bee Balm

Lemon Bee Balm

Baby is a great running buddy!

Baby is a great running buddy!

See Tonguey?

See Tonguey?

At the pool (the Spy is still at camp; we miss him!!)

At the pool a few weeks agoΒ (the Spy is still at camp; we miss him!!)

Baby especially misses her brother!

Baby especially misses her brother! He returns from camp this weekend!

Highlights and Stripes

Highlights and Stripes

Baby (on the left) at Forest School in Squirrely Garden

Baby (on the left) at Forest School in Squirrely Garden

Thyme at this angle reminds me of one of those Magic Eye pictures

Thyme at this angle reminds me of one of those Magic Eye pictures

Garden panorama (taken from the garden "living room")

Garden panorama (taken from the garden “living room”)

Dexie prancing through the garden (picture taken June 28th, 2015)

Dexie prancing through the garden (picture taken June 28th, 2015)

And on to July! Hope you all are having a nice summer!

6 thoughts on “June 2015

  1. Eliza Waters

    Loving your photos – so many beautiful plants and ‘Zilla is a great subject as well. I bet she really does miss her brother! She is his little sidekick. :-)
    Your mystery tree looks more like a peach than a plum because the leaves are narrow, whereas plums are generally more rounded. Maybe its a hybrid like a plucot. Pruning (thinning) out the excess branches, leaving just a handful of the strongest branches might stimulate bloom/fruit. Maybe spread a little wood ash and bonemeal around the base and scratch into soil, water it in so the animals won’t be so interested in it. Good luck!
    Have a great 4th!

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  2. narf77

    “Casual artiste” should be babies new name. Love the relaxed artistic approach that she has to her latest creation. Reminiscent of Gauguin if you ask me but then who wouldn’t be inspired in Spy Garden eh? Not plum. Look more like a peachy leaf but the growth habit doesn’t look like a peach or nectarine. Not sure, I guess you are going to have to wait a bit longer till they set fruit. Could be a cherry? If they are growing like topsy, my best bet is cherries. They certainly aren’t plums though, that much I know. It’s been weird weather worldwide lately. It got to 36.7C at Heathrow airport in London yesterday and we had a really cold winter burst (for us) of -3C and frost here on Serendipity Farm which is rare. Count yourself lucky for the rain. We had a summer like that last year and even though I had to water, the weather didn’t get hot and we really only had a month of true summer weather. I think our winter is over after a month as the daffodils are officially out so that means it must be spring…right?!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      hmmm “Casual Artiste” I like it! I love how kids are so relaxed in creativity. One of my favorite quotes about art is by Picassso that goes something along the lines of “we are all artists but the trick is maintaining the creativity as we age”. The tree may be a pear. Which would make sense since no blooms yet (and I believe pears are a later season fruit). Well I at least hope they are SOME type of fruit! Yes, we are so fortunate to have rain. Of all the gardening activities, watering has always been my least favorite so I am really blessed this year! Makes me wish I had some type of cistern/rain collection rig like you do in Sanctuary! Thanks for the comments as always, I really do so appreciate them ;)

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