6.20.11 Garden Update: June Bloom

Sage and lavender 790 xxx
photos by gluttonforlife
I've been so busy with my hands in the dirt, I haven't had a chance to share with you everything that's coming to life in the garden. After a ton of rain, a couple of sweltering days and lots more rain, we've had a few temperate days with a decent amount of sun that have finally given the plants just what they need to flourish. G is still crabbing around the yard with lightning speed and a ferocious determination to do more than his fair share. He is a sight to behold. And so is the garden. Without further ado, my friends, here are a few highlights of what's busting out in June. (Above is an incredibly happy tangle of sage and lavender, both of them highly fragrant and sprouting little purple flowers.)
Basil 790 xxx
it's crazy satisfying to have an enormous pot of basil right outside the kitchen
Angelica 790 xxx
the angelica is sky high with long spikes topped with gorgeous round flowers
Blue cohosh1 790 xxx
blue cohosh is a natural contraceptive used by native americans
Chard 790 xxx
we've got lots of chard and collards and will start kale later from seed
Lettuce 790 xxx
the lettuce appreciates the cool mornings and evenings
Shiso 790 xxx
this year all three shiso plants are thriving
Mint 790 xxx
and the new mint patch is totally rampant
Horehound 790 xxx
the horehound patch is also lush; i'll brew this for tea if  get a sore throat
Rue 790 xxx
rue is a strong-smelling medicinal herb associated with lots of controversial folklore
Patchouli 790 xxx
crush the leaves of this patchouli plant and you can inhale the familiar hippie scent
Johnny jump up 790 xxx
the rabbit has been nibbling the sweet blossoms of the johnny jump-ups
Honeysuckle 790 xxx
a native red honeysuckle attracts the butterflies and hummingbirds
Cosmo 790 xxx
comos are about the only annuals we planted this year
Glutton2 790 xxx
once in a while the glutton actually cleans up and does a little entertaining
I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shout-out to Silver Heights Farm (they also have a stand at the Union Square farmers market in New York City) and to Catskill Native Nursery for their bountiful and thoughtful selections of organic and native plants and heirloom varieties. Here's to your toes in the dirt and your head in the clouds!


Finally, photos! Like the last one the best. Xo, j
Jennie on June 21, 2011 at 8:21 am —
You clean up real nice, L!
Vetivresse on June 22, 2011 at 10:24 am —
Love your silver hair! It's beautiful. You look so happy and full of life. Happiness exudes from your photo. Shout-out to George. Happy harvesting...
Bill Lutz on June 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm —
you look beautiful : )..I love your blog. it's magical
Kristen on June 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm —
Thanks, Kristen! Please invite your friends. I need more kind readers like you!
laura on June 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm —
Happiness is the way, Bill!
laura on June 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm —