Each year I like to post at least one tour of my garden to have record of the growth, changes, improvements, and setbacks. This one is early June, still technically spring time, although it can be one of the hottest months of the year.
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The June Garden
I always like to start with the first photo I took of the backyard when we moved here a few years ago:
and the same view from last summer:
Now, lets’ have a look around.
The Shed is Expecting!
I finally made the giant bird nest I have been wanting to make for years. I used a bunch of pruned tree branches and some giant, plastic Easter eggs to make this kind of silly yet delightful piece of garden art. And sorry if I spoiled it and you thought those were real eggs. The free instructions are here.
As always, I’m rocking the trash finds.
I have 3 wren families nesting right now and, wow, those kids are noisy.
Is it possible to enjoy weeding? I think so. Here’s my best tips.
The thrift shop chandelier finally found its place in the garden as an orange feeder for the orioles. (They approve.)
Proven Winners kindly sent me a beautiful selection of annuals and perennials including these lovely pink and white Supertunias.
I’ve got all these plant containers tucked away in this area until the Mystery Project is done. It’s taking up a big part of the garden right now and it is a mess. I’ll share it when it’s ready.
This staircase container garden is a beginner project (really!). You can get the free instructions here.
After a mild winter, we had a few weeks of cold in the spring which delayed the poppies. Normally, they bloom in early May. This year, it’s June. The orange-red colour is definitely clashing with the usual June purples!
See the planter on the silver milk can? That’s my repurposed bird feeder planter. It’s working really well with the lobelia, which like consistently moist soil. There’s an inner tube in the feeder which is perfect for filling with water to drip feed the plants. You can see how I made it here.
The purple dwarf irises didn’t stay in bloom for long this year—a week at most instead of several weeks—but they are sure pretty while they last. I love the purple colour against the various greens.
My strawberry planter has been designated as the surplus annual planter this year. I like the quirky look, though I hope things fill in a bit.
My strawberry garden is on wheels this year. I had been struggling to find a good location with the right amount of sun, but not too much, and then it occurred to me that I could convert an old wheelbarrow into a planter and move it around as needed. So far, it’s doing great, though the critters are still nibbling the fruit. You can see the whole project here.
And finally, it’s the time of year where I cat-sit for two cats. Bobo (pictured here) was the one who had a romance with a hummingbird last year.
And now summer can begin.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
Update: Here it is in 2017
My life as a gardener was deeply inspired by the gardens of Tasha Tudor.