Rain, Fog and A Bit of Summer Sun . . .
Â Basking in the Late Day Gift of Summer Sunlight on the Terrace – So Far This Season,Â Sunny Days Have Been Few & Far Between…
Hello, mid July. How did we get here so quickly? It’s been a busy start to summer, with little time for journaling, but I expect things to slow down a bit now that I’ve suspended planting and am back in the studio full-time.Â Rain and fog continue to soften the landscape, and although beautiful for making photographs, the weather has made this a challenging year for the New England farming community.
I just read that 3″ of rain fell in April and more than 9″ of rain saturated Vermont during the months of both May and June (the Amazon sees an average of 8″ or rainfall per month, read the full story here). No wonder it has been so hard to complete projects and stay on schedule! As difficult as landscaping work has been this year, it’s nothing compared to the plight of local farmers. I tip my hat to vegetable and fruit growers in my community. Working the land for a living and providing organically grown food —especially in a climate with such a short growing season— is truly a courageous life path. I remember well the seasons of water-logged strawberry fields, and the worried expressions worn by my parents, when the fruit rotted faster than we could pick.
Here at Home, Produce has been Very Slow to Ripen in my Tiny Potager, but I am Picking the First Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes and Red Rubin Basil this Week
Â Most Days, I Find Myself Winding My Way to Work through Wildflowers and Fog . . .
Â A Rainy Year Means Abundant & Long-Lasting Blossoms in the Meadowy Wildflower Walk . . .
Â And Plenty Extra for the Dishwasher’s Weekly Arrangement . . .Â
Â Like a Tangerine Dream, Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) Sweetens the Verdant Meadow with Pollen and Nectar for Bees and Butterflies
Â Sweet, Shimmering Valerian (ValerianaÂ officinalis)Â . . .
Â And the Soft Whisper of Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) in Afternoon Sun . . .
Â Polished Toes and Posies: John Creech Meets the Gladiators (Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’)
Â Nepeta sibirica ‘Souvenir d’AndrÃ© Chaudron’, an Old Favorite from My Mother’s Garden, with Thalictrum pubescens Beyond
Â Â An Uninvited and Pushy Garden-Party Crasher, Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysmachia clethroides) Dukes it out with Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) in the Entry Garden
Â Meanwhile, Veronica spicata ‘Sunny Border Blue’ Plays Nicely with Her Neighbors
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2 Replies to “Rain, Fog and A Bit of Summer Sun . . .”
I adore the silver toenails, its my fav color in polish, after soft white. Your photos always bring me to a happy place. love this Eden.
Glad you enjoy the photos! We gardeners aren’t so good at keeping our nails out of the dirt, but toenails… Now those we can splash out on! I love metallics, red, white, pink, blue… Pretty much anything goes! :) Have fun out there! x M
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