Summer is flying by, so it seems. Busy with gardening, family and outings like most of you, my days are filled. Summer breezes keep us cool.
I harvested the garlic this week, 'Music', 'Killarney Red', and 'Puganski' - the latter two new varieties I wanted to try. The bundles are colour coded with ribbon and after a couple of weeks I'll brush the dirt from the bulbs, cut off the tops and roots and store in mesh bags in the basement. The final bulb from last summer's crop was used for dinner recently and since we love garlic in most anything, my little veggie patch will now only be planted with it.
If you're like me and know that crops should be rotated because of nematodes or viruses in the soil, a garlic grower told us at a seminar in the spring that you can use the same place each year. Remove the top third of soil if possible and condition with manure, digging it in well for autumn planting.
'Inniswood' hosta that commands attention in the shady Japanese garden.
A homemade concrete bird bath gifted me from a friend that came for tea. The slices of birch were by the side of the road after a neighbour cut down a tree and I carried a couple home for rustic decor.
A few favourite pinks; the centre leaves are persian shield, a good shade plant for the garden and it's also a pretty houseplant.
My library classes continue and I'm enjoying learning about apps, computer issue solving and last week, social media. I am already on Pinterest and was undecided about Instagram. Well, I opened an account and think it will be fun for photography shares.
@lavendercottagegardening can be found here if you want to see my few photos so far.
I'd like to direct readers to Linda at Stitch Lines in New Brunswick for an eye opener about her home break-in and some advice she offers.
Happy Gardening, take time for tea.