The rains have come and gone throughout most of the spring and now well into summer. The garden looks overblown and flousy like a middle-aged woman in a flowery housecoat. Going to St. Louis and Buffalo has left her with her roots showing, and it’s now up to me to get her a pedicure and maybe even a massage.
Spent daylily scapes have turned brown in the sun and stand like skeletons waiting for me to put them in the compost pile. A lot of talk in St. Louis was about daylily rust, but I don’t have any in my garden this year. Luckily for most of Oklahoma, the fungus, Puccinia hemerocallidis, still dies during our winters. Therefore, I’m not worried about recycling spent scapes.
The vegetable garden is full of very tiny blooms on parsley, dill and fennel. I let these bloom so that the smallest of the pollinators have their own buffet. If I want more parsley, I just plant some seeds about two weeks apart. Honestly though, I don’t eat or cook with parsley that often. I do like dill, and to have enough for the swallowtail butterflies and my family, I plant seeds more than once. The basil is producing great guns which is good because today I am making Too Many Tomatoes Sauce which can be found in Too Many Tomatoes, Squash, Beans, and Other Good Things: A Cookbook for When Your Garden Explodes by Lois M. Landau. I love this particular Italian sauce recipe and will put up batches of it in the freezer throughout summer.
More honesty, although I know how to preserve via canning, it is not my favorite job. Summers are very hot here, and heating up the kitchen when it’s 98F outside is not my favorite thing. I’d rather freeze. I do make jams and chutneys though. Have you ever read the blog, Tigress in a Jam? No one writes more elegantly about preserves. I must thank Willi Galloway at DigginFood for turning me onto this gem.
Oh, wait, this post is supposed to be about flowers. I guess we’ll just consider this a “Dear Friends” post too. We definitely have flowers everywhere. It would be easier to catalog those not blooming right now. The daylilies are finishing up with the Reckamps and some of the other dormant varieties, and because of the rain, I have some rebloom. Most of the roses are taking a break from the heat. They spend their time saving up their energy for fall. However, ‘Carefree Beauty’ and a couple of others are still blooming.
Most afternoons I go out on the deck on the east side of the house (which is then in partial shade), and watch the butterflies flit from one Echinacea to another then turning somersaults in the air. These acrobatics fill my heart with joy, and I hope you get a chance to go outdoors today. A shout out to my friend, Dana, who works in a cavernous office, “Don’t forget to sit outside somewhere at lunch, and I’ll join you next week.”
Tomorrow, I’m off to photograph another garden which will be on the Oklahoma Horticulture Society’s Garden Tour for Connoisseurs to be held in the fall. It will be glorious weather then, and the gardens are so beautiful. I hope my local friends will come.
The meadow garden bed is one of the prettiest during summer because of Echinacea purpurea and the black-eyed Susans who show so nicely. What would I do without my Susans to carry the garden into autumn?
Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day and Happy summer everyone.