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June in Bloom

Sunday Stroll

I’m just loving the peonies this year.  Last year, we only had two flowers and both broke off in rain storms.  This year, we’ve got many, many more blooms.

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This one broke off in the this morning’s downpour, but I plopped it into a mason jar on the kitchen counter.

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I love this hot pink plant!

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Thanks to the stake, these ones weren’t really affected by the rain.

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Preview for next week: hydrangeas are starting to open.  The lace cap’s blooms are abundant this year!

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The mopheads in the front garden are also looking great!

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I’m anxiously awaiting the sea of blue when these are all open! Blue hydrangeas are my favorite flower.

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Flowers, Veggies and Eddie

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This week, we staked the peony buds.

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This is our first rose this summer.

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The sunflowers are starting to pop up.

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Not sure why, but the chives are blooming.

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I finally set up the birdbath that my aunt and uncle gave us last summer.

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The tomatoes on a plant I got from the farm market.  These will tide me over until my little plants kick in.

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All of the lettuces need to be thinned, and I’m going to use the thinnings for a mixed baby salad.

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Here are the experimental potatoes.  I had some that were sprouting, so I decided to try growing them.  I guess they look good so far.

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Finally, here’s Eddie.  He’s an Old English Sheepdog, and he’s about 12 years old.  He recently got a hair cut for the summer, which is why he doesn’t look like a big, shaggy mess.  My parents and brothers are away for the long weekend, so Ed and I are stopping by to take care of Eddie, which really only means we have to let him in and out, and check his water and food.  He sleeps for most of the day, but we thought he must have been lonely because he was in a playful mood this morning when we let him out.  He bounced around, chasing a squirrel, and ran over to us to get pet.  I’m sure he’s alseep now after that little burst of energy.

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Buds and Anticipation

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So many leaves have popped since the last time I had a chance to post a Sunday Stroll, so this is a long one!  While I’ve got a few flowers, there are many more buds yet to open and I’m impatiently awaiting the show they’ll put on in June.

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The bleeding hearts are taking over the partially shaded back garden, even after I pruned them back and picked a bunch of the flowers yesterday.  Believe it or not, this is only their second year in bloom.

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Buds on the blue lace-cap hydrangea in the back garden.  This will be the first of my many hydrangeas to bloom.

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The peony in the front flower garden has a bunch of buds, and I can’t wait to see those big pink blooms.

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Our one and only apple blossom.  I’m surprised that the Jonathan tree got a blossom so soon after we planted it, but I’m happy to report that all six trees are alive.  I don’t expect an apple this year because there’s no other flower to pollinate it.  Unless, of course, a bee makes her way from my parent’s orchard a few minutes away. 

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The mixed baby lettuce is doing well.

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The spinach that overwintered is ready to pick.

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The peas have started to climb up their wire supports.

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One of the heritage red raspberries in our brand new berry patch.

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Some wildflowers in the neighboring hayfield.

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Our two sugar maples that we planted last fall survived the winter and are full of bright green leaves.

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