A Walk in the June Garden

However many years she lived, Mary always felt that she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow. – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Finally – green and growing.  Even though we are a full two weeks behind the usual growing season this year, the June garden is full of promise.


In the vineyard, the grapes are just beginning to flower.  We are working hard to double the plantings in our little vineyard this spring, so these little flowers are very encouraging.


The Hascap berries are fully formed and just thinking about turning blue.  They should be ripe in about 2 or 3 weeks.  Do you know about hascaps?


The hops are reaching….. reaching….. reaching!


The French Tarragon is at it’s peak!  Yum!


The hard neck garlic is looking hale and healthy.


And the strawberries are coming along.


Do you remember the cold frame that was buried under several feet of snow this winter?  Well, here’s what has been going on in there… the carrots, kale and lettuce thrived… and are now giving us an early harvest.  We’ve happily been enjoying the kale for weeks.


The irises …


bleeding heart, bluebells, lambs ears, and ….


the first poppy!


 If you ask me, nothing says “June Garden” like the sight and scent of the lilac.


8 thoughts on “A Walk in the June Garden

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread June 16, 2015 / 11:36 am

    No regular lilacs this year because I disturbed them last year by moving them. 😦 But, I did have a bumper crop on the Dwarf Korean Lilacs. What do you do with your hops? Beer?

    • JanetRimmington June 16, 2015 / 4:15 pm

      Hi Judy! Yes, the original plan was to use the hops to flavour home-made beer. If that was successful, we’d consider expanding and growing for the local craft breweries. I only have six plants at the moment and they are just getting to the stage in which they should start producing. So. Hmmm. We’ll see. I’m a little concerned, because we have such high humidity here (fog). It’s a fun experiment, though.

      • Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread June 16, 2015 / 11:00 pm

        A local brewery, Red Hook, grows hops around their outdoor patio area. It’s really cool to watch the growing process. 🙂

      • JanetRimmington June 17, 2015 / 1:40 am

        Oh! That sounds lovely! It’s fun to watch them grow…. They grow so fast!

    • JanetRimmington June 16, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      The dwarf Korean lilac is SO lovely!! Perhaps the regular guys will forgive you next year, and produce with extra flourish! 😀

  2. Rebecca Eliza June 17, 2015 / 3:43 am

    I love haskaps! I recently learned their name means “little presents on the end of branches”. So apt! They are adorable. I hope they turn blue soon for you!

    • JanetRimmington June 19, 2015 / 2:32 am

      Thanks! Me too! I’ll let you know when they are ripe 😉

  3. Julie@frogpondfarm June 17, 2015 / 4:52 am

    So much happening in your garden! It looks fabulous … The garlic looks amazing, as does the kale and carrots! What are hascaps?

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