Luci Khulman is waiting for harvest at Rose Bay Vineyards.


A Fine Day

It started out foggy here this morning. You can see the fog is still laying off shore, waiting to make its way back in this evening.  That’s typical weather for us on hot summer days.  

I took advantage of the cool fog to head into the vineyard and start the trimming and tieing up. And wow!  That’s five rows done!  I’m so pleased. The fog had retreated and it was mighty hot by the time I’d finished, but a satisfying accomplishment nonetheless.

Then to clean the chicken coop, because who enjoys a dirty coop (especially in this heat and humidity)?!  Now it’s all cleaned up, with fresh bedding and even some rose petals sprinkled in the nesting boxes.  I collected 4 eggs for my efforts there. 

A load of laundry on the line, the kitchen cleaned up and supper is ready. And the anticipation seeing #1 son, who will be home for dinner tonight.  What could make this day any better? 

An hour or so of quiet time on the porch  swing in the shade (feet in the warm sun), a light breeze, my book and cuppa, surrounded by roses. That’s my cherry on top!

I know. I know. The rose bushes need a trimming, too.  I’ll save that for tomorrow. 馃槈

WPC – cherry on top

This is “The May”

It’s a little difficult to believe. 聽For me, anyway. 聽But here we are … Looking the end of May in the eye. 聽I’m just not quite sure how that happened so quickly. The garden has been busy! 聽It seems to have gone from dormant, winter mode into full-on spring/summer growing season within days! 聽Okay, maybe weeks.

Let’s take a quick walk around and see what has been happening this month:

The primula and …

聽The bluebells are showing off.

聽The forsythia is almost finished, but the hardy kiwi is leafing out.

聽In the kitchen garden, the garlic is well up,

聽The parsley has returned – it doesn’t always make it through the winter – and …

聽The asparagus looks like it’s dancing! 聽I covered the early sprouts with a cloche to protect them from pillaging chickens. 聽And it worked! 聽This meager offering is my best asparagus crop. Ever. But don’t they look funny?

聽The apples are blossoming, and …

So are my darling haskaps.

We had the first bud break in the vineyard yesterday. 聽I think this is the Baco Noir. (Note to self – label vines!)

A family friend refers to this time of year – when the choke cherry trees blossom, the maple buds swell, and the tender young leaves start to emerge; when the landscape looks frothy – as “The May”. 聽A lovely, and promising description.

But! 聽Enough of this! 聽There is work to be done…

聽By the looks of that rhubarb, I have some harvesting, chopping, freezing and preserving to do. 聽I’m off ……

Victory in Harvest


900 pounds of grapes! 聽This year’s grape harvest represented a brilliant victory for our little vineyard. 聽Last year, raccoons had a bit of a party just a few nights before harvest. 聽They left us with 320 pounds of fruit. 聽Nice, eh? We are struggling to figure out how they managed to compromise the electric fencing, but they did it. 聽This year, however, we were vigilant – patrolling the fencing every evening and morning for the weeks before harvest – and it payed off beautifully.


That 320 pounds took us all day to pick; we were a team of just two – one removing the bird netting, one picking grapes. 聽This year however. we were joined by family and friends to make a bit off a party of our own. 聽Not only were we finished by early afternoon, we had lots of fun together.


Take that raccoons! 聽This year, it was our turn!

WPC – Victory

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. 聽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. 聽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. 聽They should be ripe in about 2 or 3 weeks. 聽Do you know about hascaps?


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


The French Tarragon is at it’s peak! 聽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? 聽Well, here’s what has been going on in there… the carrots, kale and lettuce thrived… and are now giving us an early harvest. 聽We’ve happily been enjoying the kale for weeks.


The irises …


bleeding heart, bluebells, lambs ears, and ….


the first poppy!


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