Each June my garden comes alive. It's not a tidy garden and I often lose control of the situation. Even so, I wouldn't have it any other way. Summer is the time to see the results of the hard work that comes with every Winter and Spring. It's also time to be surprised by all the jokes and little miracles Mother Nature cooks up.
The sweet peas were so happy. They grew right up the trellis...
and up and over the top of the asparagus and down the other side.
Here they still were this morning blooming and blooming even though it was 109 degrees here last week. My plan was to put tomatoes or melons or something summery here last month, but the sweet peas just wouldn't die. A determined little woman with sharp shears is a terrible adversary.
Underneath all those sweet peas were some very healthy looking asparagus and my long lost strawberries.
Next year, I'll be sure and grow the knee high kind.
Sweet peas remind me of another Summer long ago. We grew them in this garden once too. Big sister loved to dance and little sister loved butterflies. Littlest sister had yet to arrive. The leggy sprout and little button you see here grew straight and true, just like the sunflowers behind them. They graduated from college last month. I could not be any prouder.
The excitement over the two graduations with traveling and visitors didn't leave me a lot of time to plan out the garden, so it's coming about in a haphazard way this year. Vegetable gardening is a bit like working a jigsaw puzzle if you don't have a plan. In May I cheated and went out and bought some peppers and tomatoes.
I pulled out chunks of leeks to make room for the tomatoes.
Look what I saw out there today! Summer's here for sure.
I know my garden could never compare to this beautiful countryside in April, when everything's in bloom. But in June, when the countryside dies down for the dry season, I'm sure glad to have a green oasis.
Hope your Summer is long and warm and full of beautiful things!