nothing better than a sexy morning garden!

Well it is June in Montana. This might be my favorite gardening month of all. I’m not sure if that is saying something of not, we only have three months that are truly gardening months, the rest is just moving snow around, or covering what is still growing so the snow doesn’t cover it. But all the same, June is pretty awesome.


All of my plants are just coming up for the season. Some are old friends that I planted twelve some years ago, some just in their sophomore season, and some complete surprises. I love it all. My perennials, annuals, greens, fruit trees, and all.

As the saying goes for a true gardener, ‘I sleep in my house and live in my garden’. If I am not working or sleeping, you can find me in my various gardens with my dogs. My children will be in the dirt with me a bit more often once school is out. They’ve pretty much grown up grazing through the yard, so I don’t have to ask too hard for help, it is their second home too!


With hot coffee in hand, I head out each morning and tour my gardens first. It just brings me such great pleasure to walk around, see the beauty, smell the blooms (my lilac hedge is completely intoxicating right now!). This might be my favorite way to greet the day. In all honesty, while I am meandering through my garden, I am also throwing frisbees and balls for my dogs, this is their way to greet the day!

My Crew, Ocean specifically, like to help with digging and moving things around for me. Truthfully, Ocean has been the best garden buddy ever, her and I work hand in paw digging holes, transplanting, and so on. $eeker escorts and holds the wheel barrel when I am using that, and Story escorts me when I trim the hedge. But after our morning garden work is complete, sun baking is our June ritual. This is our pay off for a eight month winter. I would be with them in this photo, but I was taking it!


This morning after the sun had come up, and the watering finished, I couldn’t help but think how sexy the plants were looking. Something so amazing about new plant life, early sunlight, and water. By the time late July rolls around it will be a virtual jungle, right now, there is still a semblance of ‘garden’.

Enjoy! with love, Nancy









10 Comments Add yours

  1. marie tanner says:

    Nancy, Your flowers are truly gorgeous. I did not know the name of 90% of them. Enlighten me. Love, love, love your yard.

    1. Nancy Tanner says:

      thanks Mom, this year everything is coming up happy because of all of the spring rain. Lets see, from top to bottom –

      Betsy’s Bonnet Columbine
      Marigold (zempasuchil)
      Yarrow (moon beam)
      Fuchsia (voo doo)
      petite white petunia
      strawberry leaves
      garlic chives
      peony leaf

  2. Helene Orenstein says:


    1. Nancy Tanner says:

      Thanks Helene! Hope you have a great summer!

  3. dayphoto says:

    Your yard is a beautiful as your dogs and as you are!


  4. mtwaggin says:

    I think my chives are done blooming but my peppermint is going strong (that was a surprise) and my rosemary also came back and I love going out and picking some just to smell! Your garden and photos of it are absolutely lovely!

  5. Mags Corner says:

    All of your beautiful plants are thriving on your love and attention. Those sweet furries are looking very loved, comfortable and happy. They appear to be enjoying their nap in the sun very much. Hugs and nose kisses

    1. Nancy Tanner says:

      Higs to you as well, hope the new summer is treating you well!

  6. ‘I sleep in my house and live in my garden’: exactly. And I hibernate in winter, waiting for this loveliest of times. Nice post, Nancy, enjoy!

    1. Nancy Tanner says:

      Bente, I just cleaned the dirt from my finger nails, and now I am ready to post more garden goodies! Summer is truly the big pay off after a long hibernation.

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