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