The summer solstice is a couple of days away so I kinda want to review the hits and misses (mostly the misses) of the past few weeks. The biggest disappointment is the pie wedge that I chose for seeding veggies into. I put in harrier beets,(twice)  sugar snap peas, a lettuce blend, arugula, onions sets, a radish blend (twice), and swiss chard (twice). The only harvest has been the green onions and the lettuce. The rest? FAIL.  Even the reliable dill self-seeded everyplace else in the garden except that wedge.  Now that I think of it, there were few weeds even.

Meanwhile  seeds I planted in other wedges are doing OK.  There are basil varieties, cilantro, cukes and amaranth. The amaranth is slow but may yet produce a show. I ended up pulling out all the losers from that original veggie bed and planted Kentucky Wonders, Scarlet Runners  and bush beans. I guess I’m not really ready to blame the garden bed.  I suspect instead the deluge of May rains had more impact on this years crop.

The front yard is always kind of a mess between mid May to Mid June while the early daffs and grape hyacinths drop their blossoms and I wait for the leaves to decay to the point where they can be easily pulled out. I know I should just plant day lilies among them to hide the browning bulb leaves but I don’t like the lilies well enough to give them a spot in the front garden.

zinnia profusion

This year I ended up going to a local nursery on the 16th of June (I rarely ever shop plants this late) and found the bargain of the century.  They had marked down their annuals AND were selling all of them buy one get one free. OMG.  I bought Zinnia profusion in three different color lines.  They were $2.49 for six-inch pots with 2 plants each AND another of the same value for free.  Plus the plants are healthy and gorgeous and way bigger than plastic flats seen in the big box stores. I put the zinnia in the front yard oval bed and plan to go back to the market for more.

One more problem.  There is a groundhog living under our shed.  I’ve seen him twice and I suspect him of digging out all of my beets last summer.  So far I haven’t seen any damage except when I spotted him yesterday munching down on the Baptisia.  Maybe Ernie is a fairly good deterrent. His favorite thing to do is to have a barkfest with the neighbor dogs to our west just five feet from the entrance to the woodchuck’s  path to underneath the shed.

groundhog damaged canna

All of this soap opera is happening around our preliminary plans to cruise on watercolors this summer. I don’t think I mentioned our Sunday cruise in the fog just beyond the Genesee River inlet.  The fog closed down on us when we about three-quarters of a mile beyond the pier and we had to use the GPS to navigate back to the river. Today we went out again in rather hazy conditions and were able to sail out to the 200ft depth mark before we tacked to return to our slip.  Of course the wind died.  While we attempted to take in the sails the furler on the genny balked and we ended up pulling it down instead of in to get back home.  It took 2 hours to batten down everything at the dock..

garlic with curly scape

Back to the garden—-last night we went out for dinner at a local restaurant and each ordered a pasta dish with chicken, brocoli, black olives and mozzarella cheese. There was lots of it and it was exceeding bland. We brought home two large plates of it as a doggie bag. So after our afternoon on the boat I decided to doctor up the pasta dish for supper. I gathered garlic and onion scapes plus snips of rosemary from the garden  and sautéed them with minced jalapeno peppers. Then I heated the pasta dish, added  the veggies and herbs from home plus a couple of tablespoons each of olive oil and red wine vinegar and topped it all with parmesan cheese.——not fail—-excellent in fact.  Sometimes it’s all in the herbs and spices.

our lady of Guadeloupe rose with Roseanne perennial geranium

Tuscan Sun

Unknown from GYC cutting

Sedum, hens and chicks