Early summer gardening

Can you  tell that I love gardening?  And I have such fun photographing plants and flowers.  So, sit back and see what’s growing in my yard.

My penstemon are very nearly done for the season, but here they are at their peek.  You can even see the queen of the prairie showing its first buds in the background.

A freshly harvested rhubarb plant:

If you look closely you can see a tiny cucumber forming:

Cherry tomatoes:

These are actually my neighbor’s squash, but he doesn’t mind if I photograph them:

Here’s one squash plant climbing the fence:

Now here’s a plant I do not recommend unless you don’t mind it taking over.  It is quite prolific and grows wherever the wind blows it seems.  The flowers are rather beautiful, if you don’t mind it taking over.  Suddenly they aren’t as beautiful any longer.  Here’s a close-up of one variety of lamium that grows in my yard:

And here it is taking over under the evergreens.  It’s duking it out with lily of the valley, another plant that likes to take over.  I didn’t plant any of this lamium you see here:

One of the benefits of a rhubarb plant that just keeps giving, rhubarb slush:

Remember the great start of summer storm?  Well, that nice neighbor whose hubby has a chainsaw, gave me two recipes that weekend.  One for rhubarb cake and another for rhubarb slushes.  Both excellent uses for rhubarb but most especially the slushes.  It’s the perfect summer drink.

My bee balm are just getting started:

And lastly, Stella d’oro day lilies.  They’re so beautiful:

Do you have a favorite summer flower?

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10 responses to “Early summer gardening

  1. Very beautiful vegetables and flowers. I love your lilies! My favorite summer flowers are lily of the valley and roses :)

  2. Oh yes, those Day Lilies are lovely. :) Well done, Toby.

  3. Toby, very beautiful work. I am more of a flowering bush or tree person, so in the south the crape myrtles come out in the summer. We have one white one and two luscious red ones. My daughter likes the lavender ones, but alas we do not have any. Take care, BTG

  4. Toby, you must venture south. Crape Myrtles are annual bloomers. You just cut them back in the fall. The blooms last for many weeks during the summer. Usually grow to eight – ten feet. You can never cut them back and let them grow like a tree, but the blooms are only on the tips. Take care, BTG

  5. I find flowers are beautiful and do not have a particular favourite.

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