I believe that I can say now, with certainty - the planting is finished! I made my last trip to my local greenhouses yesterday when I suddenly realized that I had forgotten to plant the window box on the front of Maven Haven.
Goodness me... that's like arriving at High Tea without a hat!
A few other plants may have followed me home as well (they always do... like stray cats!)
When I had finished planting,
it occurred to me that the front bunny gate needed a fresh coat of white paint. I ran to the barn to get the paint and brush and tackled that job immediately.
Everything was looking spiffy - ready for summer.
Standing there, enjoying her flower gardens, I thought back to last spring and summer, with its cacophonous soundtrack provided by Cicada Brood X!
How lovely it is to have peace and quiet... just birdsong, buzzy bees, and the soft melodic tinkling of metal wind chimes filling the air.
Of course we cannot forget the soft grunts of pigs happily napping just over the fence from where I was working!
Finding myself without my camera, I told the dogs to stay - that I would be right back, and I headed back to the house in the gator.
In front of the shed is a cottage garden with perennials
that will provide color until the frosts of next winter arrive.
Blooming, now, in the cottage garden are Columbine,
It won't be long before the peonies open - the ants are hard at work! It is actually a myth that ants help the flowers to open. Peonies will open as normal without the presence of ants. What is actually happening, is: the peonies provide nectar for the ants and the ants provide protection from non-beneficial insects such as aphids. How to cut peonies to bring in the house without the ants? Cut them very early in the morning while the dew is heavy - the ants will not have arrived yet. Also, you can hold the blossom upside down by the stem and give the stem a few taps just above the blossom.
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from an editor at Country Woman Magazine telling me that Maven Haven would be featured in an upcoming issue of their magazine. (Although the following photo makes the interior look quite spacious - it is not. It is about 10 ft. by 10 ft... just big enough for me and a visitor.)
I had sent a few photos, to the magazine, at some point in the past (I have no idea how long ago) and they were going to use them. They had a question as to who the kitty was who was visiting the shed when I took the photos. It was dear old departed Griz. (I smiled, with a tear in my eye - remembering this snotty old love-of-a-stray cat.)
How sweet that he will be immortalized in print!