2018 #Farmington #NH #Summer #Garden #Flowers


Nothing has shown how balance in the garden makes the best sense than this growing season. We started off dry, with lots of sun. Then switched to damp, even waterlogged, with little sun. As a result, most things have not had the conditions they love to thrive. I’ve had many plants suffer poor blooming and many things have developed blights, fungal outbreaks, or other problems. Many weeds this year too. Too many for my tastes. Here’s what I’ve captured since the solstice. Enjoy the gallery!

Mid #Spring #Garden #Flowers

Mid spring, here in New Hampshire, is when the garden really starts to take off. Much more variety and texture in the garden can exist because most of our freezes, especially hard freezes, are over for the beginning of the year. The vegetation in the yard has leafed out and everything is in a dizzying dance of shape and color.

We added many more tulips to the garden last fall and I have to say that investment was worth every penny. We’ve had quite a bit of rain this year, enough to not only knock the drought in the state down, but provide enough extra rain for increased growing and bloom times. Both of the new fruit trees from last year have loved the extra rain.

I’ve planted most of our vegetables now. Several different spinach, several different types of tomatoes & peppers, three varieties of lettuce, and some kale. We also continued our potato growing, though we’ve limited it to one variety this year. All the herbs are up and spreading. They don’t really need any help from me.

I’m still working on the annuals that go into containers and baskets. I’m also a little behind on planting the flowers I grow from seed, but I’ll catch up soon. Happy gardening everyone! Enjoy the photos. Continue reading “Mid #Spring #Garden #Flowers”

Bulb and Perennial Combinations Bursting With Color And Character

Bulb planting season is here, and while I was doing some research for planting some bulbs in our garden, I ran across this article which may be of great assistance if you are planning to plant bulbs in parts of your garden. Researchers at Cornell University experimented with all sorts of bulbs and perennial plants and created combinations that extend the bloom season in your garden and help create lasting bursts of color and texture in your garden. They built forty four different combinations you can look at. The site has photos that show the combinations at various stages throughout the season, so you can get a feel for what the combo may look like in your garden setting. The Cornell Flower Bulb Research Program website also has a section with tips and tricks, as well as a resources page that provides links to information websites with more information. Enjoy!