So much beauty has come into my garden recently in the form of perennial blooms: garden roses, peonies, yarrow, anemones, and more. Meanwhile, annual flowers and foliage plants are quietly biding their time; they've been tucked into a dozen beds with rich, local compost and plenty of worms. Plants are growing quickly during these long, warm days, and I look forward to the bounty to come. My plants are mostly left to their own devices thanks to drip irrigation and supportive netting, but I still provide a basic weekly pampering of organic foliar feeding applications and hand weeding to promote long stems, healthy plants and beautiful blooms.
My favorite time of the day is just as the light is dimming and the goldfinches, hummingbirds, and robins are becoming active again. After I change out of my work clothes, I take a stroll with my camera and try to capture the simple moments. It is so pleasurable to slow down. I witness some of the interactions that are always occurring in the garden and absorb the subtle beauty. Below are just a few snapshots of what is happening right now.
While these plants and others are steadily growing toward their full potential, I have been a busy bee cultivating the land at my newest location on Eagle Mill Farm. This is a no-till farm, meaning that all the weeds will be weedwacked by hand and left to decompose, thereby leaving the soil structure and organisms intact. I just received a delivery from Dave Munson of eight yards of compost, and I'll soon be spreading these nutrients over the area below to create nine 4 ft wide beds. Then I'll lay a natural biodegradable landscape paper on top of the beds to prevent weeds and retain moisture in the soil through the hot summer.
I have over 1,000 seedlings eagerly awaiting their turn to be planted into the field for mid-late summer blooms. These include unique varieties of summer annuals that I have grown by seed and carefully tended this spring.
I'm excited for when the time comes to photograph and deliver these blooming beauties to local businesses in Ashland. There is nothing like fresh, fragrant flowers from the farm down the road!
Below are a few more pictures of Eagle Mill Farm. Comments and feedback are welcome; I would love to hear from you!