A line from a show tune that comes to mind today, as we approach the middle of June. The flower beds are full of blossoms, the berries are ripening and the vegetables grow a foot a day. During June here in northeast Kansas, everything grabs onto life with such gusto that it sometimes takes my breath away.
|Flowers are not the only color exploding in June. |
Butterflies are everywhere.
|An E. paradoxa specimen in an unusual, but gorgeous color.|
I won't go into more detail as Cicada Mania, K-State Entomology newsletter and Frances Farmer have said it all, so follow the links to them. They have pics, too.
|Echinacea pallida. Native to the Kansas prairie.|
An Aromatnaya quince tree and an Ashmead's Kernel Apple were planted last week and I have two grapes, a Liberty apple and a Chinese hawthorn to plant. One section of my compost heap has been moved, expanding the flower growing capacity, where we will have a cutting flower garden. Fresh bouquets are a great bonus of this month.
|Lovely lilies. We also have them in pink and yellow.|
Life is good.
|Lovely Merlot lettuce. The color is even richer in person.|
|Shade cloth protects romaine lettuce and celery from |
the intensity of summer sun. Does it need a second layer
for more protection?