Friday, June 26, 2009

Candy Striped Lilies

Here are some candy-striped lilies - just gorgeous.


Last December we had a horrific ice storm in Central Massachusetts. We lost numerous hardwood trees, some pines and a lot of shrubs and perennials. We were without power for 5 days (we have an artesian well and a septic tank) so it was lots of fun in the freezing temperatures. Some of the towns nearby were without power for 2 weeks. There was a lot of damage to our barn and house and my son's car was totaled because two trees fell on it. This is all that remained of my rhododendrons.

Roses and Peonies

Roses and peonies were beautiful this year in early June before all the rain. We've had only 5 days without rain in New England this June.

Pink Clematis

This is the first year in 5 years that I've had blossoms on my Clematis. All of my gardening manuals from organic gardening to Crockett's Victory Garden said not to lime clematis. Guess what? My soil is very acidic due to pine trees. This year somebody called up on the Paul Rogers radio program in Worcester, MA and asked him about clematis. He said put lots of lime on them - so I did it also - and voila!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Herbs: Rosemary and Comfrey

The culinary herb rosemary is planted here with the healing herb comfrey. For information and uses of herbs go to my website

Herbs: Parsley, Basil and Sage

The herbs parsley (on the left) and basil (on the right - from The Tasteful Garden) are planted among wood geraniums with sage in the background. For uses of herbs and information on herbs please go to my website

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Peas among Tomatoes and Annual Flowers

Heirloom peas in the background are planted with an Italian Sweet Beef Tomato (on the left) a Better Boy Tomato (in the middle) and a San Marzano Redorta Tomato (on the right) purchased from The Tasteful Garden. A Lemon Tree from The Tasteful Garden is in the pot to the right with various annual flowers in the foreground.

Eggplant with Sage

This is an Eggplant from The Tasteful Garden planted with Sage in the background, Winter Savory to the left and coreopsis and other perennials to bloom later during the summer.

Peppers and Oregano

An Italian Bell Pepper (on the left) and an Anaheim Pepper (on the right) with Oregano and tansy to keep the pests away.

Tomatoes and Oregano

A Kimberley Tomato from The Tasteful Garden planted with Oregano and tansy to keep pests away.

Yellow Echinacea

This is last year's yellow echinacea in bloom with a Monarch butterfly.

Tomatoes Love Onions

An Early Girl Tomato (on the left) and a Carmella Tomato (on the right) planted among chives (allium or onion family) with yellow echinacea and tall phlox in the background. The perennial flowers will bloom during the summer season and attract monarch butterflies and all kinds of bees.

Tomatoes Love Onions

A closer view of a Roma Tomato (on the left) and an Ozark Tomato (on the right) from The Tasteful Garden planted among chives (allium or onion family). The English lilies in the background will bloom during the early summer season.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tomatoes Love Onions

A Roma Tomato (to the left) and an Ozark Tomato (to the right) planted with chives (allium or onion family). In the background are irises.

View of the Herb Garden

This is a view of my herb garden showing the layout in the shape of a cross with walks around the cross and a fence surrounding these outside plantings.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Our Usual Vegetable Garden planted on 5-30-09

This is the first year I have planted heirloom plants and heirloom seeds. The seeds germinated faster than others we've used in the past and the plants from The Tasteful Garden that I planted in my herb garden are much larger than the ones we usually use (as in our usual garden). For information on and uses of herbs please visit my website at