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Garden Update: Just Not a Great Year So Far

I wouldn’t quite say the garden is disappointing but it is far less productive than in recent years. Could it be the weather? Too cold and wet early on? Too hot now? I know I was committed to having a smaller garden this year so it may just be that I have become accustomed to having more of everything and this scaled back garden is what it is.

Bee in pollen 2
The zucchini is blossoming but nothing to eat so far. This bee was so heavy with pollen he could hardly move. I have never seen so much pollen.

Lemon sunflower (2)
Our sunflowers for the Great Sunflower Project are just now blooming so we will have the opportunity to count bees and participate in that activity this week. The bees are far more busy in other parts of the garden.

Butterfly bush (2)
Our butterfly and hummingbird garden is a hub of activity. Swooping hummingbirds, buzzing bees, and perching finches grab your attention whenever you are outside in the backyard.

Rainbows of colors fill the flower beds now that the day lilies, coneflowers, bee balm, and roses are blooming all at the same time.

day lilies (1)
Some crazy pretty day lilies in the butterfly garden.

Bee balm 5
Most likely my new favorite flower in the garden this year is this bee balm.

Bee in the butterfly bush
Sometimes you just capture the best moments purely by chance. I was taking a photo of this butterfly bush and the bee came along and entered the shot. Pretty cool huh?

Crepe Myrtle
The crepe myrtles are starting to burst out in color this week. We love this bush so much that we planted three more in our front yard last fall…so easy to grow, brilliantly colored when they bloom.

Dusty Miller
Another new to us plant in our garden is this Dusty Miller. Here are the colorful buds.

Dusty Miller 3
This is the shape of the leaf…amazing and beautiful.

So as you can see, the veggie garden is not all that exciting but the flowers are making up for it. Hopefully my next update will be filled with yummy delicious things to eat.

3 thoughts on “Garden Update: Just Not a Great Year So Far

  1. You’re not alone. Our veggie garden is ok with strawberries, tomatoes, and peppers. Other than that, not much. We added some nitrogen and that seems to be helping.

    My herb garden, though is doing really well, so all is not lost.

  2. We’re having a horrible gardening year in Central KY, too. For us, it seems to be a very hot and wet start to the season.

    I’ve lost almost every single vine plant to a vine borer and our other plants are not producing well because of powdery mildew. Ugh.

    I’ve still been able to do a small amount of canning/freezing, but only about 1/8 of what was expected.

    I hope yours comes out of it!

  3. My little girl and I planted bee balm in a small flower bed — our “butterfly garden.” It’s withered now, but in its prime its glorious. And it’s attracted several hummingbirds!

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