Sometimes it seems laughable that I would have so much to say about such a small patch of ground. It's certainly aesthetic, but it is not only pretty flowers.
This garden has connected me to so many other aspects of life: to nature as a whole, to my husband, my neighbors, my long deceased cotton-farming grandparents, to books and learning, to food and cooking, to my background in art and design... I could go on. It is truly wonderful and I'm ever grateful for this little spot.
Gertrude Jekyll said, "What is one to say about June — the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade..."
Since reading Amy Stewart's book,Flower Confidential, I have been enjoying cut flowers again after more or less avoiding them for years so as not to support the heavy pesticide use on these crops. Twice lately I have splurged on beautiful roses from a stand at the Union Square Farmers Market. They're irresistible and what a treat!
This color, called 'Champagne,' perfectly matched some small, elegant vases we received as a wedding gift.
Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri) has moved outside for the summer. Just as it began blooming, I made a new hanger for it with jute string. To encourage it to bloom I move it near a cool, north facing window in the winter, but I didn't put it there until mid-January so it's flowering a little late this year.