I’m gratetful that our Spring has started to slow down a bit, though we are bouncing around a with some warm days and some cool days. But that seems to always be how we get to Summer every year.
I keep records of my garden in a 10 year garden journal which allows me to go back and see from year to year what’s going on. My records, though, are not as good as I’d like them to be and sometimes it is just a record of how often I mow the lawn. But I do take lots of pictures of my flowers and garden and sometimes looking at those and the dates I took them tell me more about what happened in the garden than anything I write down. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. My pictures tell me that by mid-June, flowers like Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and Daylilies (Hemerocallis sp.) will be blooming.

Coneflowers attract pollinators

Daylilies are easy to grow

Out in the vegetable garden, I got everything planted and all the seeds sown well before Memorial Day weekend. I’m picking peas and the last of the lettuce. My pictures from previous Junes remind me that there will be lots of green tomatoes in the garden this month and a few garlic scapes to use before the garlic is ready to harvest.

Green Tomatoes show up in June

Garlic scapes are edible

One of the most exciting flowering events in my garden in June actually takes place in my sunroom where I have a large night-blooming cereus, Epiphyllum oxypetalum, growing in a big pot. I’ve had this plant, which I call the world’s ugliest houseplant, for 30 plus years. Before that, my Dad had it for about 15 years. 45 years is a long time to keep a houseplant going, so even though the plant is ugly, I keep it. The blooms open up and flower in a single night and have a heavy scent. It is a sight to both behold and smell. I look forward to it blooming almost, but not quite, as much as I look forward to the first ripe tomato.

Night-blooming cereus bud ready to open

Night-blooming cereus flowers last one night