Early June In the Garden

The garden continues to grow and evolve, watching for the first tomatoes and hoping for a good crop of basil.  The garden is busy and blooming so get ready for a picture heavy post!  Out in the forest, the honeysuckle is going like crazy.

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The sweet fragrance wafts across the air, and the pollinators are all over these blooms.

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Mountain Laurel is blooming across the property.  Ours are all white, no pink ones.

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The peach trees have a good amount of fruit. These are wild clingstone peaches, not a lot of usable fruit, but a really sweet and intensely peach flavor.  If DH is lucky enough, I’ll get the peaches before the bears do and make him a Fresh Peach Coffee Cake.  The problem is I have to leave them on the trees until they ripen or they don’t get ripe.  So, the bears and I have a race each year to get to them at the perfect moment.

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This red and white petunia sneaked into my basket of bargain white petunias, so I put it with the white lobelia. Both are doing nicely on the veranda.

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The yellow torenias are growing and beginning to bloom more profusely.

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Whoopee, I actually have a nice lettuce plant! This will be a salad soon.

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The red snapdragons are starting another show.

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The celosias are still little, but blooming well.

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The day lilies are getting going, this one with dewdrops in the early morning.

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My favorite pale yellow one with the deep purple throat is blooming profusely.  It is too bad that these gorgeous blooms only last one day.  I like the ruffled edges of this one.

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

More ruffled edges on the peachy color ones with yellow throats, there are two clumps of these both putting on daily shows.

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My largest tomato plant has a flower! Hoping for a nice fat tomato.

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The tomatoes planted in a large pot are getting bigger too.

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Out in the front flower bed, the white petunias are growing and filling the pots, flowering nicely.

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The larger pot on the corner of the veranda is filling in too. The daisy finished blooming and I deadheaded the blooms hoping it will go again. I like this pink coleus a lot, it adds nice color to the pot.

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Another planting of basil in a small pot is coming along.

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Inside, a friend convinced me to try growing another lettuce from the core of one used for dinner. So I did. I thought using a bulb vase would be perfect to keep it just in the water. I cut a thin slice off the bottom and put it in water.

Lettuce rooting

About a week later, it seemed to be doing really well. No roots yet, but I was hopeful as the leaves were growing.

Lettuce in bulb grower

Then, for some reason it died and turned brown. I don’t have a clue why. Another epic fail, LOL!! Also on the failure front, the poinsettia in the large pot on the veranda died too. I guess it didn’t like being replanted, or something was wrong with the light or water. But the blue lobelia and the peachy pink begonia still are growing and blooming nicely.

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The vibrant colors are just beautiful.

Peach begonia with lobelia

Basil and more begonias, both doing well.

White and pink begonias

The fuschia put on a spectacular show!  The two color flowers are so interesting.

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Last week I made DH a couple of loaves of Apple Bread, and put the peels and cores out in a dish for the critters. It didn’t take long for the crows to find it and steal an apple core.  The others tried to take it away from him, instead of getting their own from the dish.  Later, I noticed it was all gone, so I think they came back and had a feast.

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The goldfinches are wearing their summer colors, so bright and beautiful.


All the torenias are blooming and they are beginning to cascade trailing shoots of leaves and flowers. They are growing larger and faster than previous years, and I think the bone meal and slow release fertilizer I added to the hanging baskets made a difference.

Early June in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Lovely cool mornings and evenings are nice to sit in the rockers and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a nice evening libation.  The pillow is from my internet buddy Jenna’s site The Painted Apron.   She is such a wonderful artist!  I plan to get another bright pillow soon for the other chair.

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I love seeing the pollinators come by, this pretty butterfly rested on the veranda, moving its wings back and forth slowly.

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The June blooming lily has one bloom again this year. I wish it would do two like it has in the past, so I’ll give it some fertilizer and bone meal to help it along.  Not bad for a bulb that was a gift several years ago, and has bloomed every year since.

Early June in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

I deadheaded the hydrangea, and it is starting to bloom with lovely shades of pink to lavendar to blue, all on the same bush and sometimes on the same flower.

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

In the Garden at From My Carolina Home

So, much is blooming and more to come.  My one little squash plant has a big flower, and I hope for more.  The hostas are filled in and fully leafed out, and should have the tall spires of purple blooms soon.  More day lilies will come into bloom too.  I still plan to move some things around, and will get to that soon.

What’s going on in your garden?



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23 thoughts on “Early June In the Garden

  1. love all your lilies! I must get more varieties in as I really like them and they grow so easily here. I am thinking more and more of turning my raised beds into just flowers and herbs next year as my veggies seem to fail year after year! too much rain, too many bugs – flowers are so pretty and usually easy to grow, Could get some yard art to stick here and there in between and make it pretty.
    Did you plant your basil from seed? I have 3 basil plants and although I have already gotten a bit from them they are not doing as well as the other herbs but then the mint is not doing as well this year in their pots – I think I must get a fresh bag of soil and repot them – they might have gotten way too much rain last month – might need to check the root system out

  2. Mmm… peaches. The Mountain Laurel flowers look like fabric that have been embroidered. So pretty!

    I’ve tried the lettuce thing myself, with celery and got much the same results you did. There must be a trick to it! I’ve heard it can be done.

  3. Your flowers are all so pretty. I’ll bet the spots of color throughout are delightful to visit. I’ve never heard of regrowing lettuce like that, but it makes sense since we continue to cut the leaves from our heads when they are producing.

  4. Linda Hodges

    Carole, you have such a diverse selection of blooms. The colours are so lovely. My favourites are the wonderful hydrangeas with the gorgeous variegated colours. It’s a pleasure to read your blog and see the many creatures that you are able to view from your veranda. Here in the UK, the only things I get in my garden are birds and cats!

  5. Fighting with the Bears over the peaches…that must be why they were domesticated! (The peaches, that is!) your flowers are lovely. I just did my garden update, but it’s all vegetables so not as exciting. (Livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com)

  6. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    I enjoyed the garden tour with you this morning. Such beauty to soothe our souls. I have a few more pots to plant this morning with sweet potato vine, soft, lemony yellow petunias, vincas, and impatiens. Need to get a few geraniums Monday when I go to town. It’s always fun to see what you have blooming, Carole!

  7. catsandroses

    Love to see the progress of your gardens! Your season starts much earlier than ours here in the Pac. NW.; my hydrangeas and daylilies & other lilies aren’t blooming yet. Have you ever heard of making honeysuckle syrup with your honeysuckle blossoms? My sister just made a batch and said it’s great on waffles or added to sweet tea, etc. I haven’t tried your lettuce trick, but have been doing something similar with green onions (both in water and in pots) and they’ve grown wonderfully, just snip off some stalks to add to salads, etc., and they just keep coming.

    Well, as you know, my most exciting thing in the gardens at this time of year is ROSES, ROSES and more ROSES! Have tens of thousands of them blooming right now, just enthralling to see and sniff them! I just picked a big bouquet of white roses (have a GIANT rose bush that I planted by our kiwi plants) and put them in a black vase — looks and smells fabulous (and didn’t make a dent in the numbers that are growing, there are literally thousands of white roses on this shrub). Can’t wait for the Downton Abbey roses to bloom — always exciting getting to see the first blooms of new-to-me roses. My irises are still blooming and the purple lupine just started. Foxgloves are blooming here, too, as are four varieties of clematis and a pretty variety of honeysuckle which is covering my front archway, sharing it with a pink climbing rose. So pretty!

    My beans have sprouted and are a few inches tall. Tomatoes are growing and flowering, though progress has been slow — our nights are so chilly here, they seem to take forever to get going. Have picked some strawberries, they are doing well and the birds haven’t discovered them yet. Just love this time of year!

  8. Melanie

    Gorgeous photos! Thank you for the peach coffee cake recipe, will try it this summer. What a beautiful and unique butterfly that came to visit you. I lost my basil plant, the 2nd one! Not sure why. These things happen. :o( People grow veggies in water all the time, wonder what happened with your lettuce…I may try this, looks interesting. My garden is blooming with azaleas and rhodies right now….we are in between blooms unless you count catnip, marigolds, and pansies. LOL Love your pretty garden; your green thumb really shows nicely!

  9. Your flowers are gorgeous!!! Down here, wet, cold and very windy. We have daffodils leaves poking through, the Brunsvigia has the last show of its bright pink flower heads, leaves are golden, brown, red and orange everywhere, as the trees shut down their operations till next spring. There is something really beautiful in every season.

  10. Anne

    I love your garden posts. My hydrangeas are just buds up here in PA. My beautiful lavender colored catmint is spectacular as are my knockout roses. Peonies are on their last gasp. It was a great year for peonies as the temps were cooler than usual.

  11. I loved all your beautiful photographs. We have a few blooming plants on the deck, and I was surprised and pleased to see butterflies tasting them. The hummingbirds took sips, too.

    We took our grandson to Pisgah Inn for lunch today. His brother had been there a time or so, but it was his first time. My eyes widened when a bunch of snazy cars pulled in at the same time. It could have been a car club. John said the people already in the restaurant were car club people. I didn’t see the second set and wondered if they had the private dining room. Obviously, my question is going to be, “Was your club at Pisgah today?”

  12. Janice Young

    Hey Lady Bug,
    Am making the Patriotic Star Mini Quilt and the cutting direction for the rectangular border pieces need to be cut 81/2 . Just wanted to let you know since I can see lots of these being made for the 4th of July.
    I really like your pictures, am going to try the summer squash recipes love your posts your enthusiasm and energy are contagious.
    Keep up the wonder posts.

  13. Elaine Nemeth

    Thanks for the chuckles over your lettuce adventure. Poinsettia are warm climate creature s I think

    Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Droid

  14. Mary Jean Cunningham

    Another wonderful tour of your garden, complete with flowers, vegetables and birds! I am curious to know if you get good results with the tomato in the pot – I have tried to grow cherry tomatoes in a large pot several times and despite using Miracle Gro potting mix, staying on top of watering in very hot weather and full sun they have never done well -spindly with few tomatoes, if any, while the ones in the ground are fine and am wondering what I am doing wrong. Found an old packet of basil seeds in the shed from 1997 and scattered them around just to see what would happen but will get some backup plants as well for a pasta salad that is similar to caprese with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese chunks and pasta which my husband loves. Yesterday I worked outside for hours and am I feeling it today! Still a lot more work to be done – doesn’t look like a big yard until I start doing the work…

  15. I enjoyed the walk around your garden with so many interesting plants and flowers. I love daylilies and yours are so pretty. I can smell the honeysuckle now. Basil and tomatoes are a must in my garden. I usually plant several varieties of both, not as many this year, however! I hope you will come by Monday at 8 am central and link this post and other garden posts (new or old) to my Gardens Galore link party! Have a great weekend!

  16. Your flowers are beautiful. I love the smell of Honeysuckle too bu the invasive brush and vines one here in Missouri and destroying the natural woodlands and have become a major problem. These are not native honeysuckles but imported Asian varieties . We fight them continuously here.

  17. I like how you have showcased all that grows around you. Nature does provide such wonderful gifts, and I try not to overlook any. Oh, I’m going to try the lettuce trick.

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