Still Waiting for Summer

It’s June 29 today and we’re still waiting for summer to arrive. We have had a few warm-ish weekends so far but Gerry and I are eagerly anticipating warmer (oh please may it be so) ones to come.

Meanwhile, despite our lack of sunshine and warm weather things in the garden have been progressing.

I harvested some lettuce and radishes for a salad for dinner. It is so satisfying to be able to go outside and pick fresh food to eat, isn’t it? I have one stubborn lettuce plant that decided on its own to stay the winter. I cut lettuce and it just keeps giving me more!

The nasturtium is doing well. I think I’ll go out and pick the few flowers that are there to enjoy in our salad this evening.

The borage is almost ready to bloom. This is my first year growing this plant. I’ve read that the flowers can be used in cheeses and plan to do some experimenting.

The carrots and kale are coming along nicely but the beets don’t seem to be as happy. Perhaps I’ll try sowing another row this weekend and see what happens.

There are lots of flowers on the pea vines and they’re growing taller by the day.

It won’t be long before we’ll be able to shell peas, pop one in our mouth, and be instantly transported back to childhood!

The tomatoes remain happy along the south side of the house. The Red Delicious Cherry plants must be three feet tall and are covered with blossoms. I can’t wait for that first taste of fresh tomato!

The pole beans are growing taller every day. In addition to providing food they’ll be providing some privacy for us when we’re enjoying time in the hot tub (which we turn down to be a cool tub in the summer months).

The faeries are looking forward to warmer weather too. Meantime they’re dancing and thinking about Jaxon, Makiya, and Peyton.

Still, the rainy weather has its own charms. I like the way the drops of water look on the leaves of my hosta.

I’m delighted with the how the lilies are doing. They multiplied since last year and are going to be quite spectacular!

The orange one reminds me of the Tiger Lily which is the official flower of Saskatchewan. I’ve got to keep an eye out and get one of those for the garden too.

This is the third year for this lavender and it’s looking much better this year. It’s nestled in a bed at the front of our house. Right behind it is the clematis; it’s doing extremely well this year compared to last year. Gerry even had put up some new trellis’ for it to climb on.

All in all, I’m generally pleased with how the garden is doing, though I do wish the sun would shine more.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. It’s all so lovely, Linda! I was going to ask if I could borrow your garden, but then I realized you’d just tell me to go and grow my own, and well…that’s probably not going to happen. My thumb is black and blue, mostly from ink and paint. Unfortunately, that won’t feed me…but your garden is truly lovely! Too bad we’re so far away! I’d love to just enjoy it with you!

    1. Ah but Carmen, you have artistic talents I can only dream of!

      And I’d love to have you over for a visit if we could. A glass of cold iced tea on the patio shared with a good friend would be delightful!

  2. Everything looks so fresh and clean there. I’m afraid the recent hot spell here (in the 100s) is causing everything to look a bit peaked. We’re trying our best to keep water on everything.

    I love your new header image. Precious.

    1. If only we could trade…just for a little while, Christine. I could send rain to you and you could send warmer weather to us. I guess we’ll just have to find contentment where we’re planted though.

      Thanks for your comment on the header image too!

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