Summer is here. We’re out working in the garden most evenings and always looking outside while we work during the day; it’s that time of year. Tonight while my husband and younger son discussed the garden and lawn behind the house (still very wild since our house was built nearly three years ago), I quickly documented the changes in some of the fruit-bearing bushes and trees that we’ve planted over the last couple of years. We have young fruit!
First was the Serviceberry, which I see has a bit of a bug infestation on some of the young berries.
Next was one of the half dozen Manchu Cherries that we planted two years ago. These have been growing vigorously and look beautiful; it’s easy to see the kind of fruit-bearing hedge they should become over the next few years. I think I squealed when I noticed that we actually have a bit of fruiting happening this year.
My third stop was the Red Currant we put in as a sort of test, to anchor a large rock on the windowless eastern corner of the house, next to a large, curving vegetable bed. It has been extremely happy in such a sheltered place (the wind whips across the vegetable bed, which wraps around and is, therefore, largely unprotected by the house, forcing us to make use of makeshift tunnels and cloches to protect transplants), so we will plan to add some companion plants.
It’s so reassuring to see these plants thriving and it’s always good to stand back and look at what is becoming of our small efforts.
Older son arrived home from work as we were winding down on the porch.
Younger son continued the conversation with his Dad about the back garden, and Reggie seemed to listen in.