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Garden Journal June 4th Update

Garden Journal June 4th Update for Flower Patch Farmhouse, lots going on in the garden this week!

Garden Journal June 4th update in the Flower Patch Farmhouse gardens is live! So much is changing so fast it is hard to keep up with but I am trying.

I am learning so much from this journal and figuring out along the way what I need to do to make it simpler to maintain my garden better.

Don’t have time to read this now, PIN for later Garden Journal June 4th

The Iris are in their full glory and shine this first week of June.  The roses are delayed because of some late cold weather but will soon be blooming but I have had some beetles that have made a mess of them so I need to get tough and give them a quick prune back so they will bloom again without all the chew holes.

This is my back garden AKA Secret Garden. You can see my Hummingbird Bath fountain that has been great at attracting beneficials to my garden.  I have spotted all sorts of birds, bees and butterflies finding it and using it.  Check it out to see how I built it, if you haven’t already.

Garden Journal June 4th

My compression software is making a mess of my overall photos and I am not sure why.  But it is extremely blurry, the originals are not like this but they are just too high of a resolution. But you get the general idea of what is going on.  The video may be better for you to see the real beauty.

Looking down to my Flower Patch Cottage.  My goal here is to move the stepping stones a bit to the right and add more roses to the side garden.  Garden Journal June 4th

Out front is a jungle but I have been digging out the very front bed so we can replace the retaining wall.  It has been a lot of work for this old back so I am taking it in increments.

The ugly compost pile has a bunch of pumpkin seedlings on top, my hop is they will take off and cover this with big fat green leaves and some pumpkins.  I will keep you posted on how well that is doing.

Garden Journal June 4th

My veggie garden is pitiful!  I had several seedlings coming up of green beans, cucumbers and sugar snap peas and the doggone blue jays pulled them all up.  So I have to replant.  I will put little cages on top to protect them this time around but it sure puts my garden behind schedule.

So now that you have seen the disarray I will share some up close beauty.
One of my new Iris. I need to look up all the names so I can identify them for you, I just have not had the time.


This is one I have had and always enjoy. It opens a bit later than some so it shines while others are fading away.

Iris purple edge yellow beard

I posted this next one on Instagram and related that I knew it was named Huckleberry something and a follower graciously reminded me that it is called Huckleberry Fudge.  I am so glad she did. It makes sense.

Huckleberry Fudge Iris

These are just a few of my Iris.  I will do another post on just Iris soon.  I have so much to share and so little time.

I have been power-washing my house, decks and front porch. I will share all that and let you know what I use that works great and is easy to maneuver.

You can watch the garden tour video here..Garden Tour June 4th

Happy Gardening!

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Thursday 20th of September 2018

what kind of heater do you have in your greenhouse..Love all the beautiful pictures of your flowers and gardens..


Thursday 20th of September 2018

I don't use a heater. It would just cost too much to heat. I rely only on the sun and radiant heat from it.

Peggy Z

Saturday 16th of June 2018

Oh My! I am so sorry for your husband. Ribs hurt so bad and seems like forever toget past the pain. Your garden is looking beautiful. I am smitten withyour gorgeous iris. Isn’t it awful weeding is always a chore? We have a big garden this year and just the hoeing to get ahead of the weeds makes us ready for a nap. Thank you for the tour!


Tuesday 19th of June 2018

What makes weeding even harder when the weeds are actually beautiful flowers that have reseeded themselves into beds I had not intended them to be. I am too sentimental and can't seem to make myself yank them out right away. Then they get in the way and I am more than willing to pull them yet I find it depressing. :)


Wednesday 13th of June 2018

Hi Pam, your garden is starting to bloom beautifully. Mine too. We had such a long winter and the snow, heavier than most years, killed some of my beautiful flowers which I haven’t managed to recover :-( Nevertheless, my most resilient flowers are all starting to bloom: fuchsias, margheritas, and hydrangeas. I love your Iris. They are stunning. I have dainty ones. I can’t wait to see the progress in your garden. I always love your Summer photos, so colourful and lush.


Wednesday 13th of June 2018

thank you Marina. I try to just enjoy the good and not dwell on the trials in my garden, but I am craving order in my garden. The journal is really helping me to get a handle on how I can do that so though it looks quite the disaster when I review it I can see the end of the tunnel. My roses are really looking bad right now, which is a disappointment. Most likely from the cold, warm then back to cold cycle this winter/spring.


Tuesday 12th of June 2018

I love looking at your garden pictures. I have a thing for Iris. I have several colors and blooming times, but no pink ones. After seeing yours I thing I will be adding pink ones. I don't know how to put pictures or videos on line so I can't send pics of my garden. I do want to send a little warning to other gardeners, I have been told by my doctor that I have a bad case of Lyme Disease, it has caused me to go deaf, ache constantly, and be so tired after just an hour in the garden. I thought that I was covered and I sprayed bug repellent But the Ticks got me on my head in my hair. Please everyone be careful. I love my garden still, it keeps me going.


Wednesday 13th of June 2018

I am so sorry Janice about your ailment. My mom has it too. I did not think about the tick getting into my hair. I take a hot bath nightly after being in the garden just so I can check for ticks but now I will also run my hands over my scalp. I have long hair so it would not be hard for them to latch on and crawl to my scalp. The garden is such a great respite from our trials.

Laura Harrie

Tuesday 12th of June 2018

The Irises are beautiful and your garden areas are coming along. Give it all time, it will happen. Hope your husband heals quickly from the fall.


Wednesday 13th of June 2018

I am telling myself the same, and keeping this journal has really helped me to get ideas on how to tame the chaos. I can see what I need to add, take away and am excited to tackle one small project at a time. Thank you for the kind note about my husband, he actually was able to sleep in the bed last night and that is great progress from having to sleep in his recliner. :)

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