In My Garden (My Other Studio)

Happy June! Here the day dawned cold. In the 30s. High 30s, but still. We've been having such wacky weather.

And yet things are growing. Like these lovely ferns I transplanted last year. They looked terrible after I moved them from behind the garage, but this spring they are glorious.

ferns, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

More flowers are blooming each day. Bachelor Buttons.

bachelor buttons, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

The first roses.

pink rose, rugosa, Therese Bugnet, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

(And do you see that caterpillar on the rose leaf? They seem to be everywhere this spring; they rain down from the trees in the backyard).

I harvested the first greens of the year.

garden greens, lettuce, arugula, mesclun, metal colander, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

And am looking forward to other harvests.

radishes, garden, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

snap peas, pea flower, garden, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

strawberries, garden, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

There are even irises.

purple iris, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

Opening up just in time.

Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry, Iris botanical watercolor, watercolor calendar, botanical calendar

What seasonal joys have you been discovering lately?


  1. A big orange poppy bloomed this weekend - the roses are about to bloom & I have what I think may be a "perennial' bachelor button as it comes back each year & always surprises me. Are those greens wild or "cultivated"?

    1. Poppies are some of Matthias' favorite flowers! I have one little poppy plant (actually, it might be 2) that my mom grew from seed last year. The seedling in my garden didn't do anything at all last year, but it was one of the first things to start growing this spring. There's a tiny flower bud coming now and I can't wait to see what it looks like. I don't know what variety it is.

      I think bachelor buttons reseed themselves easily. I have some plants coming up that I think are such volunteers.

      The greens were cultivated. Some I planted directly in my raised beds (musclun and arugula) and some from lettuce seedlings my mom grew at the farm and I transplanted here.

  2. Your photos are amazing. I love the one of the radish. It is my favorite. The Iris is the next favorite. You are so very creative in your work.
    Beautiful. :-)

    1. Thanks so much, Carla! The squirrel disturbed the bed where I planted the radishes so my nice rows are kind of wiggly now, but I'll be able to harvest some soon even so!

      Your kind comments really brighten my day!

  3. so much pretty! do you recall the name of that iris? Because, WOW.

    1. I have no idea what variety it is. But I'm happy to see it blooming again this spring. I usually have no luck with irises.

  4. Eating from the garden here too.
    The best kind of food.

    1. My comment was gobbled up yesterday! Your garden looks lovely and productive. I hope you get lots from it this year. :-)

    2. :( sorry about the comment gobbling!

      Thanks so much, Simone! So far so good. It's been a weird spring, though.

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    1. Thanks so much, Aga! My garden is my constant joy!


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