June is my favorite month for flowers in the garden. Perhaps that is why brides like it so much? The peonies are hard to beat, but when the oriental and field lilies begin to bloom incandescently, they take the starring role.
ORIENTAL LILLIES – HARDY PERENNIAL BULB
LARKSPUR – A SELF-SEEDING ANNUAL SHARING SPACE WITH PUMPKIN VINES
CLEMATIS – A PERENNIAL THAT LIKES ITS HEAD IN THE SUN AND ROOTS IN THE SHADE
Plants that are self-sufficient make my gardening experience much easier–ones that perennially emerge and those that plant themselves from last season’s seed. I enjoy the color and show and let them grow where it is convenient while spending most of my time on the vegetables and herbs. Flowers among the pumpkins make me smile.
Double Pink Peony
As the peonies slowly “go over” for another season, I want to take a moment to enjoy the sweet scent and pearly beauty of this double pink peony. The aroma is a cross between the rose and carnation, with over-tones of baby powder. If you are fortunate to have doubles of this hardy perennial, you are doubly blessed. The bloom is large with so many layers of petals it resembles a powder puff. The silky sheen of the petals reminds me of the delicate pink interior of an oyster shell.
To enjoy the blooms as cut flowers, gather them early in the day after they have just bloomed. Older blooms quickly disintegrate after being cut. This flower can also be successfully dried for floral wreaths. Also cut only new blooms for drying and quickly hang them upside/down in small clusters using rubber bands to bind them. After fully drying, attach them to wreaths using a hot glue gun. They resemble dried roses.
Peonies transplant well and are not finicky about quality of soil. In order to produce a number of blooms, however, they need full sun to half-day sun. And do not worry about those little brown ants crawling over the blooming heads. The nectar they are gathering causes the seal to break on the flower head to allow the petals to unfurl. God’s creation is perfectly balanced.
TEN THINGS NOT TO DO IN THE END TIMES IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE PROPHECY
- DO NOT RECEIVE CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR
- DO NOT WATCH FOR THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
- DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE MILLIONS WHO DISSAPEAR WERE RAPTURED TO BE WITH CHRIST
- DO NOT BELIEVE THE NEW WORLD ORDER IS THE EVIL, GLOBAL SYSTEM OF THE TRIBULATION
- DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE NEW WORLD ORDER LEADER IS THE ANTICHRIST
- DO NOT “BUG OUT” WHEN THE ANTICHRIST PLACES AN IMAGE OF HIMSELF IN THE JEWISH TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM
- DO NOT REFUSE TO TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST–666
- DO NOT BELIEVE CHRISTIANS WHO SAY THE MARK IS ALLEGIANCE TO SATAN INSTEAD OF YOUR TICKET TO ENTITLEMENTS
- DO NOT BELIEVE THE WORLD IS GOING TO HELL AND SELF-DESTRUCTION WHEN THE WAR, EARTHQUAKES, AND CATASTROPHES KEEP INCREASING.
- DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY DELIVERANCE FROM DESTRUCTION IS THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST–IT IS ALL THE JEWS’ FAULT.
- JOHN 14:6
- LUKE 21:28; TITUS 2:13
- 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:50-58; JOHN 14:1-3
- REVELATION 13; 17; 18
- 2 THESSALONIANS 2:1-12; DANIEL 9:27; DANIEL 7:19-25
- MATTHEW 24:15-21
- REVELATION 13:16-17
- REVELATION 13:18; 14:9-11
- MATTHEW 24:4-8; REVELATION SEALS, TRUMPETS, BOWL JUDGMENTS CHAPTERS 6-19
- MATTHEW 24:22-30; ZECHARIAH 12, 13, 14; REVELATION 12:13-17
TO LEARN MORE:
- SPIRITUAL PREPPING FOR THE RAPTURE by Sharon L. Clemens – Amazon.com, soft cover and digital
- WHEN THE LAMB STANDS – A HANDBOOK FOR THE STUDY OF REVELATION by Sharon L. Clemens. A User-friendly Verse-by-verse Commentary on the Revelation that Unlocks the Last Book of the Bible – Amazon.com, soft cover and digital
Fresh Rhubarb Pies
The rhubarb patch is lush and ready to pick–it must be spring. I spent the morning baking two fresh rhubarb pies for Sunday dinner. These golden brown, sugar-topped pies are tempting me as they cool on the counter–but good things come to those who wait!
[STRAW BALE WITH ZUCHINNI PLANTS, ABOVE]
Breaking ground and preparing the garden beds for planting is on my mind in April. I will be expanding my straw bale gardening this season as last year the results were very positive. My bales produced plenty of zuchinni and even three picnic-sized watermelons. This year I want to plant my tomatoes in bales as well and set out bales in a space in my Grandma’s Garden enclosure to utilize a new spot.
I love the bales because they naturally decompose over the season and are terrific compost for my earth beds. Also, my seeds grow but weeds do not as the bales contain no weed seeds. Heaven!!! That is why I am putting 3 bales in the tomato bed right on top of the soil. No weeds to worry about; just tomato plants.
The hardest part of gardening is breaking ground in the spring. Turning the soil and cultivating it for planting is tough work but breaking new ground through sod and clay is harder. With bales, I just set them where I want. Instant raised bed!!!
To prepare straw bales for planting, put them out now before it is time to plant warm weather seeds and starts. Dose them with nitrogen-rich fertilizer to begin the decomposing process. I also like to add a little good potting soil to the top. Ruffle the top of the bales to receive the fertilizer and soil. Then let the spring rain do its work. By May, the bales will be ready to plant. The internal temperature of the bales will also be higher than the spring ground as decomposition takes place, which encourages new seeds and plants to thrive.
I am fortunate to have neighbors who sell straw bales on their farm. This week, I am paying them a call to pick up about 7 bales. The trip to her farm to pet the dog and cats and visit her straw storage shed is part of the fun.