Home & Garden: Beginning of June

June arrived with a few really hot and humid days and even severe thunder storm warnings, but we didn’t get any.

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One of the first things we did when going out the back door was look over to the baker’s rack and check the progress of the robins. Once the babies had left the nest it was always bare. Robins abandon the nest after the babies leave, so now it looks like a bird is still there. I didn’t have the heart to remove the nest, so I went shopping around the garden and found a bird ornament that fit perfectly on the nest.

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I have another robin nest that was used years ago over the front light. This one was removed and it has always been on the shelf in the garage. I set it on a shelf on the garden workbench and found another bird ornament to sit in it. So much nicer to be on display than on a shelf in the garage. There is also another bird ornament sitting on a little clay dish that resembles a nest.

There are lots of blooms in the garden. June is bursting out all over.

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The wild columbine put on a lovely show of blooms.

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Begonias in a big pot in the shady front garden. Some coleus are planted here too.

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The first of the daylilies are blooming.

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I love yellow iris and they are gorgeous this year.

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I use tomato cages to support the peonies, put them in just after the shoots appear

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I read the latest book in the series of Sgt. Windflower, All That Glitters. My review of it is here. This is the 13th book in the series by Canadian author Mike Martin and is set in Newfoundland. I highly recommend this series.

All That Glitters a Sgt. Windflower mystery series by Canadian author Mike Martin
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Find a yummy recipe to cook.

Asparagus has been in season. We purchase ours from Willowcreek Farm and Sue, one of the owners, shared her recipe for potato asparagus soup. I made it at the beginning of the week and it was so delicious. Here is the recipe if you want to make your own.

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I’ve been working on a new embroidery project from Clever Poppy called The Gardening Bee.

The Gardening Bee embroidery at craftygardener.ca

I received some fun mail from New Zealand this week … a confident maker bag and a super confident needle minder.

The Gardening Bee embroidery at craftygardener.ca

I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.

Grab your favourite tea or coffee and have a ‘brew’tiful day.

What is blooming in your garden as June starts?

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15 Responses

  1. Gail

    Beautiful garden blooms! Isn’t this a glorious time of year in the garden? That embroidery is perfect for you. Do you stitch outside in your garden?

  2. Ivani

    Lovely project to stitch while your own garden is blooming so beautifully.

  3. CathieJ

    I love the variety of stitches in your new embroidery project. It is so pretty. I like the idea of using a bird ornament in the abandoned robin’s nest. Your displays are wonderful to look at. You certainly have quite the variety of beautiful flowers. I love seeing all the varieties. Enjoy your stitching!

  4. Vondean Erickson

    Such beautiful flowers. I have beautiful roses but miss all the rest of my flowers I had back home.
    The soup sounds so good and will have to try it.
    Suppose to get very warm here today. It cools off late afternoon and evening.

    As you know I enjoy your website. Have a good day.

    • Crafty

      Our roses are just budding now, perhaps we will have some blooms next week. Have a lovely weekend.

  5. Julie G

    Hi Linda I like your reuse of the Robin nests it looks perfect. Your stitching is looking nice to. We are enjoying warm weather here in the UK though the ground is very dry, i don’t grow any strawberries myself but we apparently have a bumper crops up and down the country because of the weather. 😀

    • Crafty

      It’s very dry here Julie, so many areas have total fire bans in place and there are so many forest fires. Enjoy the weekend.

  6. Kim

    June certainly is bustin’ out all over at your lovely place! Gorgeous flowers abound! How pretty your embroidery project is. Such exquisite stitching!

  7. Debbie- Dabble

    I have columbine that keeps reseeding itself on my front slope…It originally came from a neighbor’s yard and is now slowly, each Season, working it’s way across my slope which is just fine with me!! It really has a pretty flower when it blooms…Your embroidery is just stunning!! So pretty!! Thanks so much for stopping by…I appreciate you taking the time to do so….I hope you have a great weekend and that you do not have too many issues from the wild fires there…

    • Crafty

      I got my first columbine from my mother in law many years ago, it is a wild one that she probably transplanted. They are so pretty. How nice yours are multiplying. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Enjoy the weekend.

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