Garden Report – June 6th

And God said, "It is good."

Volunteers from Hancock, Lexington Catholic Community and Pilgrim and St. Nicholas.

Weather was beautiful—sunny and warm.

Good news! Water is back at the barn! The leak in the underground water line was discovered and repaired. That will make all things easier–from washing off tools, cleaning off produce to watering!

Tuesdays are generally about planting, weeding and watering. Yesterday was no exception. Among the new plantings were basil, a squash hill and artichokes. Yes, artichokes! In my ignorance, I never thought artichokes were amenable to New England summers. And I certainly don’t

know what the plant looks like. I’m torn between Googling for pictures, or waiting to be amazed to see how the plant develops. I’m still remembering the wonderment of discovering asparagus plants.

Garden Blessing

Laurel and Carla shared the importance of milkweed plants for butterflies. Both of them recently had heard a presentation from The Herb Farmacy (at the Lex Garden Club??) and this was among the issues discussed. Apparently milkweed is a very important source of sustenance for butterflies, but human development has decimated its habitat and helped put the butterfly, especially monarchs, at risk. And so in deference to butterflies, Carla asked Laurel plant some milkweed she picked up at the pharmacy.

This was the first time I have worked since our Garden Blessing ceremony last month. As you may recall we
extended a general invitation to all present to provide their blessings on blank garden markers that would be used in the future to label our plants. It was fun yesterday to discover them, but I only had time to read a few. But what I read confirmed that the warmth and good cheer of that pleasant mid-May afternoon continues to envelop the garden and its workers!

I wish the picture were clearer. The blessing is wonderful…it reads “May only good things emerge—both from the soil and in the gardener’s life who find this.”

The next time you stop by, take a look and share in the blessing!
Garden Blessing

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