Plenty of Thyme

Built a greenhouse (of a kind) after all these years of indecision on the matter. Since we are on a cliff by the sea and the wind can be ferocious, we decided on a well insulated cedar shed that doubles as a greenhouse. The plan is to build a large sunken cold frame up against the front of it. This should be all we need for winter gardening and starting plants in the spring. I’m completely in love with my new combined greenhouse and potting shed. It’s roomy in there, enough room for a plant table, a potting bench, a wall of shelves, and two chairs. It makes a nice little hide-away too.

Greenhouse Shed (window side)

Greenhouse Shed (door side)

The view from the hillside garden.

The view from the hill. (hillside garden)

Opening Soon (front garden)

Flowering Chicks and Hens

Chicks and Hens flowering (front garden)

Chicks and Hens flowering (front garden)

The Spiral Path

Abundance (spiral garden)

Plenty of Thyme

Plenty of Time (spiral garden)

Under Construction (spiral garden)

Bachelor Buttons

Bachelor Buttons (front garden)

There was been no sun for the entire month of June and temperatures never rose above the 60s during the day and much colder at night. The June weather was like April with no sunny days. July is like May with a few sunny nice days in the 70s and still too much rain. The garden is doing surprisingly well considering the bizarre weather. We are currently feasting on an abundance of cucumbers, raspberries, parsley, garlic, basil, onions, mache, lettuces, purslane, dandelion leaves, nasturtium flowers, strawberries, radishes, beets, chicory, chives, and more. The rhubarb was ridiculously productive this year and is now finished up. Tomatoes, squash, and hot peppers coming up soon! We may or may not get figs and blueberries this year. It’s too soon to tell. The beans look less than promising. Avocados, lemons, and limes are the only produce I have purchased in the last four months.


The one eyed garden gnome and other scenes.

I feel as old as dirt now but that’s okay because I really like dirt. I’ve been spending all of my free time playing in it. This has been an unusually cold spring and is turning out to be a ridiculously cold wet summer. I’ve been constructing a spiral garden. Stone creatures meet live critters for fun and mischief. Th garden is over-run with cheeky chipmunks. They tear through my compost, dig up my plants, steal shells, make holes in the stone wall, and torment Little Nemo. Who need TV?

New Friends

He shows his true face in this one.

Double Trouble

Post Sedum

Peeking Out


Spiral Garden


Chives and Pinks

Poppies and Tulips


TheĀ  compost bins C.P. made for me out of our old deck wood.