June has come to us clad in her rich green cloak trimmed with the frothy white of Queen Anne's Lace. The humble yellow and white flowers of honeysuckle sweetly perfume the air while their vines scramble toward the sun. Warm nights showcase the first tentative twinklings of amorous fireflies.
There is one very welcome early June crop, however. Deep crimson strawberries hang heavy from their stems in my Garden Barrels. These are first year plants, but are bearing quite heavily. Every other day, I pick a pound or so of sweet living rubies and tuck what I don't eat still warm from the sun carefully into the freezer so I can enjoy the sweetness of June again in December. It has been a joy to pick clean, perfectly formed berries that never touch the ground while still standing on my own two feet. I have not had to pull a single weed, either. My only chore for this harvest has been to turn the drip system on every other day, and clip the determined runners from the plants so they can put their energy into bearing. I will only take daughter plants from the best producers, and I don't know which ones they are yet.
As the warm days of June meander into the heat of July, the garden's bounty will ebb and flow in an ever-changing tide. The peas will come and go just as the beans are ready to harvest. Tomatoes and peppers will bloom, swell, and ripen. Herbs will put out their fragrant leaves to be harvested and dried for winter.
How can anyone with a garden ever be bored??