July Garden Update: Flowers and Vegetables in the Seattle Summer


The garden is humming along nicely. The warm days of Seattle summer are finally here, just like they come every year after the fourth of July. We’re out enjoying the garden, the bees, and all the beautiful new growth. Come see some of what’s growing in Greenlake (and get a sneak preview of what we’ll be cooking up soon).

Intertwingled
Intertwingled

Remember back in April when we planted a ‘wildflowers for the pacific northwest‘ seed mix in a spare garden bed? Well, it’s been quite happy to really put down some roots.

The Flower Seed Mix In Full Swing
The Flower Seed Mix In Full Swing

The bees are loving the mix, and so are we!

Bee Pit Stop
Bee Pit Stop

The acorn squash, planted at the end of May, is really coming into its own. This will have a compact, heavy yield. Can’t wait to start seeing the fruits!

Rather Large Squash Leaves
Rather Large Squash Leaves

Now, look at these towering scarlet runner beans.

Runner Beans in the Sky!
Runner Beans in the Sky!

They’re starting to flower too!

Pretty Little Bean Flowers
Pretty Little Bean Flowers

Up in the raised garden beds, it’s time to get serious about eating lettuce. We have a few kinds going at the moment.

Peter Rabbit's Delight
Peter Rabbit’s Delight

Gosh, the basil is looking quite happy. Some summers, we have trouble with it scorching. Not yet!

Time for Pesto
Time for Pesto

And, the blueberry harvest looks to be JUST around the corner. We may try our hand at blueberry gelato this year. And of course, it’s nice to just wander into the garden and put fresh blueberries on your breakfast oatmeal. Sometimes the simplest meals are perfect.

Blueberries!
Blueberries!

We bought chinese lanterns on a whim at the grocery store last year, and planted them up. Who knew they’d actually come back! We did not. And so were pleasantly surprised. You can see the starts of their pretty little orange lanterns (currently green).

Chinese Lanterns To Be
Chinese Lanterns To Be

A garden full of bees is a garden full of happiness. There’s something so sweet and cheerful about the little furry fellows buzzing about. Here’s some bee balm we put out for them. And it’s pretty to look at the bees’ snack bar, which is a bonus.

More Bee Food
More Bee Food

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7 thoughts on “July Garden Update: Flowers and Vegetables in the Seattle Summer”

  1. What a lovely garden! I used to have a big vegetable garden and seeing your photos makes me miss it! I do have a small herb garden this year, but the location isn’t optimal (although the best available in our new and mostly shady yard). So, I don’t think I’ll have the proliferation of herbs that I’ve been used to in the past! I look forward to hearing what you do with all the bounty in your garden!

    1. How wonderful to hear from you. What types of herbs are you growing? We’d be curious to hear what you’re dreaming up with the little pots of bounty you DO have! Small, shady spaces do require some creativity, don’t they?

      1. I’m growing basil, Italian parsley, rosemary, thyme, chives and sage. I had tarragon too, but it died. Sadly, my herb garden just isn’t thriving in the way I’m used too. I had a nice sunny yard for them at the last house; here, the only space available is a small plot that is just too shady. I may have to resort to pots next year! I just love running out to snip a bit of this and that as I’m cooking. I find the sage and rosemary will keep going right until they’re covered with snow. I love the smell of fresh herbs in the kitchen!

      2. Totally hear you on fresh herbs in the kitchen. And pots are a great way to go. They’re great insulators and you can drag them into the sun to follow its rays a bit more. Post some recipe of things you make with them!

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