We have been on a plant­ing orgy around here. Not only is this the time of year when most of the veg­etable seeds and seedlings go into the potager, we have also embarked on a major cam­paign to add more shrubs—particularly flow­er­ing shrubs—to the property.

Sophie and Sarah inspect the veg­etable plant­i­ngs in the potager.

Thank good­ness Harry is a good sport and has a strong back and good endurance. The hard­pan clay soil we have here in South­ern Mary­land makes dig­ging new beds and plant­ing trees and shrubs a major week­end endeavor.

The wis­te­ria on the fence is get­ting there. The peonies won’t be far behind.

And I’m so tired, that’s it. The end.

(If you click on the pho­tos you can embiggen them and see more details.)


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9 Responses to “Revving Up for Summer”

  1. Frances Says:

    It looks beau­ti­ful already, Robin. I love the wisteria/peony combo. Your lit­tle dogs are so sweet and cute.

  2. Keith, aka Bricky Says:

    Wow! I dream about an end result like your gar­den. Some­how the results of my labours never seem to look as good!

  3. Africanaussie Says:

    Oh i could so eas­ily sit and drink a cup of tea on that bench. It is all look­ing lovely.

  4. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    Too bad you’re too busy to sit in your gar­den, the girls seem to be enjoy­ing its ambi­ence. You’ve got me han­ker­ing after a picket fence on which to grow Wisteria.

  5. Dee/reddirtramblings Says:

    So pretty. Love your lit­tle girls too.~~Dee

  6. Diana/Sharingnaturesgarden Says:

    How lovely it all looks, Robin. Desn’t it feel good to add big “bones” to the gar­den? I can’t wait to hear what you’ll be cook­ing from the potager.

  7. commonweeder Says:

    We are mov­ing into high gear here, too. We are get­ting a new fence around our ‘potager’ but it is strictly util­i­tar­i­ans — to keep out the deer. There can never be too many flow­er­ing shrubs.

  8. Andrew @ Garden Tips Says:

    I have a ques­tion — Do you treat your wooden bench and your raised bed edges with any preservatives?

    They look in remark­ably good con­di­tion but appear to have not been treated

  9. Robin Ripley Says:


    The wooden bench is made from untreated cedar. I don’t do any­thing to the bench to care for it. Per­haps I should? I do keep the wooden legs from touch­ing the ground though. The bench is sit­ting on stone pavers.

    The raised beds also are made from 4″ x 4″ untreated cedar posts. They were dif­fi­cult to find–and expen­sive. But they have held up well for more than 6 years now.

    Thanks for visiting.


Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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