My June Garden in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia


June is the Garden of Eden time here, while the plants are still fresh and new and the Japanese beetles haven’t yet arrived. Dewy mornings filled with glowing flowers and bird song are a little piece of heaven. Our rich green valley reminds me of the Shire with the hobbits, especially in June. Loveliness surrounds us. Then as summer advances and the heat, usually drought, and bad bugs settle in gardening is less idyllic. Although, some summers are much kinder than others. This one will be glorious.

(Shirley poppies and larkspur)

Pollinators are all over the garden. After unusually heavy rain for days the sun has finally reappeared. Bees and butterflies love forget-me-nots. These are the Chinese variety below.

“The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.” ~Jeff Cox

“It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not.” ~W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish, 1936

The first coneflower in bloom. Echinacea.

“You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.” ~Author Unknown

“I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.” ~John Erskine


The breadseed poppy is beginning to bloom. Papaver somniferum.

“In my garden I spend my days; in my library I spend my nights. My interests are divided between my geraniums and my books. With the flower I am in the present; with the book I am in the past.” ~Alexander Smith, “Books and Gardens,” Dreamthorp: A Book of Essays Written in the Country, 1863

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ~Cicero



Beautiful rose-red buckwheat blooming in the garden above, covered with pollinators. White coriander is flowering beside the barley.

“Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps;
Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvest reaps.”
~A. Bronson Alcott, “The Garden,” Tablets, 1868

Children also inhabit my garden. These are three of my creative grandkids and this is some of what becomes of my Amazon boxes. Cardboard weapons and protective gear for wars against Orks and other great dangers. They even made a crossbow.

Imagination blooms in the garden.

I think on the latest book I’m writing while I’m weeding, and develop the plots. Sometimes, I just ‘am’ while I muse with the earth. The garden is a good place to ‘be’.

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6 responses to “My June Garden in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

  1. Thank you for sharing. Such beautiful photos and the on point quotes.

    Love love love

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  2. I love your photos, Beth. They bring me peace and tranquility and I so appreciate you sharing them with us. So nice to see your grandchildren have imagination and creativity. How could they not in your family?

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  3. You have beautiful gardens. Your grandkids have a great imagination.

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  4. As always, Beth, your garden photos and post is lovely. Thank you for sharing with us! Your garden is definitely a magical place your grandchildren will always cherish. Definitely a “gift from the Heart”, for your family to always have fond memories of you and all your hard work you put into it.

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