From the baby birds leaving their nests to the abundance of beautiful blooms, it sure feels like summer is near—and the recent weather suggests that just might be true.

Here are the farm, the arrival of June means the gardens are all nearly planted, with the cucumbers, lettuces and other greens all thriving in addition to the pea vines inching up their trellises and the fragrant herbs growing in abundance in the Walled Garden.

Warm weather plants such as the tomatoes and peppers are ready to go in the hoop house, with the eggplant and summer squash starts to follow. We’ve begun checking the raspberries to see if any are ripening, but we will have to be patient as those look to still be a month out. In the meantime, we will enjoy the peonies as they start their vibrant season as well as the first flush of English roses in bloom.

Around the rest of the farm, the animals are enjoying a ‘spa day’ to brush out the last of their thick winter undercoats, while Dave and Beth Richards of JohnnyAppleBeez will soon come to retrieve their OMB houses from the orchards, which will be filled with the cocoons of baby bees; the Richards will help these bees become next year’s crop pollinators.

As the summer season gets under way, we are also kept busy planting both veggies and herbs for kitchen gardens and summer color in beds and borders for our Parterre clients, and then with the special events and weddings happening here at Bella Luna and at our Fall City venue, The Sweetbriar. We love hosting gatherings big and small, and would love to host your family and friends at either site for your next celebration.

Enjoy this most pleasant start to June and hope to see you here at the farm soon!

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