All of those cold winter days are now just an unpleasant memory.  June has arrived, and with it – the farm has come alive with beautiful blooms, buzzing bees, growing grapes, clucking chickens -and a growing garden!

The clematis in full bloom
The clematis in full bloom

As we try to do once a month during the colorful spring, summer and fall months – today’s post is all about photo’s from the farm.

Before we get to the pictures – just a quick note to let everyone know that we will have a special post out tomorrow with full details of our upcoming Hometalk Meet-up and Great-Gardening Event scheduled for July 27th at Wilson’s Garden Center in Newark, Ohio.   The event is part of the Hometalk Meet-Up Series – giving viewers and readers a chance to meet up with bloggers such as Mary and I and share our experiences.  The event will also coincide with a tour and open house at Old World Garden Farms, immediately following the meet-up – located just a few miles down the road from Wilson’s beautiful Garden Center.  All are welcome to attend – and look for tomorrows post with full details of the event!

So with that said – below are the farm in pictures for June of 2013!

Happy Gardening! – Mary and Jim

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The view from the barn pergola up to the garden - the transplanted grasses have really begun to fill in during their second year of growth.
The view from the barn pergola up to the garden – the transplanted grasses have really begun to fill in during their second year of growth.
The wave petunias in the front baskets at the farm are in full bloom
The wave petunias in the front baskets at the farm are in full bloom
Clematis starts to climb up the posts of the upper pergola area.
Clematis starts to climb up the posts of the upper pergola area.
The chickens are enjoying their new home - including their shad patio we added in back.
The chickens are enjoying their new home – including their shade patio we added in the back to give them a break from the sun.
3 of our chickens have somehow discovered it is fun to escape the free range area each day and explore. The same 3 every time!
3 of our chickens have somehow discovered it is fun to escape the free range area each day and explore. The same 3 every time!
Catching us off guard - we had our first two eggs laid this week by the new chicks. They are only approaching 15 weeks old - and usually don't start laying until week 18 or so. It was early enough that we didn't even have straw in the egg boxes yet!
Catching us off guard – we had our first two eggs laid this week by the new chicks. They are only approaching 15 weeks old – and usually don’t start laying until week 18 or so. It was early enough that we didn’t even have straw in the egg boxes yet!
The new bee hive is doing well...we added another honey super to the hive this week as the bees continue to work the flowers and blooms.
The new bee hive is doing well…we added another honey super to the hive this week as the bees continue to work the flowers and blooms.
The Stella de Oro Daylillies are opening up all over the farm - they are such a great all purpose landscaping plant. Easy to divide, low maintenance and very drought tolerant.
The Stella de Oro Daylillies are opening up all over the farm – they are such a great all purpose landscaping plant. Easy to divide, low maintenance and very drought tolerant.
The purple cabbage is already starting to form small heads
The purple cabbage is already starting to form small heads
There is nothing like eating fresh snow pea pods right out of the garden!
There is nothing like eating fresh snow pea pods right out of the garden!
The tomatoes and peppers are dark green and growing what seems to be an inch or two a day now - it won't be long!
The tomatoes and peppers are dark green and growing what seems to be an inch or two a day now – it won’t be long!
The beginnings of the vineyard! The poles are up - and the grapes have have grown up to the 2nd training line. We will be putting in the wire and securing in the coming weeks.
The beginnings of the vineyard! The poles are up – and the grapes have have grown up to the 2nd training line. We will be putting in the wire and securing in the coming weeks.
The natural rock retaining wall behind the barn. All of the transplants have really taken hold now in year 2. We also have added rock paths to the garden and coop to make it easier to get around.
The natural rock retaining wall behind the barn. All of the transplants have really taken hold now in year 2. We also have added rock paths to the garden and coop to make it easier to get around.
We have finally put together the charcoal box for the outdoor kitchen - now all that is left is to finish the trim...and cook! :)
We have finally put together the charcoal grill box for the outdoor kitchen – now all that is left is to finish the  trim and base brick work…and then cook on it! 🙂
These buttercups are a transplant from my mom's house last fall - and it is so nice to see them taking hold!
These buttercups are a transplant from my mom’s house last fall – and it is so nice to see them taking hold!
The zucchini and cucumber straw bale crates are really taking off - they are loaded with blooms!
The zucchini and cucumber straw bale crates are really taking off – they are loaded with blooms!
The hanging baskets on the porch. We add lots of compost to our potting soil, and it really seems to give the baskets and pots a boost!
The hanging baskets on the pergola patio are starting to flow over the sides. We add lots of compost to our potting soil, and it really seems to give the baskets and pots a boost!

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