Friday, September 19, 2014

September Already ? WARNING! A Gazillion Pictures :)

Summer is almost over and I'm still wishing it would last a lot longer. I'm feeling this  has been the shortest summer ever..... at least for me. 
Staying cold and wet so late this Spring and early Summer sure didn't help any and then getting injured in mid- July and being pretty much down for the next 4 or 5 weeks only made it appear even shorter. 
Now here it is only mid- September and fall like weather has been hanging around for a couple of weeks and appears to be here to stay. :(
I thought my back injury was minor and would heal itself in a few weeks with therapy. However the back is not cooperating at all. About the time I think we are making progress .... I move ever so slightly the wrong direction (and it's never the same way twice ? ) and boom we are back at nearly the beginning.  We are having a surgical consult in October and we'll see what happens then. 
This is why there haven't been many garden post this summer. Not much gardening going on this year :( 
With the cooler and wetter summer the flower gardens have been absolutely beautiful...if a little weedier than normal.

 With the late and colder Spring I was beginning to wonder if we would have any Passion Vines this year... but they finally showed up ♥

I bought a new wind chime for the fish pond...but ended up moving it to the deck. Because the glass was green and it just blended in with all of the plants. I'm in the process of making a blue one though. Found an old bottle cutter at a thrift store and it works great :) 
 The "Naked Ladies"   aka "Surprise Lilies" aka " Magic Lilies" were the best ever this year. What do you call them in your part of the world? 
 The Blackeyed Susan's  really loved the weather and their new home .
My giant Sunflower was spectacular...that is until a big storm came through and knocked it down. We tried to brace it back up but it was a no go and I eventually had to cut it down completely...so sad.  
 The smaller front bed next to the porch was very nice all summer and still looks good...
 .... and you can never go wrong with Zenna's  and they just keep right on blooming til the very end ♥
 Just a small section of the other side of the porch flower bed. 
 The Marshmallows when they were at their best. They are still blooming but not as many now... they loved the weather this year and are over 10 ft tall. 
 Looking down at the fish pond from the deck...
 ... and a closer look at some of the water plants. 

Two of the three apple trees were loaded this year and we'll have applesauce for the winter and probably longer 
 So far I have made 18 quarts of applesauce and 8 pints of apple butter and that is just off the first tree. The second tree is now ready but I'm not sure that I am  :/ .


 At one point I had 3 pans cooking at once but that ended up being too much to handle. 

This year I planted more milkweed and we had more Monarchs than we've had in years...

...and now I have caterpillars everywhere :) 





Hopefully next year will even bring more Monarchs and other butterflies. 
Today I'm trying my hand at making my own fermented hot sauce...since the one thing I do have lots of from the veggie garden is hot peppers...



Hopefully it will turn out at least usable :) 
So this is what happens when I don't post often....you get a gazillion pictures all at once :) It could have been worse.... I did leave out a whole lot of them LOL! 
Catch ya all later.... 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

T for Tuesday------ "SummerTime"


Hi Elizabeth!! 
I finally made it back :) It's been forever since I've posted here or even on this blog . I guess I'm just not as wordy as I used to be. :) 
It's Summer Time here! Hot summer nights and lots of yummy things from the garden or Farmers Markets . 
:) 
It's really been an amazing summer here...cooler than normal ... and the garden has done very well. What didn't get eaten by the deer that is. The flower gardens are what make me happiest though.













Today I emptied the dehydrator and filled it back up.... Lots of herbs for teas and tinctures ...YUMMMMM....


There's my drink ...an herbal iced tea that I've become totally addicted to this summer :) 
Stuffed  zucchini for supper and that's my post for 
T for Tuesday

Grab button for T stands for Tuesday


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leaving you with Janis :) 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

June ALREADY ?

June
It's hard to believe that it's the middle of June already....where did the time go? 
I'm still trying to get things planted around here :(  Winter lasted forever and now the Spring rains seem to be here to stay. The bright side being that what is planted is thriving :) 

The Iris were spectacular this year....even the bed that is totally over crowded.



I have started thinning it out now and starting new beds with the left overs. Also giving some to friends and co-workers. 


These are two of my favorites.... there are a whole lot more but we'll move on to other plants for now. 


 The bleeding hearts were really full for the first time. This is a relatively young plant and the last two summers have been very hard on it. 



The Wisteria has totally recovered from the accidental Round-Up spray the hubs gave it. Last year I thought it was a goner but it was beautiful this spring and really loaded with blooms. 



I was gifted a beautiful Purple Columbine from Mother Nature. It just showed up in one of the flowerbeds at the head of the driveway. It bloomed for weeks this year and now I'm collecting seeds from it to hopefully have more plants up by the house where I can enjoy them more. 



I said I wasn't going to do any plotted flowers this year....the heat and drought of  the past two summers was too much for potted flowers. But I just couldn't stop myself. 


Two weeks of the spring were spent taking care of a rescued baby robin ...






Let me tell you I have a new appreciation for the hard work of Bird Parents. Baby birds eat a lot and very often!

He wasn't too sure at first about being free to fly away. After about 15 minutes of thinking about it he finally flew off. I hope he's happy and doing well :) 
 The herbs are over ready to be harvested and I promise to do that tomorrow. 

And last but not least...the new front bed is starting to fill out well and will soon be full of blooms. So that's where  the garden is right now... waiting for blooms and waiting for the final plants to go into the ground. 
In the meantime I'm getting ready to start some new perennials in pots to be transplanted to the flower beds in the early fall. I'm trying very hard to start most of my own flowers and veggies ...so I know for a fact that I'm not accidentally poisoning the bees with plants treated with insecticides. It scares me on how few honey bees I see in the garden this year. 
Leaving you with this thought for today