Winding down…

Things are sort of winding down in the garden. The cucumbers are done, although the tomatoes and okra are still going. This cosmos volunteer just began blooming. It is so gorgeous and the only one I’ve had of this color… I can’t remember if the cosmos was this color last year, but the others I’ve…

Two more days…

If I heard the weather report right we have two more days of summer weather, which is great news for us as that means two more swim days before we have to put the pool up. H toyed with the idea of getting a pool heater, but the good ones are quite pricey. With a…

The magic of mint…

I went out front this morning and was again amazed to see all the winged creatures climbing over the mint blossoms. I had no idea mint blooms were so popular… …or so delicious…they must be full of good stuff… Moths, bees, butterflies, giant flies, several kinds of wasps…it’s clear to see they’re all loving it……

Another day…

Been up since 5:30 a.m., mostly doing things around the house and outside. I got a few sunflower heads cut. One of my largest didn’t get dry on the back side and was molding so I’m hoping it will now that I’ve stuck it on a table by the pool. It’s fairly windy again to…

The end of summer…

I went outside to enjoy the fall weather and noticed Turtle running through the yard with something in her mouth, Yoyo right behind her. It was a snake. I got to watch her eat this garter (some call it gardener) snake 3 times! Yes, 3 times! It crawled out twice! This is the third snake…

The beautiful days…

Apologies for missing nearly a whole week of posting. I am in the middle of preparing to head out of town again. Between that and the holiday, I haven’t had much time to post. Outdoors the weather is gorgeous, such beautiful weather every day. I’m a bit sad to be heading south where it is…

September bundle…

I’d been planning to put a garden bundle together for several days. Today it finally happened. I started with a blank canvas, of course. A lovely old cotton napkin and a basket of clippings… Bug adventures with the ducks have been interesting of late. I’m having a hard time not feeling bummed about the fogger…

A heavy morning…

I woke up this morning with some things on my mind. They bothered me for quite a while, as it’s a problem I’m not sure what to do about. One of those things that seems to plague you throughout life, something where there’s a tendency to blame others for the situation, but if you look…

August…

August has been my favorite month so far this year. Everything in the garden has flourished, from tomatoes to sunflowers to kittens and ducks. It is so amazing watching the transformation of the flowers from this… To this… These Mammoth sunflowers are staying true to their name, the heads are so big and heavy. The…

Willow and what not…

My day was an unplanned busy one. I ran errands…store for a few groceries, hayseed store for more duck grain…and to return a big bag of grain infested with bugs…weevils???…that are all over my house now…gas since H had left the car on E plus new windshield fluid which was also on E…and thrift shop….

Much to do…

I took last week off as I just was not in writing mode. I have been busy with the garden, of course. Here’s proof… That batch is from over a week ago. The carrots are long since eaten…yum…along with the okra and that big Soldacki tomato there on the lower right. I have a gallon…

Pure bliss…

Today feels like fall. The weather is so perfect, 70s, a gentle breeze, that I had the strong desire to take off my dress and walk around in the garden naked. I probably should have, but I have neighbors. I do have a fenced-in yard. I probably should have. We have loads of tomatoes. For…