Friday, July 22, 2016

Edibles and not so edibles:)



























It's quite a summer here..shhhh..knock on wood...

The herbs are so happy!
 As the hydrangeas are..
..the first to bloom are always the Annabelles..piles of them..everywhere..so many we will have to remove some..yet again..
they are what summer afternoons are all about~

The hydrangeas you see w/ Maggie the Lilies peeking out ..also harbor an obelisk type structure..where a clematis scampers up and weaves it's way in the hydrangeas..:)

I thought this book..Edible Paradise..a coloring book would be good for me to learn to draw edible shapes..like the other few coloring books I have but don't color in..
It's a sweet book.

When I pick herbs..for our meal..there are always extra..put them in  a vase w/ water..they are like flowers and will stay fresh until the next day..at least.

I made pesto that day..a huge handful of basil,garlic..parm cheese ,s and p..and pine nuts..just a small container full for a pasta dish the next day.Just put it all in a food processor..

We have had a glorious summer so far..  what summer afternoons were made of when I was much younger it seems.

Or maybe I am appreciating them more now..

At one point you realize you have less summers to enjoy..than summers you have lived..
it's true..

I think that makes us appreciate them more..the sunshine:)

The growing of things..even if just pots.

The wearing of  flip flops and baggie summer dresses.
The fresh produce,open markets,big like my brocante on Saturdays..
or small ,on Thursday afternoons..
..blue skies,summer rains.
Fleeting thunderstorms...

..it's a classic this year.
A superb classic knock on wood..

The kind where we sprayed Sun In in our hair and hung out at the pool..(I only did this after 16..prior to that I was a pool pariah,don't ask..)

Nice moments in time.

Debbie's husband Joe grows garlic too..and they posted their harvest on Instagram..and that gave me the go ahead..to go ahead..Thanks Debbie and Joe..
So I harvested it..and cleaned it a bit..and now it's curing in the potting shed until I clean it well snip of the tall leaves..and bring it in to enjoy all year..
garlic is the garden gift that keeps on giving:)ALL year long..
except we have noted we need to double our harvest next year.

I have been asked if our potting shed is cute inside..because outside..I say this humbly..Jacques did a great job of it..Fred helped with the trusses and I helped w/ the siding and shingles..

so here is the answer..no... it does not follow the pretty rule inside..
cement floor..super great..poured concrete..but rough interior..our garlic hangs everywhere right now in my potting section..
Jacques' part is bigger ..at least 3 times mine..for tractor/lawn mower..and LOL if you can believe it ..inside his side double doors..I have shears hanging..for a makeshift summer photo studio while I take online lessons:)
Have a lovely weekend~


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  1. Well it all looks beautiful. You and Jacque must be extremely healthy with all that garlic and you want more. Your garlic skills are impressive. I told my granddaughter the other day to put her thongs on and she asked what are thongs. They are what are now called flip flops. Have a good weekend.

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    1. I am glad she is thinking thongs are flip flops for now and a long time to come:)

      Nutrition isn't everything..genes.. doctors..dentists..accidents..unfortunately everything comes into play don't you find?
      I hope PL and all our littles are blessed all their lives:)

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  2. Everything looks so beautiful. Love your garden shed. Summer days are hard to beat. Enjoy!

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    1. Here they are for sure:)
      Have a nice weekend Linda:)

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  3. Ah Sun In! I had dark brown hair growing up and the sun in did not make it blonde :-(. Your photos are so beautiful.

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    1. Well mine turned a tad brassy:)
      We used to tan too..so funny remembering all that now!

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  4. Without fail, your photos are truly amazing. I look at the screen and feel as if I could walk right into the image. Crystal clear with incredible depth. Glad your summer is glorious. I can't begin to imagine living with all those gorgeous hydrangeas. And the garlic, yet so different, is just as beautiful. Enjoy these days.

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    1. I do dear Sarah..Jacques does also..rides his bike instead of the treadmill..people are happy..the mood is good..the kids can swim..camp..you know how different winter is for us..we hibernate..which is nice too..but no boots no coats no mitts..our homes stay much cleaner also:)
      Thank you.

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  5. Your flowers look so pretty, healthy and vibrant. Mine are baking in a slow death. It's so hot here.

    Your potting shed sure is cute!

    I want a baggy summer dress! Where can I find one?

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    1. If I told you how old my Baggie summer dresses are..you would laughter..I am not a shorts girl..I like cropped pants etc..but dresses are so cool and comfy in the garden..In Florida some of the girls have Jams World Hattie dresses..love those..go see:)
      Laurie we have had late night early morning thunderstorms..they have helped our parched look.Hottest summer in years they are saying.
      I think a Hattie would look so good on you.

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    2. I just looked. I like the style, but the color patterns are a little much for me. However, I sew....I bet I could find a pattern and make them in the colors that suited me. Thanks for sharing!

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    3. Thou are right..the ones I saw in person.were gorgeous..I ne er wear such bright and bold patterns but I would make an exception in Fl.I hope you sew one..Laurie.why not linen ?Love those

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    4. I actually have some light blue linen that I bought from an Etsy shop. When I get back from Colorado, I'm going to make one. I'll show you when I get it done. Oh and I agree, these would definitely look great in Florida.

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    5. You need to make a cross back pinafore..:) Google..I am in love.

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  6. Just love your summer thoughts and photos, Monique! The hydrangeas are gorgeous! I used to have a baggy summer dress...have no idea what happened to it!

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    1. A friend in the 70's got me hooked:)So comfy in heat.I have a recent white linen one and it's my favorite dress:)
      Linen and white and beige♥
      I love hydrangeas too..and they do well anywhere..:)We all need encouragements like those!

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  7. You have captured summer in this post Monique. Lazy days, bursting blooms, farmers' markets, a good book. Our area has had a pattern of hot humid days with refreshing afternoon thunderstorms. Enjoyed a cooling evening on the lake with new friends. I need to follow your lead and make some pesto. Have a great weekend.

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    1. You too..on a lake ..well it just must be heaven..it's at the corner of our street so I drive by all the time..but I have to tell you in my almost 30yrs of real estate..it's the lakefronts that tugged on my heartsrings.

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  8. I love these photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love that feeling when happy summer past comes together with Happy Summer Present...What is the picture or illustrated book in the 7th photo? (Did I miss you writing about it? Herbs, garlic, all of it, such a feast for the senses, and healthy too....

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    1. Hello Rita..:) It's thundering right now and I am wishing for a rainfall:)but then blue sky appears..that kind of summer where we get a tropical like rain..that book was a gift from Arlene when we were both at Gardenbuddies so many many years ago..it's called Gardening In Eden..:)
      It is Eden here at the moment compared to January.
      Have a beautiful day:)

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  9. I do have "shed envy" -- what are they calling them now? She Sheds? :) Nice that there is room for both yours & J's gardening things. Summer is indeed flying to quickly. xoxo

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    1. It is fleeting this year..I call mine..a few names..La Maison des Jardins..:) /Fairway Cottage/ Rose Cottage..

      The rain came and went the gardens are smiling:)

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  10. Oh that garlic! I have never had fresh from the garden garlic before - I wonderful how great it must take. Had to laugh at your comment about sun-in sprayed in your hair - yes I did that too :) We had wonderful summers growing up and I believe my children did too. The fresh herbs are gorgeous and the coloring book looks like fun! Have a wonderful weekend Monique :)

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    1. You too;) I know you will..ktchen almost complete..Bella..♥And not in that order:)

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  11. I too have shed envy. Love the garlic. You have lots! Perhaps I will remember to plant some this year! Fingers crossed. I buy colouring books for the same reason. I don't colour in them, but they do inspire and help with shape, etc. I am so happy you are having a wonderful summer. We are too. Enjoying every minute of it. Your fresh herbs look gorgeous! I love having my own herbs in the garden. I need to make some pesto and then freeze it! Love and hugs! xoxo

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    1. Your gardens are doing great Marie:) I am happy for you..Enjoy this day:)

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  12. I wish you'd do a BOOK!!
    Even a Blurb book.
    I'd buy it!!!!

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    1. I am waiting for yours:) Are you on les Champs E today?:)

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  13. I made pesto as well today :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. So many miles apart..same idea..same week:)

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  14. Love your photos Monique, especially the hanging garlic - yum! :) Glad you are having a nice summer... xo

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    1. I remember your talent in photography..I loved that about your blog too..I could see what you had been up to:)
      Take carex

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  15. Ahh, perfect photos of all the beautiful things of summer.
    Garlic you grew yourself - I can just taste the delicious-ness of that in your cooking.
    Sun In! Brings back fun memories.
    Happy rest of the summer to you, Monique! xo

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  16. Love your garden post! Your garlic looks amazing!! Happy Sunday ♥
    Hugs, Jody

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  17. I'm so happy that you are having what sounds like a perfect summer…how nice. Love the lilies peeking through the hydrangeas. How could your potting shed not be cute with the pretty stained glass and a concert floor is very important when you have wet or muddy wheels…easy to clean up when needed.

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    1. It's the kind of summer that makes you temporarily forget 6 months of winter;)

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  18. That Garlic is inspiring! I am going to pull mine next weekend! Only 2! Hahaha!
    Still no rain here...so bloody hot, we can home from the cottage late yesterday afternoon....
    Picked up Vivian for a Sunday Sleepover! What fun!
    Enjoy your week..
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    ps... I am going to look up those dresses!

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    1. Nope...too flowery for moi!

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    2. The 2 Florida girls..the backgrounds were the color of the sea..and then darker on top..I am telling you they look stunning on a beach:)
      I was covetous but not $130 US covetous...never that covetous..a little Fl shop specializes in them..
      And I am a black and white and beige plain girl:)

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    3. Me too! Well...mostly a grey girl...not into big prints...but...I do love NEON! hahaha!
      Finally had some rain overnight...Vivian slept til 7:45! Unheard of in her house! Must be Nana and Papa ♥️
      Muggy as heck!

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  19. Thank you for a lovely "visit"!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  20. these photos make me want to come and spend an afternoon in your garden. It is so peaceful.

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  22. Potting sheds aren't meant to be cute inside -- they're supposed to be functional spots where dirt gets on the cement floor and hands get a little dirty too! But to be cute on the outside? Four star! I should think it would be like walking through a magic door of a charming little spot and when you get inside, making your own beauty of flowers and plants. I love all the photos here. Isn't summer divine?

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