Summer is garden time for me..we had lots of rainy days and then..just like in the Itsy Bitsy Spider story..out came the sun♥
Miracles of nature gardens are..some yrs the clematis are stellar..some yrs not..
This is a not a stellar yr..so far w/ 2 missing..and the front fence onces..well 2 are not producing yet like usual..
the peonies and irises are gone..
the roses..lavender,,shastas,feverfews are spot on..if not more prolific.
I finally found a control for hollyhock rust..cornmeal.I swear it works so I may add some here and there.
I have foxglove love and added another..purpurea to spread the seeds soon:)That's what you do..
The Nicotina from seed are 3 ft tall and beautiful.
It is exciting to watch new things grow in your gardens..
Part of my fun is growing edibles..and I do eat them..no flowers were left in the above massaged kale salad..even Jacques eats them.
Borage,calendula,pansies,roses,nasturtiums,herbs..I have a pesticide ~free garden..so I don't need to worry re the edibles.
The garlic scapes are cut and chopped and frozen..
Soon I'll harvest the garlic..
And dry it and clean it up for the year.
I made something interesting w/ garlic and will share soon..
nothing you cannot Google..you "confit" your garlic and store in fridge...I found the original idea on NoCrumbsleft on IG.
I am happy to report miracles do happen as all my burnt to the earth line tomato plants that I saved..in case of a miracle..6..are beautiful.I had burnt the tender roots w/ fertilizer..
our local newspaper just reported that you can put some powdered milk in the water for watering tomato plants which I will do today..I believe everything:)
My girls..Caramelle and Bécassine..well I cannot imagine Spring Summer and Fall w/out them any more..just going to the feed store is a thrill..a country jaunt..and you find everything you need..
I love letting them free range..but can only get them back in w/ Kraft slices..processed..one..:)
Their little feathered bums in the air♥
PS My daughter dropped by today and she snapped this pic w/ her phone..it's hot and dry..the girls were out..the tree trimmer here..I was gardening and playing w/ my chickens and reading and stitching lol..I love pics when I don't know someone is taking one!
The *&^%$%&()(*&^****8rose chafers are here in force..storm troopers..I HATE them..they do not touch the rose ..named Fairy..above..if you can find these..a treat..they have climbers but QC is too cold for her.
I squeeze handfuls of chafers every day..bare handed..lol..and I actually feel the hate.
Making cherry..rhubarb desserts..smaller and in two's if I know I can give away..
Still stitchin'..LOVE it so much♥
We have a nice tree trimmer..when people come to do work for us/ w/ us..I like to feed them:) A coffee..a muffin..pie..if the hour suits it..this time..it was off hours..so I bundled up a small cake and a dischloth and eggs..just mentioning..because when I received my dishcloths it changed my life lol..so go ahead and pay it forward.
Have not painted very much..and what I have is so..not nice.Really.
Except one small thing.In the mail..
We had our outing w/ Noah.. 9 YEARS OLD..lunch and shopping.. it's a tradition w/ the boys.. he picked my fave in town greasy spoon..so 50's..on Main Street..red patio umbrellas and sign..white wrought iron sets outdoors or picnic tables..oldies music playing w/ loud speakers..you can eat indoors too..diner style.
I wish all the boys picked this place in summer..so far 2 out of 4..it's just a few steps away from the boys school.I feel young there..even though I bumped into a former co-workers' son..and he has grey in his hair..!So no..I'm not young..it's that jean jacket illusion again.
Noah had received gift cards at his party Sunday..so he picked Toys R Us..and bought a fantastic Lego set..he is the only one interested in Legos and loves them.
I like that..like books and things..
he did receive an electric motorcycle..his dad has a Harley....I must admit it's fun.I rode it..
Quite a gift..you almost need to be an only child lol..
he was so well behaved..happy..great outing.
I made this cake end of June..blah.blah.Not like the cherry almond cakes on the counter as I type:)
Have a great weekend..I'll be in the garden..or baking or stitching or painting..when I should be reading too..