Oakleaf Hydrangea

oakleafMy Oakleaf Hydrangea is blooming beautifully this year. Just had to share… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Glimpses of My Garden in July

We live in a little valley where two creeks meet. According to the old timers there is an Indian saying that tornadoes will not pass through an area where two creeks meet. So far we have not had a tornado here, so the trees are big and tall shading much of the garden.

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In the photo above are the trees that run along the creek, which is dry now. That is usual for the end of July and August. What is not usual is the cooler temperatures we’ve been having that are keeping everything so lush and green this time of year. Today we are expecting a high of 72 degrees and lots of rain, even flash flooding. The rain will fill up the creek.

This year the surprise lilies have burst into bloom in abundance dancing around the wisteria in the midst of the grass I’ve neglected to pull out…

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Here they are reflected in the bird bath…

 

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I added them to my most recent bouquet along with gladiolas, phlox, cosmos, hydrangea, sage, purple cone flowers and salvia all from my garden…

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I love my blue birdbath. When it broke I replaced it, and my cheffingitwithsarah daughter decided to use the old stand in her kitchen herb garden. So when I walk out the back door this is what I see…

 

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The leaves all about the little bird that look like nasturtium, which is what we thought they were at first, have turned out to be a pesty weed that is taking over this bed called Dollar Weed , but they are edible and supposedly are great in salads, so maybe they are not so pesty after all. In fact, Sarah might use them for pesto… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The cucumbers are planted like a river along side the gladiolas this year…

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We are just beginning to harvest these cukes, as I always plant them late. According to a pumpkin farmer I met years ago, if you wait to plant them after June 1st, the cucumber beetles will already have migrated through, and they will leave your plants alone. So I plant late, and I plant in a different place each year. So far this has been working for me.

My perennial bed with the pergola and strawberry bed in the background…

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Hostas are almost finished blooming now. They have looked beautiful all summer with the cooler temperatures…

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I love hiding little bird sculptures here and there in the yard. Here is my favorite…

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And of course there are my real birds…

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We are having a very abundant tomato harvest. I’ll have some pics of those next time…

 

 

Making Bouquets with the Ancient One…

Summer is here…and where I have been?ย  Spending a lot of time with my mom who we just moved into a little sweet house next door to us. Life is different here, but already I see the beauty and blessing of looking at nature through the eyes of one who perceives everything in the moment…

Everything is new every day…every hour…every flower is seen for the first time in all its wonder.

My mom picks wildflowers and makes gorgeous new bouquets every day.ย  And I make bouquets from the flowers I have growing in my yard…

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Loving my new hydrangea…

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I haven’t posted anything about my chickens for awhile, but they all are fine, and Darcy has turn out to be a very fine rooster who takes good care of theย  8 laying hens… 6 black Marans and 2 Ameraucanas…

The tomatoes have grown quite a bit and seem extremely healthy…

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As far as the Oxheart Tomato Experiment goes, we’ve got a tomato that just needs to ripen and perhaps it will be a winner???

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Hope you all are having a wonderful summer…I know I am. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oatgrass and Wisteria and Lamb’s Quarters

Love the way this oatgrass is looking in this large blue ceramic planter…

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And the wisteria I planted last year is blooming…

Wisteria

We planted 52 tomato plantsย  the day before yesterday. More than we have ever planted before, but we still are lacking rain. Perhaps a thunderstorm tonight. I sure hope so. ๐Ÿ™‚

tomatoes

Has anyone tried Lamb’s Quarters?

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We have a huge patch, and this is an incredible food that tastes something like spinach. You can eat it in salads or cook it, just like you would spinach. It’s actually better than spinach in my opinion.

Instead of writing about it myself, I’ll link you to a blog with more facts about this incredible weed/food… The Prairie Homestead

Bon appetitย  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

My Most Coppery Brown Marans Egg Ever and a Giveaway

After being gone for a week I found these in the kitchen…

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Maybe I need to leave more often ๐Ÿ˜‰

The hens are really starting to lay, finally… and here is the darkest most coppery brown Marans egg yet…

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I’m saving up the dark ones just in case a hen goes broody. ๐Ÿ™‚

We have some more beautiful colors happening here besides the copper eggs…

Lilacs 2014

Lilacs and creeping phlox…

phlox 2014

Beautiful tulips and irises that my daughter picked the night before we had another freeze…

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I just had to paint these…you can see what I did at

a little corner of the artist in me

Speaking of paintings…I’ve been meaning to have a giveaway for months now, but life has been a bit different lately, and I’m in the process of moving my mother to live with us. My goal was to do another giveaway painting when I had 100 followers on this blog and now I have 105. So to thank you all for following me, and all your encouragement and good advice and your great blogs that I’m trying to keep up with…

RAINBOOTS Giveaway…

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This is a 6″ x 6″ original oil painting on a gallery wrapped canvas with a little surprise on the side…

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Just leave me a comment and follow me if you haven’t already, andย  on April 28th I will announce the winner.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. ๐Ÿ™‚