Wildflowers

I know I’ve said over and over again here on this blog what a beautiful summer we are having here in Oklahoma, but today I was just in awe of the most incredible wildflowers growing everywhere. Never have I seen these growing here, and I don’t even know what they are called. I took my trusty bike and rode out to gather wildflowers for a bouquet…

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Let me tell you the story about this bike. It used to be my mother’s, but about 10 years ago when she was 84, she decided she was too old to ride the bike, plus where she lives the roads are all gravel. So we inherited the bike, and it sat behind the shop for years.  I have a nice mountain bike of my own, but just this spring we were thinking of getting rid of this little gem, and I decided to keep it. I ride it down to check on the chickens…I ride across our large pasture to pick tomatoes from our tomato patch. And, best of all I have to ride it uphill to get back to  my house and it’s quite a workout. In the basket I can carry eggs…or produce from the garden…or flowers. I have fallen in love with this little bike!

Speaking of tomatoes…we are getting lots of them…

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I have been watching the Sedum Autumn Joy start it’s blossoming out. I love the way it starts out green, then white and then darkens to a rusted mauve color…

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I took this picture with my new camera… love the way the butterfly came out so clear…

So here is the finished bouquet of all wildflowers…

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yellow

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Does anyone know the names for these?

I took a photo of my lavender too…I love lavender!

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Good-bye August…

Just a few more things to post before September…

Who would have thought of putting tomato vines in flower bouquets???

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The answer: The Seasonal Bouquet Project, if you haven’t checked out their blog you should take a peek… 🙂

This bouquet from August’s bounty has marigolds, sage, zinnias, tomato vines, oat grass, salvia, and catmint…

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Seedlings for the fall garden are growing…

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And I’m getting ready to do a September challenge of 30 Paintings in 30 days starting tomorrow. I painted a few ahead of time because I’ll be on a trip for one week in September.  But here is one I did called Farm Girls…

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This was from a photo taken back in June when the tornado went through Moore, Oklahoma and hit my son’s barn… We planted a flower garden for them while the guys picked up debris…  The story is here A Flower Garden and a Tornado All Mixed Together.

If you would like you can follow my 30 days of painting over at    a little corner of the artist in me…

August Reflections

As I sit here and type reflecting on this August soon to be over, the fragrance of fresh picked basil fills the air around me… makes me think of pesto and fresh tomato mozzarella pizza with lots of basil leaves scattered on top…absolutely my favorite kind of pizza. : )

Rosemary and oregano in the bouquet on the table…love herbs…

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Who would have guessed that?  With a title like Rosemary, Lavender and Thyme…

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Love zinnias too… They are prolific right now…

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Sedum, hosta flowers, liriope, lamb’s ears…

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Oat grass in a favorite blue glazed ceramic pot…

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Love the colors…

I’m listening to a daughter chopping cucumbers and making bread and butter pickles…We have such an abundance of cukes this year…it’s crazy…

Painted a bouquet of gorgeous flowers from a photo blog…couldn’t help myself…so fun…so many incredible colors…

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The temps are more normal for August in Oklahoma…HOT, but for the first time since I’ve lived here, I’m actually going to miss summer…unbelievable!

I still wear my boots, long sleeves and trusty gloves to go pick tomatoes in the field to avoid chiggers and ticks, but this year incredibly I’ve only found one tick on me and that was last night and I’ve only had a mere 6 chigger bites… again unbelievable!

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Our charming neighbors stop by for a visit…a mama deer and her three fawns…

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They have been leaving my garden alone…I think the glittering of the shiny CDs really works to keep them at bay…

Seeds of kale and bok choy started in pots and lettuce, spinach, parsley started out in the garden…going to plant radishes, broccoli and cabbage a little later today. It’s soon to be fall…

About My Chickens…

Things have settled down a bit here and the hens are happy and laying and we still have Mr. Knightly who is behaving himself. Caught a couple of pics of Mr. Knightly and Emma on the bridge…still hanging out together…

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Once a week I clean the coops and put out more pine shavings and some of the wonderful herbs that are growing so prolifically around here…

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First on the chicks coop door in the burlap bag …

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And then on the nesting boxes in the old Tack Room coop…

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Love this head shot of one of the Welsummer sisters…

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She is the inspiration for my new oil painting Giveaway to celebrate my first year of this blog, so stay-tuned…

Can’t leave without sharing a pic of the Ameraucana chicks…

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There are 12 of them and I think at least half are roosters. They are about 11 weeks old and some are starting to get their muffs. Roosters have a wider comb with 3 rows whereas the pullets will have just one row. Correct me if I am wrong. I’ve also noticed the roos getting pretty blue feathers.

A Little of the First Harvests

Here it is almost June…it is just starting to warm up and get muggy. The weather has really influenced the garden. We are just now harvesting the very first peas…

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Lettuce, parsley, cilantro, spinach, asparagus, peas and radishes…very disappointed in the radishes this year. They usually never fail me, but they are going to seed and not producing, I think it must be the weather….my dwarf Bok Choy did the same thing.

Ever seen red lettuce go to seed?

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I’m hoping these two will reseed themselves in the same bed. They look so fabulous together…the deep red and the bright green.

Basil seeds sprouting…

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Oh, and lavender…

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I’m really excited about this lavender bush…I’ve had it for 3 years…It survived 2 years of  drought and now it is full of spikes that will blossom.

Moved the potatoes outside the greenhouse…

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Still comparing them to the ones in the row outside…

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The final analysis will be the potatoes, of course.

Eggplant that was transplanted in the greenhouse is finally taking off…

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Love a hint of color amidst all that is green…

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