One recent afternoon on a walk around the cemetery, Jenn and I discovered this abandoned nest in a hedgerow. In addition to mama and papa birds leaving for the winter (I wonder where they went?), so had the leaves, leaving the nest exposed at just below eye level. It’s view of a nest not often seen and it was surprising and lovely in the setting sun.
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Every late May/early June I have a garden party to share with my friends and family the abundance of blooms in my garden. It’s so floriferous at that time of year that if would be just plain selfish of me not to share! I recently came across some pictures from last year’s bash- where we served the best mint juleps ever!- and thought I would belatedly share with y’all.
Here’s the delightful Josie, sniffing the Italian parsley:
Judy and Leslie enjoy a chat amongst the heady blooms of Rosas ‘Buff Beauty’, ‘Lilian Austin’ and ‘Tamora’:
Taking a break from the crowd,
in the midst of clouds of Nicotiana mutabilis and Penstemon ‘Garnet’ (among others!).
If they sit still enough, a hummingbird is bound to come by!
Peeking out from the bed of roses is Rosa ‘Fantin Latour’,
bordered by peppermint scented geranium (Pelargonium tomentosa), already-bloomed Bearded Iris and Nepeta fasanii ‘Six Hills Giant’.
They look like they’re enjoying the aromatherapy…
It was a perfect day
to wear a hat,
talk with friends,
sip a mint julep,
smell the flowers
and relax in the garden!
I’ve had an unusually busy fall and winter with work this past year and haven’t been blogging at all! I’ve realized that I can only focus on so many things at once, so when I get really busy with one thing, all except the essentials(raising two teenagers, the holidays, new marriage- you know) drop off.
Well, things have slowed down and here I am.
This is what I’ve been up to in the garden:
I’m about a month late, but almost everything in my back garden is cut back and cleaned up. Whew!
Here’s what my beautiful Rosa ‘Fair Bianca’ looked like last summer:
(& will again in a few months!)
We’re now coming into what I call the “Dregs of Summer” in the garden. Dregs being what’s left, or, the remnants of… In my experience, this last part of Summer is a tough time to keep things looking fresh in the garden, so I just don’t. I usually put in about as much effort as I do during the rest of the summer (aside from a mid-summer refreshing) and so the result is that about now things will start to get a bit leggy, a bit blown out, or just pain tired. I’m ok with that. I like seeing the different seasons in the garden. On the temperate Coast here, the seasons are stingy with their changes, and the ones we do get are subtle. I try to pay attention to the rhythm of the garden and I don’t try too hard to force things into looking permanently like it’s late Spring or early Summer. (prime-time around here)
I trim things back if they’re in the way (of me or other plants), I keep up with my watering & weeding and I continue to harvest the food we’re growing. Aside from that, I also do a lot of thinking about what to do next- what changes I want to make in the layout of my garden for next year, what plants will need replacing, which ones I want to plant more of or try for the first time, etc. Mostly what I do, though, is wait for the sun to appear so I can go out and enjoy it! As garden seasons go, it’s one of the more relaxing ones.
Hi, I’m a sweet little weed! I’m earnestly growing toward the sun so I can get big and strong! When I’m bigger I’ll flower and then make seeds to ensure the survival of my species! Look at how green and healthy I am! Wait…. what’s this giant hand coming at me for?? It’s pulling me!! I’m hanging on for dear life with my little roots…. but dammit, I feel them breaking away…. nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!
This past Spring I spread my home-made compost all over my garden and after about three weeks, the soil was thick with tomato seedlings. I then made a mental note to not put tomato seeds into my kitchen waste container. I guess my compost doesn’t get hot enough to kill them, but I’m ok with that… For every 100 tomato seedlings, there appeared one zucchini seedling. “How sweet!”, I thought. “How useful!”, I thought next. I took three of the more robust specimens and planted them on a little hill, watered them lots, and waited. While I was away on vacation, my husband sent me pictures of the garden and THIS is what the “zucchini” looks like! Hmmm… I was fooled. I think it’s baby acorn squash. Can anyone confirm this? (We ate some of them green and they were creamy and delicious!)