Sunday, July 15, 2018


I'm enjoying this July.  Time on the porch is well spent observing what is happening in the world around us.   I noticed this moth the other day.  It sat under this leaf for about an hour before it got sick of my attention and flew off.  

 This is my favorite book.  I have had to replace it twice.  I loan it out and it never comes back.  If you ever get a chance to read it, I highly recommend it.  Daniel Blajan does an excellent job of capturing how I feel about gardening.   The peas are going crazy.   My husband and I shuck them and Ella begs for the pods.  She thinks they are delicious.

My flowers are doing pretty good, all things considered.  The bees and butterflies are plentiful.  We are slowly recovering from hailstorm.  We have had 2 and a half inches of rain this July.  That is unheard of.  Usually we don't get any rain in July.  Everything is very green.  

I found a great deal on some metal chairs.  They are the perfect addition to the rose garden.  My greenhouse is flourishing.  The pumpkins are climbing out the top.   My sweet corn is much taller than knee high. The deer ate my lettuce and the leaves of my beans.  The beans seem to be recovering.  My peppers are doing wonderful.  I am very happy with the strawberry spinach.  It hasn't bolted and tastes delicious.  

 My hummingbird is back.  I am not certain if it is the same one from last fall.  It could be, as it is roosting in the same same tree as the one that stayed until late October.  I wish there was some way to know for sure.  

Today was foggy and cool.  While sitting on the porch a doe wandered by.  Can you see her in back?  July is moving along.  I wish it would slow down.  Next weekend I have the nieces.  I am excited about our upcoming adventures.   What are you looking forward to in July?


  1. Looking forward to granddaughter's 1st birthday next Saturday. Recovering from thumb surgery that happens today. And then in August I'm looking forward to both daughters and families vacationing with us in WV and seeing my extended family at the end of that week.
    All that rain has made your garden so lovely.

  2. How lucky you are to have family visits to look forward to. I bet you will spoil those nieces rotten. So wonderful to see your garden exploding with color and food and pollinators. I'm amazed that July is already half over. It's pretty hot and dry here right now, so I wouldn't mind if it rushed right along a bit into autumn and the return of rain.

  3. One of the things I was looking forward to happened yesterday...the wedding of a friend's daughter. What fun! Your gardens look quite happy with that rain! Enjoy your hummingbird visitor!

  4. Your gardens are looking much better. It's so great that you were able to get some July rains to help your world to recover. It's so exciting (to me) to see a hummingbird. We do get them, but I don't think they ever stay, but are flying through. I love your hummingbird feeder. Is it made with a wine bottle? Did you make it? Happy July.

  5. Its so beautiful in your gardens. I am glad your hummingbird came back. How nice to have rain in July. Your flowers are lovely. I will check out that book. I hope you have a wonderful week.

  6. You’re shucking peas and I’m podding them. So envious with regards to having a humming bird.


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