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Summer Garden

It’s been such a weird summer for us, one day it’s 100 degrees and the next it’s 65 and drizzling.  I’m not sure the veggies and flowers quite know what to do.  They’ve been either unusually large or unusually small.  Unusually huge is our summer squash/zucchini.  We’ve been handing it out left and right – we seriously can’t keep up.  From one little seed we’ve spawned 12 of those suckers in the last couple of weeks.  There’s about 30 more flowers on the plant right now.  If anyone needs any zucchini, you know who to call!  😉

Since it’s been a while, I thought I’d share some garden images with you:

I’ve had a couple of friends ask how I keep the dahlia’s upright without stakes.  My answer… You got me!  They’re in their third year; for the first time are five feet tall; and this is the first year I haven’t had to stake them.  Where’s the logic in that?

Our herb garden has gone uncontrollably wild on me.  Really, it’s my fault for not pruning, but holy cow I can’t keep up!  I’m growing basil, oregano, thyme. sage, chamomile, cilantro, coriander, chives, savory, parsley, cress and borage which has a beautiful flower on it by the way.  Here’s some flowering dill.

Two years ago, I bought six different varieties of garlic seed from an organic farm in Oregon (I can’t remember the name to save my life right now).  When I pulled the garlic last summer they were literally the size of my fist or larger and flavorFULL.  I figured since the bulbs were so large, if I reserved some large cloves for seed I may get a decent sized bulb for the next crop (this summer).  I read everywhere not to do that, but heck, what would it hurt?  So, I ran with the experiment.  A couple of weeks ago I pulled the garlic and came up with some decent sized bulbs, nowhere near last summer’s size, but better than grocery store size.  I also came up with some really small ones too as you can see in the background of the image below.

Will I do that again?  Well, we love garlic around here and use it like it’s going out of style.  The bigger bulb the better for this household!  So to answer the question… probably not, but it was worth trying once!

The ‘Incrediball’ hydrangea plants have doubled in size from last year and keep producing tons of blooms.  I’m loving it!

The hydrangea ‘Limelight’ is chugging along at about four feet tall, only in its second year.  It starts out a chartreuse color before turning white.  So pretty!

This next image is from Annie’s Annuals because I completely forgot to take a picture of mine.  A summer hasn’t passed by where a stranger hasn’t knocked on the door asking what it is and where to get it.  It really is stunning especially planted en mass.

This is my first time growing Lisianthus ‘Echo Blue’ and it’s a show stopper.  The saturated color is a stand out in the garden!  I didn’t do the flower justice in this picture.

 This next picture was taken two weeks ago and everything has doubled in size.  The corn is taller than the house!  In this box we have two different varieties of blueberries (in the top box), white corn, cucumber, banana melon, honeydew orange, zucchini, and rutgers tomato.  I need more room!

This past winter, we bought a 4-in-1 fruit salad tree (nectarine, peach, plum, and apricot) as we’re a little tight on space.  Here’s a picture of our first plums.  Can’t wait to bite into one!

This next beauty is a New Zealand Purple Castor Bean I bought in the spring.  The label said it was only supposed to get three feet tall.  It’s most definitely five feet tall now and it’s not done growing!  Time for a little snippy-poo.

This was the first year our Roman Artichoke produced for us (as it’s only in its second year) and boy did it produce.  We got over 30 artichokes and thoroughly enjoyed each one!  We left a couple on the plant because the flower is so pretty.

Last but not least, I have a picture of some baby Darby tomatoes.  I’m a bit of a tomato lover as our garden proves.  We have Rutger, Darby, Berkeley Tie-Dye, and Snow White – the sweetest tomato I’ve ever tasted!!!  Snow Whites rarely make it into the house because I sit at the plant and eat away.  Yum! Yum!

Once we inch closer to fall, I’ll post more garden pictures.  I can’t wait to show you my wall of Vigna Caracalla in full bloom.  It’s one of my favorite flowers not only for its beauty but its incredible scent!

Check in with me on Friday because I’ll be sharing our completed picket fence project!




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