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Time out this evening. My arthritic knee is giving me more trouble than usual. The upside, of course, is that I get to log onto GG.
I've been trying to preserve the wonderful flavours of summer in various ways. Last week, I put up six pints of dilled beans - one of my favourite pickles. Earlier in the summer, I froze bags and bags of strawberries. This was an exceptional year for strawberries here. We had lots of heat and just the right amount of rain. I estimate that we harvested about 150 - 175 quarts of berries. I don't much care for strawberries after they've been frozen, but C really likes them; and I thought I might find a recipe for strawberry sauce made with them. That would be yummy on ice cream.
I've been laughing at myself today. There's no pleasing some women - me in particular. Years ago, I developed a love for hostas, but I hated their flower spikes and cut them off as soon as they appeared. Several years later, I decided that I liked the flowers and allowed them to stay till they got raggedy-looking. Today, I decided once again that I don't like them at all. I cut them all back and vowed not to allow them to grow next year. How can I be so fickle???
Well, I haven't washed the dinner dishes yet, so I'd better get my big fat tush out of this chair and go justify my existence. Happy gardening, everyone.
C and I in our grubbies. This is how we spend much of every summer day.
I finally found some time to take some photos. Although they're anything but spectacular, I thought I'd share a few.
I'm really pleased with these double impatiens in my window boxes. I splurged, though. They were more expensive than my conscience is comfortable with.
Double impatiens up close and personal
This year I used an old garden ornament I made several years ago to support the scarlet runner beans. They'll be easier to pick than on the big teepee I generally use.
A few of the plants in the shade bed I created in the summer of '08 using the "lasagna bed" method.
Part of what's been keeping me away from my computer lately.
The wax beans are particularly prolific just now.
Potato blossoms are quite pretty, aren't they?
Part of my badly overgrown perennial holding bed. I hadn't planned on holding plant material so long. I have to spend a lot of time when it cools down this fall dividing and moving a lot of stuff.
C's newest passion: Itchy and Firefly (AKA the hayburners)
Wow! It's been more than a month since I've visited GG. Sometimes life gets in the way of all the things I'd like to find time to do. Nothing dramatic - just life in general. That and a big garden and the fact that I'm slowing down in my old age.
This has been a very strange summer here - hotter and more humid than is the norm for this area. Sudden dips in temperature followed by spikes of the hot stuff again. It's hard to know what to expect next.
All the heat has forced our veggies to produce well in advance of their respective due dates.
To be continued . . .