There’s a chill in the air. Last week we were in the 80’s in the Pacific Northwest. Today, as I was working in the yard, I noticed that the air felt crisp. It wasn’t cold enough for a jacket, just a reminder of what is to come. It’s the time of year when Mother Nature can’t decide if we need a rake or a sprinkler.
It’s my absolute favorite time of year for my yard. I’ve been waiting all year for flowers like these!
“Oh, my pumpkins are just so big. I don’t know what I’ll do.”
“Poor me. My corn stalks are practically stalking my neighbors. They are just so tall!”
“Oh, whatever will I do with ALL of these raspberries?”
My shady little garden pales in comparison to my mother’s.
Here are her garden boxes with flowers and veggies. Don’t you just love those little bird houses she has mingled in with her flowers?
This hydrangea is an Everlasting Summer. It is one of my favorites. I love that it blooms all season. Most hydrangeas bloom on wood from the previous year. This variety isn’t picky. You can cut it all you want, and it keeps producing flowers. I love that!
Do you want to know my secret for getting them so blue? I bought a soil additive at the garden center called True Blue. It changes the PH level of the soil and makes them a deeper blue. My sister puts apple peels around her hydrangeas and it turns them almost navy blue. They are beautiful. I’ve never tried that trick, but it seems to work for her. You can also buy an additive to make your hydrangeas pink. Pink isn’t really my color, so I’ll stick with my True Blue. (Note to self: clean up the dog toys before taking photos. Cooper’s tennis ball is at the base of the plants.)
So, there you have it. True Blue Everlasting Summer hydrangeas.
I’m hoping these plants will fill in. I bought the three perennials on the clearance table. They look pretty pathetic right now, but I’ll give them a few years to prove themselves. The urn was a roadside freebie. The stump was one of those things I just couldn’t figure out how to get rid of. What’s that old saying about life giving you lemons? Well, now I love this little corner. I’m glad I couldn’t get rid of the stump.
I picked these hydrangeas two weeks ago and they still look beautiful in my kitchen. (Still loving my $1 milk bottles!)
Trying this post again, since it didn’t post with a picture last time…
I’ve had this little planter hanging next to my back door since I moved into my house. My stepdad made it for me before he passed away. He always loved wood working and I convinced him to start making some cute little projects to sell at craft fairs and farmer’s markets.
I’ve always loved this little picket fence, but couldn’t plant the tiny containers with anything. With the slats in the back, the dirt would always just fall out. I don’t know why I didn’t think about lining it with burlap before. The water drains through the burlap and holds the dirt in place. Most importantly, it looks cute and who doesn’t love burlap?
Papa Dave would be proud.
My hubby loved the recipe. It was light and just tasted healthy. My kids enjoyed making it with me, but weren’t fans of the finished product. (For the record, neither of them really love eggs.) I really enjoy the recipes and the concepts in this book. This is a great way to learn about gardening and cooking all at once!
Happy reading, gardening, and cooking!
The cold weather veggies are doing great! Hey, look quickly! The sun came out!
The sun came out for 2 days. Then the rain came back. My kids and I jumped at the chance to start a little gardening. This box was once home to my strawberry plants. They never produced too many berries because I wasn’t sunny enough. I was reading in Country Gardens magazine that lettuce is good to grow in areas like these. We dug up the berries and replanted them in another part of the yard. This became our lettuce box. We also planted peas at the back, just for fun. The potatoes are planted. The lettuce starts are in. Now all we need is a little warm weather and we can plant the rest of the garden. The snow level is supposed to be down to 500 feet tonight, so we’ll just have to wait to plant the garden.