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Sunday, July 16, 2017


My very first Roma tomato this year!!!!  It was hiding and hard to see.  I am hoping the rest of them on my one plant will ripen nicely.  The sungolds are almost done producing so it will be nice to move on to these.

Another nice size zucchini!

A dermatologist did a biopsy on one of my itchy rashes.  Found out I have Dermatitis herpetiformis.  In simple words I am allergic to wheat, rye and barley.  Fun, fun, fun!  I found this Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie mix at Aldi's and it is quite good!

Also found a gluten free pancake mix and made them up.  Pretty tasty!

I was grumbling (imagine that!) because the landscapers didn't plant any perennial flowers in my front yard but now I have two bushes flowering.  They are pretty but I wish I knew what they were.  Do you think they might be some type of hydrangea?  

I needed some smaller dessert plates so went to the thrift store this past week.  Found 6 of these pretty little vintage dessert plates which had my name on them so home they came with me.  Love them!  All for now!  Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Success and Failures

My first year in my courtyard garden has resulted in some success and some failures!!  I am having a hard time trying to grow green beans this year.  The leaves get all tan and then fall off.  Is it a bug or too much nitrogen????  I have put Neem on two or three times.  Should I continue to do so???  Some later ones I planted have stunted growth also.  I have harvested a few from these plants.

Even my Roma tomato plant has some leaves like that although it has lots of tomatoes on it.

Soon my pole bean will be able to compete with Jack and the Beanstalk story!  Even it does have some of those affected leaves.

My raspberries have not done well either.  Just have a few on them.  Woe is me!

My yard long beans have some bad leaves also but are producing some beans.  There is one out there now that is even longer than the 15 inch one.  I don't know much about saving seeds but would like to save some from this plant.  I only have one plant.  Can I leave one on to save the seeds and keep picking the rest of them????

I am cutting up chives and drying them.  My chive plants are in a pot.  I wonder if they will overwinter in a pot?  I have always had them in the ground before but my problem furchild, Coco might eat them so I keep them up high in a pot.

One success is my Sungold tomato on the front porch!  Yum! It has produced well.

So far one small zucchini and one larger one.

I did not plant many beets this year.  I don't have room to grow everything I would like. (I hate to admit it but I don't have the energy either!)

Lots of pretty blossoms on these cucumbers!

Looks like I will get quite a few green peppers off from this one plant!

I guess I bought the wrong lily.  Had one bloom and that is it.  

The one on the left I had at my other house and it bloomed and bloomed.  I thought since they both had the word Hemerocallis on the tag that this one would too.  Woe is me!!

My basil did well so made up another batch of pesto and froze.

It brightens my day to look out in the morning and see this beautiful pink geranium.  See you next time!  I hope you enjoyed your visit!!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4th

I hope everyone is enjoying a safe and nice 4th of July!  "Wonderful Gardener" and I celebrated our 57th anniversary by taking a trip to see the Creation Museum and The Ark.

I would say that is one HUGE boat!

Harvesting tomatoes and Coco was getting into my yard long beans so roasted a couple of these and three little turnips and carrots together.  I love roasted veggies.

Since  Coco started getting into the yard long beans we put them and the pole beans up on chairs.  Not the prettiest but so far it has worked to keep her out of them!

Coco is enjoying some Kale that she helped herself too!

Quilty!!  I caught her snitching!!

I no longer have the energy to go blueberry picking so we bought 20 lbs to freeze for our winter supply.  I might need to pick up five more pounds yet!  Time for my nap!!!!  Thank you for visiting!  Please leave a comment so that I will know you have been here and have a wonderful month of July.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Variety

The peas from my garden tasted so good but they take up too much of my space growing them for what I get!

See that little bit of green in the mulch?  Coco has been enjoying my kale!  The cabbage butterflies have been at it so I don't mind if she wants to eat those holy leaves!

We bought three of these picnic covers to put over the kale to keep both the cabbage moths and Coco out.  This was not my idea but I can't remember where I saw it.

Getting a few tomatoes from my front porch pots!  Have one sun gold plant and one patio tomato plant.

Getting a few pretty blossoms on my Morning Glory.  Wishing there were more!

I was so surprised and excited to see this beautiful light pink rose blooming on the David Austin Climbing rose bush we just planted a short time ago!

We planted another rose bush at the corner of the house in the courtyard this morning.  I wonder how many more plants I can squeeze into my little courtyard yet !!?!  

I have frozen three batches of pesto from my basil so far.  I tried putting it an ice cube tray but it was so hard to get out.  Tried parchment paper and it works much better!  I love it on my sandwiches.

My zucchini is growing out of the cage in the large pot.  I don't think it will get pollinated so will have to learn how to hand pollinate it I am thinking.  Loving the wonderful weather we are having.  Thanks for visiting and hope your gardens are a success!  Would love if you feel like leaving a comment!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Strawberries, etc.

We did up six of these buckets of strawberries.  We did not pick them!  Too young for that type of work!! Some went in the freezer with sugar for eating or strawberry shortcake and would be good on ice cream!  Some went in the dehydrator for putting on my oatmeal in the mornings!

"Wonderful Gardener" always helps me!

Our friends, Debbie and Mark, brought this beautiful pink lily to me.  I think they knew I love pink!

The piano tuner came to tune my piano.  It went through two moves but seems to be just fine.

Strawberries sliced in the dehydrator ready to be dehydrated!

My rosebush in the shady alcove is bravely blooming!

Trying to protect my zucchini in the pot from Coco!

Hoping these bush cucumbers will produce some lovely cucumbers for our salads!  Would love to have enough to freeze up some dill pickles but doubt if there will be enough.

My one Roma tomato plant in the courtyard!

There are sugar peas on these vines growing up the strings on the potting bench.  I should be picking them but keep forgetting to do it when I make my salads!!

A lily I put in the courtyard.  Hemerocallis 'Daring Deception'.

The first blossoms on my sweet pepper turned tan and died.  Boo Hoo!!  I googled why and there were a number of reasons that could be the reason.  Hoping I can coax it to produce!

This pot of beans kept up on the potting bench from Coco looks amazing!  Hoping I will be picking lots of beans from it.

Two sun gold tomatoes ripe on the front porch.  We ate them in our salads today!

Picked a little chocolate mint and hung to dry.  Need to get busy picking herbs and drying them!

My attempt at making pesto with my basil!  Is this what it is suppose to look like?!?!?!  I spread some on my sandwich and I guess it tasted okay!  Happy to have you visit and I hope you enjoyed your stay!  Enjoy all your fresh veggies this summer!