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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

A Moment in the Garden

Hello sweet friends and followers............. I know it's been awhile. I just wanted to pop in and say hi. I've been spending alot of time in my yard, mostly enjoying having to do  yardwork!  I came across this poem when I was watching a 4 day (online) Cardmaker Success Sumit put on by Brandy Mahon on YouTube. Sharon Ware runs (or owns?) Prickley Pear Stamps and she said she wrote this poem. It really resonated with me.... tis the season to love all of the flowers, birds and nature!

I typed the poem in one of my design programs and added the bird and flowers, bees and dragonflies. It was such fun! And I keep it posted by my computer.

Here are some of my garden photos. I didn't plant as much this year as I have in previous years.. and I really planted late! I think it was July 6th before I got any of my veggie SEEDS planted. I may have planted the flowers a little earlier. I just couldn't seem to get "with it" this year as far as gardening.  I did have some starts of lemon cucumbers, and 4 out of 7 plants survived. I also found only one yellow zuchini left at my local store by the time I had decided to plant a few veggies, which I wanted to try.

My cukes and zuchini are doing really well, although they need to be watered every day (well everything does, because of the horrible heat we've been having)....... and even with that, my zuchini wilts by the afternoon, even though I've moved in to a shadier spot.

My strawberries are doing great! They are everbearing, so are just now starting to turn red. I've eaten a few ripe ones and they are really good. I won't get near the crop as I was hoping though.

I've had trouble this year (again) with bugs eating the leaves of my flowers and veggies, and fungus in my raspberries. That fungus spreads to my cucumbers too so I've had to be diligent about tearing off any leaves that show signs of it. My poor raspberries haven't done a thing... just a few little berries, but most get eaten by whatever pest I have. I babied those plants from the day they started coming up in February! I've re-dug, recomposted, sprayed for bugs, sprayed for fungus, fertilized, picked off brown and curled leaves, etc. but nothing has seemed to  help. I may have to give up on them!

My peach tree so far, is OK and not eaten up by bugs! But it didn't bear any fruit this year.. it's only 2 years old. Hopefully next year I will have some, if the frost doesn't get the buds in early spring.

Raspberries are behind the peach tree. They looked good in May, and then when the heat wave started, and the bugs started, it was downhill from there.

I have accomlished a few things on my old TO DO list.. which I'll show in future blogs. For now....... just enjoy my flowers!

Hope you are all enjoying your summer!  It has gone by way too fast.