Tuesday, June 30, 2009

July, Already!!

Seems as if this year is off and running much too fast. Like trying to catch the gold ring on the merry go round, I am constantly grabbing at this and that.

Not sure why, but I have many strawberries that spoiled. The plants look healthy so will have to see if I have done something wrong. I still have picked about 5 pounds so will make jam in the next few days. The peas look pretty good and taste good also, the spinach is large enough so can pick leaves for salad. Looks as if all the onions I put in are doing well, waiting for the garlic to show it self. Have cabbage, beets and peppers doing well also. This is fun, not the weeds, but the end results.

Our weather has been all over the place, from cool to hot and now back to cool, it was in the 60's most of the day. Weather man says will be warmer by weekend. Some of the new roses I planted are blooming. I think this pink one looks like porcelain, it goes from the darker pink to light with very pale edges.

My pots of flowers are looking pretty good also, if I do say so myself!

My friend Ellen gave me this gourd so I hung it in the mulberry tree. Did not expect it to be anything other then a decoration, but someone moved in. I was picking some ripe mulberries and suddenly something zips past my nose and this very tiny bird is giving me heck. I think it is a Wren. I will see if I can catch a picture of it. One of them was sitting in the tree later in the day, just singing away.

Wishing everyone a wonderful 4th and for our friends in Canada, Happy Canada Day.


Joanne said...

Send some of those strawberries my way! Ours here on the east coast were waterlogged with such a soggy, wet spring and early summer. Their flavor wasn't that good. They're just about done now, and we'll move on to the blueberries! Have a wonderful holiday, enjoy these summer days!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Barbara,

We have been hot and dry around here, and I have to do a lot of watering. And weeding as well, because those darn weeds keep growing even without watering!

Your pink roses are so pretty! And the flowers in the pots look beautiful.

I have zucchioni and cucumbers ready, and my first tomatoes will be ready in a few days. Just need to get a little redder.

Not sure why some of your strawberries are spoiling, but I'm glad you're getting enough to make jam. My peaches will be ready in a few more weeks as will the grapes. Pears won't be ripe until October, and I'm in no hurry to get there. As it is, the summer is speeding by much too quickly.

Have a wonderful holiday. Happy 4th of July!



Mary said...


I'm a little late getting over here but thanks so much for the Canada Day wishes. It poured rain in the afternoon, but the fireworks weren't rained out, so that is a plus.

It has been cool, hot and cool here also. In the high 60s today. Rain again tomorrow. It sailed past us today.

Enjoy your week, my friend. Yes, blessings are bountiful if we just take time to count them. :-)


violetlady said...

Hope you had a good 4th. Weather was beautiful here, but very quiet holiday for me. I am trying to get back into my blogging. I have been remiss in reading and writing.

Tina- said...

pretty photos Barb.
inviting you over to my 500th post give away

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Barbara!

Oh your garden sounds wonderful and I love making strawberry jam! Haven't done it for years though. The roses are so magnificent!! They are so pretty Barb. You must be doing something right for them to look like that.

And how sweet you have a renter in the gourd! Perhaps a family!!

Sorry I haven't been visiting much of late. Been so busy haven't been around to hardly anyone of late. Take care sweetie!!

Big hugs, Sherry

Anonymous said...

Wrens are good at scolding and I suspect it was or is a wren that moved into your empty gourd. They are good neighbors though and will sing all summer long.

I enjoyed your blog and wonder about those strawberries too. I don't know of much that bothers them except sometimes, slugs and mostly people.

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violetlady said...

Just stopped by to say hello. Haven't seen any new posts lately. You must be up to your ears in garden produce! Hope you are well.