Pictures of the Gardens

I went out at the beginning of the week and took pictures of things blooming but looking back on my old blogs I don’t see that I sent any out for you to see, so this morning I will do that first.111 lillies

Frist and showiest is the lilies now in bloom.  I don’t see my Star Gazer but there are three that have not opened  any yet so maybe one of those is the red Star Gazer.  These are in the hosta bed.  There is something here either in bloom or getting ready to bloom almost all summer.  First were the daffodil, followed by the iris and lilac, then the violets (really just a weed but pretty) and roses, then lilies and finally the hosta.  There is also a few columbine and a few crocus that add to the color.  Usually there is  hydrangea but this year it got winter kill so it has no blooms this year.  111 Shanti's rose

In the side garden is Shanti’s rose.  This is one Shanti gave me for Mother’s Day one year about 4 years ago.  It was in a milk pitcher, a tea cup rose.  It has grown and bloomed every year and this year as you see it has just out done it’s self.  This side garden has thing growing and blooming most all year also.  It starts with the hellebore ( or Lenten Rose) , then daffodil, English primrose, Vica Minor, bleeding heart,then Shanti’s rose, Chinese Lanterns, that little purple orchard like flower, don”t know the name, hosta, and finally the black eyed Susans cover the whole garden.

111 black eyed susansThese are the black eyed susans starting to take over the garden they don’t bloom until late summer and you see just a bit of the hosta in the upper right of the picture.

111 hostasThis is the hosta just starting to bloom now.

This morning we went back down to the vegetable garden to pick the vegetables for today’s dinner and here is what I got.111cabbage


On the left is 3/4 of a pound of Swiss Chard to chop and fry to stuff my mushrooms with.  Next is a 1 3/4 pound rutabaga, then is the first zucchini of the year 3/4 pound, and in the middle is our first cabbage 3 3/4 pound.  We will cook only half of that today and either freeze the other half or save it for another day.  Notice the top of the 2 pound coffee can behind, you can just see the black top.  That gives you an idea of how big that cabbage is.  Patty I doubt if we can keep a cabbage in the garden for you when you come but we will try.  I’m afraid they will split, however there is one red cabbage there that is growing slower and maybe that one will keep for you to have fresh.   Nothing else needed work this morning in the garden.  No new prints in the beans and nothing in the trap.  It looks like something was in there and scratched dirt upon to the trap.  Maybe it was the skunk we caught in there earlier this year.  They are smart little buggers.  Anyways he did not touch the beans or anything else so tomorrow our fresh vegetable will be green beans, and we will have lots of todays vegetable left over.  I like to have at least three vegetable beside potatoes each dinner and one of those must be fresh that day, the other two or three I heat up in the little dipper (warmer) .  Guess that catches me up with the garden news.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to Pictures of the Gardens

  1. Don and Joyce Larrabee says:

    Good Morning Friends.. What a nice garden you have..You certainly know how to grow things the right way.. Too bad a lot more people couldn’t be as intelligent as you are in knowing how to do things right. You make us very proud to be our friends. So Thank-ful that God put you in our lives.. Tell Norman, Happy Father’s Day tomorrow from us. Hope he takes time to enjoy it. We are having a 60th. Wedding Anniversary tomorrow. Don’t know where the years have gone.. Please take care of yourself and don’t work too hard. LOVE YOU….♥

    • HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! You should be proud and happy to have been together for 60 years, there are not many today that can say that. Just think of all the wonderful memories you two share. We have been married 64 years come Feb. so we are older than you and are most thankful for our memories both the good and the bad because even the bad memories that hurt so much at the time can now be looked back on and see how they brought us even closer together like the awful week we spent thinking Shanti had leukemia or the week of Joe’s car accident and his recovery from the smashed leg along with many others that were so hard at the time. Now we can look back and remember the good things that happened in connection with them and see the good that came from such an awful thing at the time all we could see or feel was the bad. Don, you have a Happy Father’s Day and take time to count all your blessings of which there must be many, you both deserve many!! The years have flown by so fast but with God’s help there will be many more – I am looking forward to at leaf 20 more, how about you? Have a wonderful day and hold on to the love for many more days ahead. Sending loads of LOVE your way –LOVE Carol and Norman

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