Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer Flowers

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This is our “new” smaller flower garden.  All that green grass in the background use to be part of the flower garden too.  This past winter we decided to downsize the garden and I’m very happy we did.  Although it was beautiful having a large flower garden, it took a lot of upkeep to maintain it.  There is a mix of perennials and annuals in the garden, including my favorite pinks that line the walkway.

Below are some close-ups of a few of the flowers in this garden.

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The garden below is in our backyard.  Usually I plant veggies in these raised beds, but I decided to fill it with flowers instead.  There is a mix of sunflowers, zinnias, and sweet peas.

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The other day when I was taking some pictures of the Echinacea, I had a few visitors that decided to “photobomb”  my pictures…lol!

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If you look closely at the photo below you will see two bumblebees and a butterfly, all sharing the sweet nectar from the same flower!

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And finally, some photos of the little bouquets that are filling the house!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

In the Garden 7.14.15

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It’s been almost a month since I posted about our garden, or anything else for that matter!  With it being so hot around here lately, sitting in the office in front of the computer is not my idea of fun, especially since the window faces the west and it gets quite toasty in there!

With all the heat, the garden is producing really well.  We do have to keep it watered well though.  We had a few clouds and showers this past weekend, but nothing much to really help the gardens or the crunchy, yellow grass!

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broccoli

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sugar snap peas

{they fizzled out for awhile, but are now producing again}

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green beans

{our first planting did not germinate well, so we are a bit behind, as we had to replant seeds}

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beets – carrots – lettuce – kale

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cucumbers

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early girl tomatoes

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italian roasting peppers

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bell peppers

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zucchini

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zucchini blossom

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dill

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blueberries

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raspberries

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sun gold cherry tomatoes

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basil

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harvest – broccoli, zucchini, & beets

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blanching broccoli

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ready for the freezer

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Making veggie stock with the broccoli stalks and any other veggies I could find in the garden and fridge!

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Frozen kale cubes {blended with a little water and poured into ice cube trays}, ready for smoothies or soups!

Monday, June 15, 2015

In the Garden 6.15.15

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We have been blessed with some truly gorgeous weather here in Western Washington.  Although some days are a bit too hot for me, I do love the sunshine and blue skies!  All this warmth has made the garden really take off and start producing.
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Parsley & Dill
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Parsley

{the parsley has been producing like crazy, so I will probably dry some and maybe make some pesto too}

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Dill
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Sugar Snap Peas
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Again, another crop that is going crazy, I am probably going to freeze a bunch of peas to use in stir fry.
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Green Beans
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Sunflower Patch

{these are small size sunflowers in a mix of yellow, peach, and white}

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Zinnia Patch

{just ignore all the weeds!}

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Strawberries

{this is just a small box of plants, next year I hope to make a bigger patch of berries}

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Mason Bee Hives
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Lettuce Mix & Kale
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Carrots & Mixed Beets
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Green Onions & Radishes
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Early Girl Tomato
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Cucumber
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Zucchini
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Broccoli
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Bell Pepper
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Garlic
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Raspberries
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Blueberries
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A bonus of all the nice weather…hanging the laundry out to dry!
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Basil

{I’m thinking that I will be making some pesto this week!}

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Cherry Tomatoes

{these are all loaded with blossoms, I can’t wait, as they are our favorite type of tomato}

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Drying more laundry on the back deck.
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A little patriotic display on the back deck!