Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summer Solstice in the Gardens

The first day of summer has just occurred but it has not felt 
like a normal Missouri summer yet.  We've had so much rain and the temperatures have remained relatively cool.  The upcoming forecast is including some HOT, HUMID weather so it seems summer will finally come waltzing in!

I'm not too excited about hot and humid weather but the vegetable garden is really needing some warm, dryer times to get going.  The squash and okra plants are just peaking their little heads above the soggy soil, after being replanted several times.  Let's hope the third time is the charm!

This post is just a little walk around our house (in my mud boots) 
to see what's blooming.  

These are some of the lilies starting to bloom as you walk down to the Secret Garden on the north side of the house.
I believe these white and maroon lilies are called Cecil.
These two different shades of yellow are pretty but I'll be adding 
several different orange lilies to this garden for next year. 
In the Secret Garden,

the hostas have filled out nicely. 

I have two Viburnum bushes a friend gifted me the year before we moved.  She said to keep them in their pots and plant them at our new place.  She was right!  They have really taken off!

The berm near the front of the house is also filling in.  It's planted in mostly natives and perennials.  Russian Sage, Blazing Star, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Coneflower, Cosmos, and more!
Common Milkweed has become a coveted plant in our our area as it's a favorite 
egg-laying site of the Monarch Butterfly.
I've seen a couple of Monarch caterpillars this spring, sorry no pictures.  The bumble bees are sure loving them these days.  I noticed several Japanese beetles, as well.  Sure wish those bumbles would chase the beetles away.
Shasta Daisies
Blazing Star with a little honey bee on top!

This is my view on my walk to the mailbox. 
The Queen Anne's Lace, Rudbeckia, Meadow Weed, Wild Daisies and red clover are all blooming in our CRP fields 
(Crop Reduction Program, a 10-year agriculture program) 
We have planted numerous wildflowers in these areas to help the fields rejuvenate as well as attract lots of pollinators.

Here a two shots right around the house.  It's been a good spring for petunias.  I'll have to keep my eye on them as the temperature start heat up.
 What do you do with that awkward spot that's home to your satellite dish?  Make it your kitchen herb garden!  Sallie is showing off our efforts in growing parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.  
There's also lavender, oregano and lots of basil and dill!
This garden is just off our grilling porch which is right out of the kitchen door.  

YOU might see the ugly satellite dish first 
but Sallie and I see our beautiful herbs!!

I'll save the vegetable garden for next week....maybe it will look better in that time!  The raised beds are looking good, though.  

I hope you're enjoying your world whatever the season!  
Thanks for stopping by!  


Monday, June 17, 2019

Our Father's Day

Like many, we celebrated Father's Day with our wonderful J this past weekend.

It's been ages since I've posted a TABLESCAPE.  I must admit, I do set a nice table, even if it's just the two of us, everyday.  Over the top settings were never my style and pretty impractical for our family.  I set the table for this meal and thought, "Hey, that's not bad."  (LOL!)  So I decided to share it with you!
Precious Daughter's family has a pet rabbit and so I used some 
porcelain rabbits in my centerpiece. 
 Note Jack's spot!  :)  We also invited my dear mother-in-law.  
She lives on the farm, just up the lane.
A simple but special setting for the two fathers in our family.  My hubby and Jack's daddy.  This was his FIRST year getting to celebrate Father's Day!

Our Precious Daughter prepared the meal and brought it over Sunday afternoon.  (They have just moved into their new home and don't have all of their new furniture yet.)  She prepared Jalapeno Popper Chicken, roasted sweet potato slices, edamame (seasoned with Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute) and I made a leaf lettuce salad from my garden greens.  I also made a fresh cherry pie for dessert.  My brother and sister-in-law shared some of their harvest with us so the men enjoyed pie and ice cream.  It tasted better than it looked!  ;)
(I've included the links to the recipe and that great seasoning!)

It's also been awhile since I've shared any home photos so I'm including a couple of our dining room and great room.  
The little sign hanging on the knob says, "Blessed Beyond Measure" 
and that is certainly true in my case!

Just some candid shots, including several of Jack's toys 
stored under the coffee table.

The Looking Glass Begonia was a gift from one of my gardening friends.  Isn't it gorgeous?!  She tells me it's time to try to propagate it but I'm nervous about snipping some off.  What do you think?  Should I give it a go??

I have been able to root my basil.  These starts I've used as a little floral arrangement are all ready to be put into pots.  
Precious Daughter will be getting one of my basil pots for her new home.

Thanks for stopping by this week!  
I appreciate you all hanging in with me while I was taking my blogging break!!  The gardens are really staring to bloom and next week I'll be sharing more of the summer gardens.  Until then, have a blessed week!


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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Chunky Icelandic Baby Blanket

Hold on your hats, folks, it's three posts in three weeks!!  

I'm finally getting around to posting some of my winter projects.  This baby blanket was actually started before I knew we were having our grand baby, Jack.  
It was one of those "I need an easy project I can grab and go" and it's been on several trips, long car rides, and kept me occupied during many wintry evenings. 
The pattern is very simple but it took some getting into a rhythm; it's made by simply alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches.
I had Jack a couple of days this last week and he helped with some photo shots.  
Isn't it amazing how much better things looks with a handsome model?!
 Here he is inspecting my border.
Yesterday, the weather was gorgeous - a sunny, breezy summer day!  
I included a few of our potted flowers in my shots, too.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!  I hope you have a fun week with those you love!


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Monday, June 3, 2019

Jack's Baby Quilt

I've been rather busy during my blogging hiatus.  
One little project was a little quilt for our new grandson. 

Here's Jack's baby quilt.  His mommy wanted it to be varying shades of grey.  She loves rabbits (they even have one as a pet) so some of the fabric was bedecked with bunnies.  
I chose a simple pinwheel pattern
and quilted a quarter inch around each one.
Jack is about four months old here, all wrapped in his quilt.
Hope he wasn't looking too closely had my handiwork!  
It was more a labor of love!!
Signed and dated for him.
I love this picture; Jack's quilt is a little hug from Grammy!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'm two for two with this week's post.  I'll see how things continue to go.  Blogging "old style" is so fun and a great creative outlet!  Hope to see you again next week!