Friday, June 30, 2023
Monday, June 26, 2023
I was so happy to find a red poppy blooming in the garden this morning. It reminds me so much of the red crepe paper flowers I made with my grandmother when I was a kid. She would have loved these red poppies.
I pressed this one flat to be placed in my journal when dry. I will collect seeds from other red blooms in hopes of having more next year. But I will also take seeds from the pink ones for they are quite lovely too.
We had rain late yesterday, then beautiful blue skies and lots of sunshine today.
The plants were happy.
Blackcurrant Swirl Moonflower
The sewing room project.
Sunday, June 11, 2023
Sunday, June 4, 2023
As I write this, I am looking through old buttons for something suitable for the Wild Jacket. Yes, the jacket is finished now except for this final step of making buttonholes and sewing on buttons... and then it'll be off to the dye pot.
Earlier, when I was out and about, making my preliminary rounds of checking on the gardens, I surprised a doe as she was nibbling on one of the tomato plants. She looked a bit abashed to have been found out, and gave me one of those, "what goes on here, stays here," looks. I thought she was beautiful.
We missed an opportunity yesterday for a good rain shower. Dark clouds looked promising, but all to no avail. We did, however, enjoy a drop in temperature of about a dozen degrees, which made for a most pleasant afternoon.
While the plants were in the mood for rain, I dragged out the garden hoses and began to water. I hoped that every flower, bush, and garden vegetable would think it was rain falling from the sky, for plants like that kind of water best of all.
As I moved slowly from here to there, my summer tanager alighted on his favorite fence post and sang to me. I have read that the tanagers are quite shy, but it seems to me that they seek out company, or in this case, this summer tanager seems to seek out my company.
There are several other summer tanagers here on the hill this year ~ possibly sons and daughters that have been born and raised here. I often hear their sweet songs as Millie and I walk the trails, and on one day's trek, I saw both a male and female together. The female is rather yellow green in color, but I do not often see her.
I am happy to see that the Bee Balm (monarda) is beginning to bloom. The hummingbirds love it almost as much as I do.
I have begun to move a few plants into the new border along the old plank fence. Monarda was one of the first things I planted there. I have given it lots of space so it can do what it wants to do.
And, now for those buttons......