Thursday, August 13, 2009

Warm Hellos!

I know. It's been a while. I don't really have an excuse........ Well.. the computer did die, we finally gave it complete transplants and revived it. It has been working well for some time now.....but then life has been ...... well...... life. I've missed you! While I've been gone things have been busy! One daughter and one niece have been married. A son-in-law has graduated from nursing school. Now he and my daughter are moving across the country. Another daughter is moving to Panama with her husband to teach. My oldest son, wife and two grandchildren were visiting from Quebec most of the summer. I finally got to play with my youngest grand kids!!! My youngest son just went off to Marine Boot Camp. (I'm proud and sad). Now I have one daughter left at home. She is into distance running. By the time cross country starts next week, she will have run 300 miles this summer. That's just a few high points. Meanwhile....I'll share a little of what has been going on in the gardens. The top picture is our side entrance in late June.
This is a view from the same entrance looking towards my mom's garden. She is soo talented! Her garden always looks fantastic!
One of my favorites in the back is "Love lies bleeding" aka "Kiss my over the garden fence". It's not what you see in every ones garden. The color is so vibrant. It also dries well.

We have gone from mostly shade in the back to almost full sun. This tree in the reason.

We spent a couple of days in spring cutting it down. It was such a lovely tree, shading the house during the summer and keeping it cool. Unfortunately, it had rotted inside and was mostly hollow. So it had to come down before it fell.
Now we are using the wood for evening fires outside.
Matilda was loving having the garden to herself. We thought she needed some company. And I know I need more eggs. So we have a total of five chickens now. They are almost grown. For the longest time they stayed away from the veggies. Then one day I went out and almost all my greens were gone, and damage to other veggies. I didn't want them to spend all their time in the coop, although it is very roomy.
I took lots of sticks from the tree we cut and pushed them along the edges of the beds. They were easy to move when I needed to work in the beds. It actually worked keeping them out. There were enough bugs and other yummy plants for them to eat in other parts of the yard.

Now I'm harvesting broccoli, cabbage, and beans. It's a busy time canning, freezing, pickling, etc. It's something I really enjoy. I'll share more.
Oh, of course we've had some time camping and enjoying my favorite beach, Oceanside too.


Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh my goodness, Debbie- you're back! It's so good to hear from you again, and for the update on what you've been up to lately... I'm glad everything is okay!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Welcome back! Your garden looks so great and it's good to hear what you've been up to. Sounds like a busy summer for your family!


Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

It is very nice to have you back! That was a lot to digest, there isn't going to be a quiz, is there?
The garden is beautiful. Five chickens, do they all have names?
Glad your back!

Old World Primitives said...

Welcome back! I was wondering what you had been up to. Your Mom's garden is gorgeous, and I love your ingenious way to keep the chickens out of yours!