The deer were as happy to see the sun and a few sprinkles as we were. Just look at them kick up their heels.
This morning the Burgundy Stella D'Ores were ready to burst open, wide open, with So many buds.
The cucumbers, summer squash and zuchinni should be ready by the end of the day, and they were.
It's been busy in the gardens. The peas are so plump so they were picked once the shade came around to cool the garden. It's been another hot, sultry week. It doesn't matter. There is still harvesting that ' must ' be done when we grow vegetables. The veggies do not wait around for my comfort. When they are ready, they get tending. We did not plant this beautiful garden, then water it on days needed, just to watch it go to waste. We labor now so we can enjoy the feast of freshness in mid winter. Yum~
What Summer Squash and Zuchinni does not get grilled, sauteed, grated in salads, transformed into relishes, etc. I bake breads, muffins, and cakes with for the freezer. Of course, some sweets get eaten right away, you know, the loaf or cake that never had a chance of getting frozen first. We just cannot help ourselves.
I've already done a couple batches of Basil in the dehydrator for all season use. The flavor of fresh basil, however, cannot be beat in our favorite pasta sauces, bruchetta and dips. I cannot believe how well it's doing this year. Basil is a family favorite.
Just like the variety of lettuces, we munch away on these every time we come off the deck steps. That's why I put them in the old washtub on legs, so everyone can pick and eat all they want. Already, it's been cut several times, to grow back within a week, thanks again, to the heat and humidity.
Besides the basil, I also grow onions, rosemary, thyme, parsley, peppers, celery. I can hardly wait to fill these bottles in my my 'new-to-me-old' herb spinning rack, with dried herbs.
I'm getting a little off track here, but I also found this sweet Rose Breasted Grossbeak picture for my dining room. I'm so ready for a change, and this will be one of the additions.~.soon!
Back to the garden, before getting side-tracked by ' finds,'
just look how the Stella's popped open during the day!
One last look at the Oriental Lily of no name. It's flowers are each about 6 inches across and much darker than this. These were a nice surprise. I forgot I had planted them. hmmm
Last but not least...have you held your ' frog ' today?
My GrandLove Sy, just loves his frogs. They are tree frogs. He found them under a rock while looking up information on the rock, like, "What kind is it, where did it come from and how old do you think it is?" I thought he was talking about the frogs but here he was looking at a guide book on rocks and minerals. That a boy, just keep asking questions!
I'm working on a huge project! As soon as I've finally finished it, I just may show you. Here's a hint~~~
It's heavy, it's light,
It's cheap, it costs.
Have a great Sunday and