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On the Bright Side

I’m usually an optimist, and depressing is just not my style.  Sure, times are hard, but walking outside and taking in all the beauty around me makes me smile.

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More daffodils are opening.

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I can imagine what this patch will look like in full bloom.

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The spinach that overwintered is starting to grow again, and the bright green leaves are a welcome sight in my mostly empty garden.

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A johnny jump-up that seeded itself in my flower garden.  Walking by and spotting this little guy made my day.

What simple things make you smile?

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Pansy

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While cooking supper, the late afternoon sun on the pansies caught my eye.  Shortly after I took this photo, I saw a little white bug on one of the leaves.  Further inspection revealed more bugs.  I quickly mixed together a soapy water solution and sprayed it on the leaves.  I’m hoping it will work.  Just in case, do you have a home remedy? I was thinking of leaving it outside overnight, hoping the cold would do in the bugs.  Thoughts?

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Victory Garden

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In the last few days, our temperatures have gotten up to the high 50’s and I’ve been taking my seedlings out for some sunlight and throwing open the windows.  It feels so good to have fresh air flowing through the house, and I know the seedlings are appreciating the warm afternoon sun.

I sat outside with my plants today, my collection of seeds, a calendar and journal.  I’ve been thinking about incorporating more flowers into my vegetable garden, both as companion plants and for beauty.  I drew out my plans for the vegetable garden and chose which seeds I’ll plant this coming weekend: Johnny jump-ups, peas, lettuce, cabbage, mache, spinach, broccoli, leeks, and scallions.  I can’t wait to get my hands back in the garden soil.

Some of the raspberries that I ordered arrived today, and since they’re bare root, I need to get them into the soil soon.  Ed and I will plant them tomorrow in the spot we’ve chosen for our berry patch.

What’s going on in your garden?

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Sick and Tired

I’ve spent the last 24 hours with a stomach bug.  I hate being stomach sick.

But I’m really sick and tired of winter.  Now, normally, I love snow.  I like that winter is cold, and I enjoy getting outside to take pictures in the snow.  I usually enjoy the four seasons.  But after three months of being cold, I’m tired of it.  Right now I’m watching the wind whip snow around outside my window.  The sun is shining, but it’s deceptive because it’s really cold out.  I’ve had enough and I’m so ready for spring now.  I’m ready to get outside, get my hands dirty in the garden.  Even weeding sounds like fun now.  Watching my tulips and daffodils pushing up out of the ground and bloom.  Seeing the Johnny jump-ups’ smiling faces.  Watching my flowers come back to life: lilacs, bleeding hearts, peonies, hydrangeas, roses.   

So, for a little cheer, I’m reflecting on my flower gardens from last year.

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Angelique Tulip

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Endless Summer Hydrangeas

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Knock-out Pink Rose

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Impatiens

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Morning Glories

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Picking daffodils from the abandoned house up the road last spring.

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Aftermath

Last night, Tropical Storm Hanna moved through our state.  While we in New England didn’t get hit as hard as our southern neighbors, there was a lot of rain and wind throughout the state.  I did prepare for the storm a little bit by picking all of my tomatoes yesterday morning and putting some water in jugs in the fridge just in case the power went out.  Not huge preparations, but it wasn’t that bad of a storm.  We didn’t end up losing power, which is great, although there are a lot of outages throughout our state right now.

A tree fell on the hay lot in front of our house.  Fortunately, it didn't hit any of the nearby power lines.

A tree fell on the hay lot in front of our house. Fortunately, it didn't hit the nearby power lines.

Many of our sunflowers were blown over.

Many of our sunflowers were blown over.

The cosmos got flattened onto the walkway.

The cosmos got flattened onto the walkway.

The heavy rain also compressed the morning glories, but I think they'll be alright.

The heavy rain also compressed the morning glories, but I think they'll be alright.

both of the new sugar maples are fine.

The good news: both of the new sugar maples are fine.

The white pines on our boundaries, planted two years ago, also had no problems.

The white pines on our boundaries, planted two years ago, also had no problems.

The hydrangeas are still going strong, just with fewer blooms than in July.

The hydrangeas are still going strong, just with fewer blooms than in July.

These yellow mums, a gift from my cousins, weathered the storm just fine thanks to the protection of the breezeway porch.

These yellow mums, a gift from my cousins, weathered the storm just fine thanks to the protection of the breezeway porch.

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Sunday Stroll, July 27

Rainy Day

Not such a great day for sitting in the Adirondacks. But a wonderful day for my garden.

All the rain creates a lot of deadheading in the petunias. This bloom is pretty with the droplets.

Pretty pink rosebud covered in raindrops.

This is my first year growing cosmos. I'm happy with the results and I think I'll plant more next year.

My favorite hydrangeas. Though it's time to remove some of the spent flowers, they're still popping out new blooms.

Zinnias and snapdragons from my sister-in-law Melissa brighten the rainy day. I got them from her at the farmer's market, and rather than let me pay, she wants me to teach her how to make pizza dough.

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