Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Delights

So far this summer I've encountered  more than one blessing in disguise, and I sure needed some. 

For one thing, I just could not keep up with our garden this year. As Little Mister's therapy schedule grew more demanding in June, I had to make a calculated decision to just focus on saving a few of our crops that we really count on and enjoy. That meant corn, pickles, berries, and a tiny watermelon patch. I had to say good bye to beans and peppers. It was a sound strategy. As I'm fond of saying, I can't do everything, I'm already doing too much.

Here are five little unexpected delights:

Free tomatoes! 
I only planted three tomato plants this year, and planned to buy tomatoes for canning projects. As it turned out, I didn't have to buy anything! This bushel came from my brother-in-law, and a neighbor gave us a box for free.
 


Help in the garden. Little Mister is a champion berry picker. Just forget that he sometimes eats them all before they ever make it into the house. 


Mystery flowers! I must have thoughtfully scattered a pack of flower seeds and then promptly forgot about it.  A  row of these tall flowers  prompted me to wonder if they were wildflowers or what? I honestly don't recall planting them, but I have a whole row.


Butterflies! This year I planned on doing several batches of pickles and was a little worried when I saw these bugs systematically eating every ounce of my dill.  It turns out they become eastern swallowtail butterflies, and now we have butterflies everywhere. Oh, and the dill recovered. So far I've done three kinds of pickles and am planning for one more batch.


Oh, the view! I love when the farmer who works the land around us plants field corn. More often it's soybean, but I think this is so much nicer.

 And to think it's not over yet. How I love summer.

13 comments:

  1. Ooh, so lovely, Monica! I especially am fond of the cornfields, too! They remind me of my upbringing, in Ohio. It's, very much, pleasing to the eye. Thank you for sharing your mid-summer blessings!

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    1. A corn field in Ohio would be even nicer as it's not as flat there. I'm glad it's not just me who loves the view of a green corn field.

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  2. Your post makes me wish I would be up north in the Summertime.

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    1. High praise from someone who does summer in Florida! Oh, but P-craft needs you in every season.

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  3. Beautiful!! I loved everything about this post except for those gross worms! Thank goodness they turned into butterflies! Especially love that sweet Little Mister picking the berries! I think he must love the outdoors in the warm summertime as much as his mommy does!

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    1. He loves to be outdoors every day of the year! It's amazing. Rainy days are extra hard around here, but I'm thankful he can occupy himself in our yard on most days.

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  4. My 2 yo grandson has helped me pick blueberries this year. He learned right away that the only ones you want to pick are the blue ones. He eats a few, but we usually manage to get him to put most of them in the bucket. I'm so thankful our blueberry bushes are producing. When we moved we had to leave behind a beautiful row of highbush berries that my father had planted years ago. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

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    1. I'm so glad you have a little helper. Admittedly, it took mine a while to get the hang of ripe vs. green and we had some false starts with strawberry season. He does great now though, and I don't mind that he eats them one bit. It's great when kids love healthy berries. It sounds like you and I have much to be thankful for this season.

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  5. Those flowers you were inquiring about are called Cosmos! Lovely flowers - always so wispy and elegant in a flower bouquet with a few zinnia and stalks of dill!

    I'll take a handful of berries... they look so yummy!

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    1. Thanks Bevy, I wondered if they were so now I know! Must have been a cosmo seed packet in my garden kit that I planted and then forgot about. They're taller than people now.

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  6. That last picture of the corn field could have been taken just down around my corner. I run and walk past that every.single.summer.day. And I love it, too.

    I really like your list of summer blessings. You have the right kind of eyes, I think.

    Good for you.

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