I will be the first to admit that I am NOT a gardener. If I had a gardener for my own personal use, I would have the world’s most BEAUTIFUL one. I know what I want; I just don’t have the physical ability or energy (or, to be honest, the desire to do the work) to get to a beautiful garden.
But I AM a great supervisor, so anyone who is willing to come build (and maintain) my garden is welcome to come! I have good beds and good food – I CAN cook! And all the good, fresh farm eggs your little heart would desire!
Norm does the vegetable garden and I go out and putter once in a while. One of the main reasons (besides flexibility and energy) to being out in the garden is the bees. I LOVE bees, but they love me and I do NOT want to end up in the emergency room again because of a bee!
So, next best thing to an herb garden of my heart and a flower garden of my heart is flower boxes! Norm cut out the wood and I built the boxes – well some of them – a few didn’t turn out like Norm thought they should, so he tore them apart and re-built them. Even rough-wood boxes have to be made “just so!”
I have flowers in some and herbs in some. Norm has agreed “in theory” as to taking the herbs down to the basement in the wintertime with a grow light to keep them growing. This way, perhaps, I can have things like lavender and sage survive more than one year!
Sage and Thyme
Pennyroyale and Parsley
Old fashioned flowers (and seeds)
The cage is to keep Scooter out
Now, I do have some flowers that are growing around the yard, which is a miracle, considering the strong winds we have that like to whip the flowers to death! But until I get a wind barrier of some kind put up, I doubt if I will plant any more around here. It hurts to see them so battered and torn!
And Milkweed for the Caterpillars
Yesterday was mulberry day. We went over to Candy’s to “gather mulberries where ye may.” Our trees that we transplanted from her place last fall are growing but are not big enough for berries, yet. Norm loves mulberries; I do not. However, I froze some for him to eat, some to make jelly later on and left some for him eat with ice cream last night. We got four ice cream buckets nearly full of the purple, squishy fruit!
Tomorrow is the first day of a two-day camp for young ladies. Katie and I are having this camp (with a sleep-over) at Shalom Hill Farm, which is where Norm works. It is also a church retreat farm and has a lovely building that we will have all to our own for the two days. We will be teaching the girls how to walk and behave, how to embroider, how to write in a journal as well as other skills that nineteenth century young ladies would know.
I will take pictures and show everyone when I return on Wednesday.
It’s been hot these past few days, and will continue to be so. But it was still a beautiful day. You have a beautiful day!