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Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give surprise gifts,
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and marriage,
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
how to become a writer
2012 - My Garden in July
All right! Come wander around my little backyard with me. We'll see how it has been doing in July, and especially check for flowers - well veggies too.
See, here the red California poppies are blooming beside the path already. (Shortly after the first shot). These are new to my garden. Anne Peters at the office gave me some seeds from her flowers last fall, and I've been looking forward to seeing them.
Hey, do you notice that yellow zucchini down in the middle of this photo? That was one of the first ones. I've been eating several of them. It is almost my usual supper fare. I planted yellow zucchini on the west side of the path, and green ones on the east side. The green ones are not as plentiful as the yellow ones, but they grow bigger. I cut up a rather large one last Friday and grated it for a chocolate cake so I could make a trifle to take to the ESL potluck supper. (Oops! I forgot to take photos for you!)
Over there, just this side of the fridge-planter, I had sown green beans, but somehow the birds in my trees have decided to turn the sandy soil there into bird baths. Yes, really! They beat their wings until the dust flies, and make hollows about the size of a cereal bowl. No beans have come up. Same thing on the west side just south of the raspberries.
Here is a view of the garden from my back steps when it was at it's fullest - before I trimmed back the runaway, volunteer squash that was climbing over everything else, and had smoothered the cucumbers sown there. When the big leaves start to cover the path I took a garden sheers in hand, and dealt firmly with the growing giant.
This is a couple of weeks ago, the view of the front yard and house. I feel like I need to apologize for the frizzy, wild look, but I just haven't had enough time to keep weeding everywhere, and my neighbour who mows my lawn was away at camp for a week.
The floral circle on the front lawn seems to have decided on it's own which flowers from last year would come up again, and which seeds from this year would sprout and grow. My 'design' has sort'a been smudged. Sigh.
Okay, let's go back to the garden of about a week ago. I notice that the fridge planter is filling out now. I planted some floewrs and a few squash seeds there, and of course, they don't need to be coaxed to grow!
Here's that same patch a week or so later, and now you can see the calendula blooming.
Remember I mentioned trimming back the run-away squash? Well, here you can see the path is more passable again, but that hasn't lasted long. This week the path is covered again in places!
Let's walk over into the east side, near the fence. Ah-ha! there's the raddishes I had sown here, but never got to eat. Sheer neglect or bad timing, but when I last checked them they had nothing but a rootlet. Now they've taken to blooming, and in the rains have laid down on their sides.
Here, on the fence side of the green zucchini, I spy a valiant yellow zinna, fighting with the jumbo zucchini leaves for a bit of sunshine.
Just a bit further south we come to where I had sown pink lavateria, however I see some came out white.
Now we are looking between, past the corn (which I thought had been trampled on!) back to the lavateria and the hedge of tomato plants. I had bought three when the men trampled my garden to tie down my tent-garage, and I feared that the sown seeds would not come up. Now they are ALL doing well! I should have tomatoes to give away this fall!
Glancing down at our feet we see the two rows of carrots that I sowed there in front of the tent-garage, when I was sure the corn would not come up. Oddly enough, the row that is often under the tent wall as the breezes play with it, has shorter green tops. I'm not sure if that means the carrots will be smaller. We'll see...
We're back on the path and looking over the marigolds and California poppies on both sides, with the poppies leaning down on the path.
Let's go around the back on the west side now. In the fore-ground we see my broccoli, and I'm waiting for the heads to appear. Down to the right - hard to see in the shade, is a fine row of lettuce that I've been enjoying.
From closer to the fence we can step behind a single pink zinnia (others nearby will be blooming soon), and volunteer dill, and the yellow zucchini... etc.
Look! Here's a close up of the pink zinnia and the lacy dill. Ah... I rather like that!
And here is a close up of the white lavateria.
Jim and Elsie in the UK sent me seeds from their prize hollyhocks, but I've had no luck in getting them started the last few summers. This year, I'm happy to point to two of them, right there by the fence! If I can keep them from being tilled up next spring, they should be a riot of colour.
Just another quick look at those jumbo zucchini leaves; they must be two feet across!
Do you spy the red raspberries there?
2012 - My Garden in May & June
2012 - My Garden in July (this page)
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