3 weeks of fun and family with my sister and niece out visiting from Oklahoma! We enjoyed every minute! Now she's gone home, but August is going to be busy, busy, busy! Wedding, VBS, week-long building project (stay tunned for updates!), Shor'nich Camping....summer is going out in a rush this year!
I LOVE the smell of milkweed! It's a mellow sweet smell that fills the warm air in the summer. I planted in in my front perennial border so that I could enjoy the scent wafting in my windows. I also love to watch the monarch caterpillars and find the delicate green crysalises hanging from the leaves!
The water garden/bath tub and bird feeders are here for me to sit and enjoy. I have goldfinches, the indigo bunting, humming birds, chickadees, nuthatches, and swamp sparrows - all frequenters of the feeders if I sit still and watch long enough ; )
The foxglove are blooming!
My yellow flag iris is blooming next to the old tub - I'm glad to see it so happy in it's new spot!
My Babe built me this new picnic table. He designed it himself. It's 8ft long, so it will easily fit 10 people - 12 if you squeeze in a bit. We put it where the neighbor used to have his sugar shack - he bought a house last year and moved the shed to that property, so we had this bare spot that already has a layer of wood chips down. We won't have to worry about mowing under it or moving it to mow ; ) I requested the design that allows you to step in from the side instead of hiking your legs over the seat -which isn't very lady-like with a skirt on - it works great!
Ornamental Allium flowers blooming by the new garden plot. They were left there by the neighbors from last year when they used the garden. I'm enjoying them every day when I go out to water, weed, or plant the vegetables.
Finally captured my garden thief! He's eaten all my broccoli, cauliflower, squash, and pumpkins! After a week of trying different vegetables, he was lured in by the 1/2 apple that I put out last night.
I did a little illustration of him enjoying my garden ; ) He even sampled the tomatoes and peppers! I'm so glad we got him today - the peas have just sprouted and he would have finished them off in no time.
He is pretty cute though! He was chattering at me, as if to say, "Hey, where's the rest of the apples! Bring me more apples!"
Now, we set it again and see if we catch another one!