Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer is Here!

I didn't realize I hadn't posted in such a long time!  Where does the time go honestly?  I have been busy watering the flowers and garden.  This year instead of so many annuals in front, I opted to plant more perennials in my flower bed mixed with a few flowers.  It is looking good so far.  I have definitely noticed the lack of bees this year.  My neighbors bee farm is about empty.  He lost most of them as everyone else has. I've read  it is due to a chemical made by Monsanto.  So sad.  Where would we be without honey?

We have been eating salads so much this year so far.  I am trying to lose some weight.  I have planter boxes all along the railing of my back deck full of Romaine, Buttercrunch, Spinach, Arugula, Chives, Kale, Cilantro, Parsley and Dill.  I has worked out great.  When I'm ready for salad, I go pick it.   I am just about ready to seed a new late crop for late summer/ fall salads.

The beets are growing and the deer haven't touched them yet.  The tomatoes look great. The squash has lots of blooms.  The corn is about 8" tall already.   I got a couple of Rhubarb plants this year and I'm anxious to make a pie with it when it's ready.  I have a new pepper bed inside our backyard fence so hopefully the deer will keep out.  Last year they mowed down the beets and peppers in the big garden.  I am hoping the extra fence will protect them this year.

I planted pink Impatiens and Bacopa in my flower boxes that hang off the back side of the deck railing. It's under a huge hard Maple tree and perfect shade.  This year I started the Bacopa by seed.  The plants cost about $5 each at Home depot last year and I ended up using two per planter so it got costly.  This year I used about $8 worth of seed and ended with about 30 plants, well enough for each planter.  Here is a stock photo.  

Bacopa has tiny little white flowers that trail and look perfect in planter boxes mixed with Impatiens.  We started so much seed this year that we had enough for my son's garden also. It was a labor of love.

I recently updated the website.  I added a page for Sales Specials. We have a quite a few older patterns that will not be reprinted anymore and discontinued once they are gone.  I reduced the price to $3 and added them to the Sales Specials page.  Check it out.

My upcoming fall fabric line is being printed as we speak and I'm working on a new one for next spring.  Other than that, I am living in the yard.