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Success!

They’re here! The sunflowers are here! Hundreds of ’em. And a little bonus – because I planted three different varieties, some are behind the others schedule-wise, and we’ll have blooms for quite a while. The giants in the back should bloom in a few weeks if the weather holds out and we don’t have a hard frost.

You have a great day too!

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Late Summer Blooms

The perennials have bloomed their last, the lily and hosta stalks are more and more brown each day, and the catnip is more silver than green these days. Yes Friends, my favorite perennial beds are nearly spent. However, the annuals I sprinkled here and there have taken up the slack. And the big patch of sunflowers? I’m predicting quite a spectacle in about three days!

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It Won’t Be Long Now

The sunflower blossoms are starting to open! Saw my first one today. Looks like the small and mediums are going to bloom nicely. The giants haven’t quite gotten tall enough to have blossoms yet, but there’s still hope for them too.

I have a pile of rags and a tube of stove blacking all ready. Today I’ll be sprucing up the woodstove for the new season. Might climb up on the tinycabin roof too – looks like I have a little leak. I think I might have forgotten to high-temp caulk around the collar of the chimney or something. I think it’ll be an easy fix, whatever it is. It’s hardly rocket science up there.

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Fall Bounty

Albeit a little early.

I’m looking out the kitchen window, thinking about tomorrow’s cooler temps, and daydreaming over my bowl of batter. The summer lilies have lost their bloom, and the maples are already turning. It’s at this point that I realize – perhaps fully, for the first time – what The Harvest means. For me, anyhow.

I’m putting a batch of zucchini bread in the oven, and I’ll be making another tomorrow. Zukes abound in these parts. I took an enormous salad (homegrown lettuce, parsley, basil, tomatoes, onions, boiled eggs from the hens) to a gathering at a neighbor’s home last week. Our church hall sports bushels fullĀ of gorgeous vegetables each Sunday. Workplace desks around town are fairly loaded with squash and lettuce.

This is one of my favorite things about living in a place full of gardeners – the sharing. Of course, this is all part of something larger – the rural/small town tradition of lending-a-hand and being neighborly. Of truly being in a place with each other. I think the late Summer and early Fall sharing season brings that collective way of life into very clear focus.

My neighbor just gave me some huge zukes, which combined with some flour, sugar, spices, and fresh eggs will become zucchini bread for our Wine Night tomorrow evening. (We all bring a wine we want the others to try.) I’m going to make him an extra loaf of bread to take home. That’s a pretty nifty metaphor to boil it all down to.

“Give me a few of those zukes, neighbor; and I’ll make you dessert. And we’ll have some wine.”

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Lovely

It’s time to catch up, huh Friends?

No post in how many days? I’m supposing I haven’t had much to say, other than simply, Life is Lovely. Summer is beginning to wane.

Of course, around here, you hear a quip or two about that, but we don’t mind it. Late Summer and Fall are our very favorite seasons. So, you see, noticing that the maples are just beginning to turn … That’s a lovely thing, I think.

Town festivals abound, organ work at the church continues in a lovely manner (I have a heck of a Beethoven Variations postlude planned for this Sunday), evenings are a little cooler, we’re eating out of the garden, I’m beginning to plan our Halloween Display Spectacular, and the sunflowers are just beginning to bloom.

Oh, yeah. That’s gonna be a lot of sunflowers.

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I Think They’ll Live

Remember the tiny one-inch sprouts in the “Sunflower Forest” I planted alongside the road? The little sprouty peepers I showed you a photo of a few weeks ago? Some of them are almost five feet tall!

Never mind zucchini … if these all bloom, I’m going to have thousands of sunflowers!

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The Garden Report

The garden(s) are going great guns here at The Pines, and I thought it would be nice to report on some of the plants/beds/experiments I’ve talked about over the past few months. Let’s do it in photos, though. Totally more fun.

That tomato plant (more like a bush!) I bought at our local Ace is a monster! And the lettuce growing underneath it ain’t too shabby either.

Remember the new herb and flower bed? We’re eating out of it already. The zukes and some more lettuce are planted in the back left side here too.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have peas!

Last year’s perennial bed is the success of the season! Looks like I’m going to have some thinning to do.

And the “Sunflower Forest” out alongside the road? Um, I think it’s going to be fine.

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