Jul 28, 2011

Bottling Summer Up....

These are the days,
the lazy middle of summer days....

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when you want to soak in all you can,
the sun...
the smells..

to bottle it up and save it for a cold winters morn...


garden fresh peas,
smell like the earth itself...
rich and green...


the elegant pods...


and the simple flower...


BASIL!!!
what would summer be without the smell of Basil?


the complete laziness,
of roadside wildflowers....

(Queen Anne's Lace)


even though their frothy flower clusters
do resemble a snow flurry...


Roses...
in perfect blue jars....


their ruffled petals,
almost too pretty for words...




their lucky feet,
swimming in the tropical blue water...


summers of yesteryear,
bottled up...


wrapped in a lace bow...
treasured....

Today I am joining...
and

Thanks for stopping by...

Jul 27, 2011

The End of July in the Garden....

It's the last week of July
and summer really has yet to begin here...

I was reading Deb at the Garden Party blog
(she is a fellow Northwest gardener),
and she had heard on the news that we had had a total of
1 hour and 48 minute of temperatures over 80 degrees,
since summer began....

it is a strange year!

The garden seems to now be in limbo...
the spring flowers are worn out,
and the summer blooms are on hold....

But there is still lots to see... 
Wanna look around?
lets stroll...

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the High Hopes Climbing Rose...



just buzzing by....
It is always fun to find a surprise in my photos!


the cottage bike planter,
with Queen Elizabeth in the foreground...


Cupids Dart....






Achillea,
a lady bugs best friend,
they are always crawling with them...


pink Achillea's millions of tiny clustered flowers....


and again in white....



Drumstick Allium are popping open...

I love the whimsical feel they add to the garden....
like magical purple sceptors...


a spent bloom of an earlier Allium...
the pods are far to pretty to cut!


the Hollyhock are climbing tall...



summery Mallow's blooms are beginning to unfurl....


the first of the tall Garden Phlox....



do you remember the grocery store Miniature Rose bushes
I bought in the early spring?

they are thriving in the garden....


Today I am joining...
and

Thanks for strolling with me today...

Jul 26, 2011

Lavender Farm...

On Sunday Mike and I visited a local Lavender Farm,
I thought you would like to come along for a peak...

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It is a newer farm run by a super nice couple...
Jerry and Barbara Hulscher...

We arrived early and were the only ones there,
the smell was amazing,
it was so quiet and peaceful!

Last year we went to Sequim, Wa
to Lavender Festival,
which although amazing!
has become commercial and so busy,
so this was a real treat!


I never see a field of Lavender without thinking about Shug
in the movie the Color Purple...

"I think it pisses God off
 when you walk by the color purple in a field
 and don't notice it"....


they give you cute baskets to lay your cuttings..

I brought home four bundles
and made a wreath I shared here...

and I have a couple bundles left for sachets...


this white Lavender is called White Spears...

I loved it as a backdrop to the purple,
I thought about bringing a bush home..

but don't know where I would put it,
the bushes must have been 4' across!


loved the layering of the colors....


because of our cool summer
a lot of the bushes have yet to come into bloom....

so if you are local,
there is plenty of time left to enjoy the farm....






as a young reluctant gardener,
who spent most of her Saturday mornings weeding...

my persistent question was
"is this a weed?"
to which the reply was...
"a Rose in a cornfield is a weed"....

my father wasn't a cottage style gardener,
and I liked the Shasta Daisy in the Lavender field just fine :-)


the girls came along..

and although they had a good time,
they did not find the smell of Lavender relaxing...

(I still need to increase my shutter speed,  sorry)

they spent most of the morning doing this....


yes there is always a rose....

did you see the bee,
  loaded down with Lavender pollen?
I would love to find his hive :-)


Today I am joining...
and


Thanks for coming along....