I love Summer best of all, when the days are hot and the glory of flowers abounds, insects buzz, herbs are gathered, and vegetables grace the table.
fairy roses and penstemon (above)
Fresh mint of several varieties grows in a garden in the front of my house, along with a serviceberry (yummy fruit), bluebeard bush, basil, lemon balm, thyme and other herbs, fairy roses, and various flowers. Last year I planted a few tomatoes here as well. This year I am growing snap peas here.
apple mint (above)
I have gardens all around my house, mostly with flowers and some herbs. I grow tomatoes, lettuce, and peppers in pots on my deck. Oh and basil, too! One can never have enough basil!
I've lived in my current house for 10 years, so I've had some time to develop gardens. However, so much work remains to be done. So this year my short list is as follows:
1. dig up and give away extra plants--black eyed susans, lemon balm, buttercups, daylilies, thyme
2. move a few bushes around
3. replace the sargent crab apple that died with something
4. get rid of the mock orange that never bloomed and looks too scraggly most of the time
5. work on the area on the West side of my house.
6. The back of my yard is edged by woods. It is also a bank. I've let the weeds grow up to keep the bank from eroding. (Some of the "weeds" are raspberry plants.) I want to continue to work on this area building the soil higher and filling in with pretty garden plants. I am also working on a path down the bank into the woods. A few steps are needed here.
7. re-do the small garden at the end of my driveway.
8. plant vegetables, herbs, flowers
9. finish mulching!
and relax and enjoy!
This post is for the etsy bloggers' team carnival which will be posted HERE on Monday, May 24. The carnival is hosted by Sweet Sally Soaps (very wonderful soap!). Do go check out her blog now because she is running a contest and you just might win some of her luscious soaps!
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photos by me © 2009