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We Wander around the Garden

My computer broke.

Just like that.

One minute we were humming right along, and the next it was spiraling towards a slow death.  My husband resurrected my photos and a handful of my favorite sewing patterns, but it was time to move on.  He also bought me a shiny new computer.  It’s turquoise.  The trouble was, I didn’t want to take the time to get to know my shiny new turquoise computer.  So I drug my feet.  But our summer was so full of good things I didn’t want to let it slip by without writing about it.

So here we are again and I hardly know were to begin.  Sometimes I try to squeeze everything into one big, fat catch-up post, but that will not do this time.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be filling in the spaces but tonight that feels like a big task.  Instead I think I’ll ease in slowly.

The cutting garden is growing.  After dinner is the perfect time to wander around in it.  Especially with a little one who’s been known to nibble on unsuspecting dahlias.  Who likes to sink her pudgy fingers into the moist dirt and drink from the garden hose.

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

We are so flush with flowers right now that we put them everywhere. Bouquets in the bathroom, next to the stack of books by my bed, on the kitchen window sill… basically any flat surface in the house.

The cutting garden | Inanorchard

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

The zinnias have bloomed beautifully this year.  Unfortunately I planted much smaller varieties than I had intended (seed shopping with 4 children can be distracting).

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

The dahlias have been such a treat.  They are on the tail-end of their blooming.  Most of my large white dinner plate dahlias have come and gone.

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

The cosmos decided to be finicky this year.  They played hard to get, but I wooed them in the end.

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

Just when I was about to give up and turn them into mulch; little buds appeared at the tips of the new growth.  Looks like I’ll be picking cosmos clear into September… not a bad thing.The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

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The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

 

These little Bachelor Buttons were my favorites!  So easy to please.  Bloomed straight away and the little pops of blue looked amazing in every bouquet.  You my friend are getting a much bigger part in next year’s garden… especially if the cosmos decide to be divas again.

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

 

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

 

Good night friends.  See you again soon

~April

Sub-par Vegetable Gardener

 

Things I like/am borderline obsessed with: snacks before bed, British sitcoms from the 1970′s, Italian cream sodas, polka-dot fabric, harmonicas, and cut flowers in the house.  All of the flowers, all over the house, all of the time.

As soon as we moved into a house with a little bit of land I started planting flowers.  For the first few years I would plant a vegetable garden with a couple of rows of flowers mixed in for good measure.  The truth is I’m rubbish at vegetables.  I never harvested them at the right time, I quickly ran out of ways to cook them, and my efforts to unload them on all my friends and family failed 9 times out of 10.  You can only give squash to the same group of people for so long before they start politely refusing.  But here’s the brilliant thing about flowers… no one ever turns them down!

“Would you like 74 zucchinis?”  “No?”

“Would you like a bucket of sunflowers?”  “You’d like that very much?  Well great! Because I happen to have a whole bucket full!”

Do you have any idea how much fun it is to have a bucket full of sunflowers?

{flowers from gardens past}

The Cutting Garden

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I’ve given up all pretenses.  No longer will I be a sub-par vegetable grower.  It’s all flowers from here on out.

In past years I’ve had trouble with gophers.  They’ve eaten over 70 daffodil bulbs, 4 lilac bushes, half a row of sweetpeas, and a couple of rose bushes.  I got so tired of spending time and money on flowers that only served to keep the gopher population fat and happy.  So this year Justin made me three good-sized raised flower beds, and lined the bottom of them with gopher wire.  Now I can plant to my heart’s content and gleefully thumb my nose at all those dang gophers.

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This summer I planted dahlias, two varieties of zinnias, a whole box full of cosmos, cornflowers, a row of cutting sunflowers in a variety of colors and sizes, and a few herbs.

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Right now the boxes are all full of summer flowers, but this fall I plan on planting 4 English roses, 100 daffodil bulbs, and a whole row of sweetpeas!

I thought that three boxes would be plenty but I’m already daydreaming about three more.  A girl needs room to plant flowers!  So many more types of cutting flowers that I’d like to grow… more dahlias, bells of Ireland, amaranth, hollyhocks, iceland poppies, a small hoop-house for peonies… {sigh}

Maybe someday