Most mornings begin with watering the garden in our pajamas. The girls and I take the basket and the clippers to gather the day’s blooms. Sometimes there are only a few flowers floating around in the bottom of the basket and some mornings it overflows.
She pulls down all the Mason jars and small pitchers and begins carefully arranging her harvest.
The jars are then placed all around the house. It’s a good way to start the day….
The garden is experiencing a little bit of a lull. The sweet peas are gone for the year (they lasted clear into June! which is a personal record for my garden). The roses have all bloomed, although it’s only a matter of time before we’ll get another round of roses.
All the rest of the summer flowers are just starting to bloom. A few sunflowers here and there. The occassional cosmos, and a solitary zinnia.
More than any of the other children she is my constant compainion in the garden. Watering, digging her toes in the mud, squealing when she finds a ladybug…she loves it all.
The Bachelor Buttons are doing wonderfully again this year!
We’ve started to get just enough flowers to pass on to friends and family. Soon there will be more than enough to go around!
Ah! But this week something very exciting happened in the garden! We’ve expanded once again; this time to include a pumpkin patch!
Justin tilled the front patch and borrowed a neighbor’s tractor to lay black plastic and drip hoses. Hopefully this coming week we will be able to plant the pumpkin seeds! I have 8 varieties of heirloom pumpkin seeds that I purchased from Johnny’s Seeds (including a pink variety!).
Early this spring I was trying to come up with a summer project that the boys might be interested in tackling. Something we could do at home, that would give them a task to focus on during the summer, and help them to earn some money. I pitched the idea of a pumpkin patch and they loved the idea. I purchased the seeds (which they will reimburse me for out of their pumpkin patch profits), and while I’ll be pretty involved this year, I’m expecting them to do most of the manual labor. They’ve been told the work will be hard and hot but right now excitment is trumping all other feelings I’m easily the most excited about the pumpkin patch! All those gorgeous pumpkins growing right in my front yard!
Here’s the progress for the garden so far~