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June 22, 2012

What I’ve Been Up To

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 12:16 pm
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I’ve been out of school for a week now and I thought it was about time to show you what I’ve been up to and what’s going on around the yard lately.  Of course we had recital this past Saturday, so getting ready for that took up time but I’ve been puttering around taking care of other tasks as well.

garden progress

The garden is progressing along nicely.  I’ve had one major weeding session since planting everything a few weeks ago and I’ve been pretty good about remembering to water in the morning when needed.  Fairly low maintenence so far, and I’ve got…
baby cucumbers

baby cucumbers,

baby summer squash

baby summer squash,

baby zucchini

baby zucchini, and even

baby cayenne pepper

a baby cayenne pepper!

The raspberries are coming along too..

..I’ve already eaten a few!

As for those flowery-type thingies that I love so much, the bee balm is back..
bee balm

..and I’ve purchased and re-potted a few others, like this geranium,

and this cute purple, puffy algeratum:

In addition to weeding, watering and repotting, I’ve been scrubbing and conditioning too. No, not me! Well, okay, yes me, but I was referring to this:

pool finally clean!

After quite a bit of opening work, the pool is finally ready for use.  Just in time too!  Here in the northeast, as is much of the country, we’ve been experiencing our first official heat wave of summer with temps in the 90’s for 3 days in a row.

I’ve also been taking care of this little patch:
yard work

This past spring, hubby finally finished burning all the debris that was left behind by all the violent weather we experienced in these parts last year. Unfortunately, we had to use a spot in the middle of the lawn to do it since the fire had to be a certain distance from the house but within reach of the garden hose.

I shoveled out the pile of coals, loosened the earth beneath and planted this patch of new seed: watching grass grow
Scott’s tells me I’ll have nice thick grass here in about a month.

I won’t let you think I’ve been doing nothing but work over the last week.  I’ve had plenty of time to enjoy myself in my happy place, too:

My happy place

Happy summer everyone!  So what have you been up to lately?


  1. Oh wow. 90’s ! That’s way too hot for me. ‘course that explains why your garden is so far ahead of mine here near the Nova Scotia coast.

    I don’t have lots of veggie space so most of mine are in pots on my deck. Tomatoes and peppers. I’ve plunked a couple of cucumber and zucchini plants in with my perennials, out front. Oh and I have planted one eggplant in a barrel.

    I also have a couple of small fake ponds. One has four resident frogs and six or so goldfish. The other has tadpoles and salamander fry (is that what they’re called).

    Your garden looks marvellous and in that heat, the pool very necessary and refreshing.

    Comment by Sybil — June 22, 2012 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

    • Temps are going to be more “normal” for the area starting today. Luckily, upper 90’s only roll around now and then in the summer around here. 80’s are expected, and that’s okay with me.
      Any way you can have fresh veggies sounds good to me.
      Do your resident frogs make a lot of noise at night? I’ve got several tree frogs that have taken up residence in my backyard and they are so loud in the evening! Make me a little crazy!
      Thanks Sybil.

      Comment by Karma — June 23, 2012 @ 8:18 am | Reply

  2. LOOK at your garden grow! 🙂 Ours is fenced in and raised but we were having an issue with the gate and a rabbit got in one night and ate ALL the leaves off the snow pea vines and the pole bean shoots – arrrgh! (I hadn’t put any of the milorganite in the garden since nothing usually can get in). The gate since has been fixed and I planted more snow peas and pole beans (though, some may recover) but it has put us behind. Sigh.

    Glad to see the pool is ready! Hubby toook Wed/Thurs off this week and the pool was a godsend with the heat. It is still hot here today but I know that is all to change later tonight and tomorrow. Got to enjoy it while we can. I’ve had to water the gardens like crazy and keep some things sheltered from the heat (those peony umbrellas sure come in handy for that!) but overall, things are okay. Once the heat subsides, I have a lovely new clematis vine to plant and some roses to move. So, some work, some play. I LOVE summer!!! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — June 22, 2012 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

    • So far the garden is fairing well – we shall see as stuff gets bigger and more tempting. My garden fence is not in great shape. And I keep forgetting to go look for that milorganite you told me about.
      Oh clematis. I love those. They seem to be blooming like crazy around here but I don’t see anything on mine yet, though mine does tend to be a later-in-summer bloomer.

      Comment by Karma — June 23, 2012 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  3. Summer is all about working in the yard, planting, mowing, weeding and then enjoying the rewards of that work. Our fickle weather finally won and I gave up on vegetables a few years ago, but I loved it when I had some success each year that I planted. One year I even got melons – unheard of here. It never happened again.

    Comment by Carol — June 22, 2012 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

    • Melons! I’ve tried several times to have melons and never had any luck. I’ve tried different sizes of watermelon and cantaloupe too, but never gotten anything bigger than a baseball!

      Comment by Karma — June 23, 2012 @ 8:21 am | Reply

  4. Beautiful!! I miss my veggie garden so much….don’t miss weeding it though!

    Comment by kanniduba — June 22, 2012 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

    • Thanks KD. The weeding hasn’t been too bad so far – the landscape fabric really helps with that. I’m assuming you have no veggie garden due to the renovations? If that’s the case, a year of from the garden will be worthwhile for sure! I’ll bet you can find some nice farmers’ markets in your area to fill the void, right?

      Comment by Karma — June 23, 2012 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  5. Your garden is much further ahead than ours in the U.P. Lucky you! Baby zukes and cukes and other tasties heading toward your table very soon. We’re enjoying lettuces and green onions, that’s all. I’ll bet you are so happy to be out of school and able to relax a little. Happy weekending, Karma!

    Comment by Kathy — June 23, 2012 @ 11:11 am | Reply

    • Ah, but no sign of my garden favorites, tomatoes, just yet. I’m sure I am trying to rush them – we were out of school pretty early this year, so it seems like I should have baby tomatoes by now too! I’ve given up trying to grow lettuce – there are far too many hungry rabbits in the neighborhood for me to sustain a crop. I am thoroughly enjoying the slower pace of life summer brings to this house! Thanks Kathy. 🙂

      Comment by Karma — June 23, 2012 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  6. Hi, Karen! Your garden looks great! Mine went in so late that it’s quite behind. I’ve been working diligently on a new flower garden that one day I’ll blog about. We have been so busy and it continues into the summer. I would love to find time to get together.

    Comment by Becky Sue — June 24, 2012 @ 7:54 am | Reply

    • Thanks Becky! I’ll look forward to reading about the new flower garden. I hope your busy days will wind down a bit soon. Getting together for coffee or lunch or a walk with the dogs would be great!

      Comment by Karma — June 24, 2012 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  7. It looks like you have a successful garden going. I’m in the northeast as well, New Hampshire and Maine. My garden in Maine doesn’t get planted until the end of May each year. First too much rain and cool weather and now too much heat.

    Comment by Karen — June 24, 2012 @ 8:39 am | Reply

    • Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I LOVE Maine. I have vacationed there since I was a child. I always plant my garden Memorial Day weekend. Some years are good, some not so much. We shall see what Mama Nature has in store for us this summer.

      Comment by Karma — June 24, 2012 @ 8:51 am | Reply

      • Let’s hope were have a good growing season. Good luck.

        Comment by Karen — June 24, 2012 @ 9:56 am

  8. Well there’s been weeding…and some travel…and a bit of dog obedience…so far my summer is sort of like your summer minus the pool! Love the puffy purple flower!

    Comment by Dawn — June 24, 2012 @ 9:55 am | Reply

    • Thanks Dawn. I haven’t gotten to travel yet (first small trip actually happening this Thursday) and my dogs aren’t terribly obedient, LOL (I jest, they’re pretty good pooches) and the pool has been more work than relaxation so far – you win! 😉

      Comment by Karma — June 24, 2012 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

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