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July 10, 2012

A Few Firsts of the Summer Season

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 9:47 am
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Summer, summer, summer; I love it so.  And not just because I still have 7 more weeks before I have to go back to work!  The days are long and seem to pass slowly with no particular place to be.  It is warm and green and lush.  Some of my favorite things about summer are also starting to appear around me, a bit early I believe.

On July 4th, I harvested my first cucumber and summer squash from my garden.
first harvest

Zucchini quickly followed and I already have a few over-sized specimen.  Meghan and I ate the first zucchini like this:

Breaded and shallow-fried, delicious.

Like many flowers in my yard and gardens, my daylilies seem to make later appearances than others I’ve seen around town.  My first opened on July 5th this year.

first daylily

And now that the butterfly bushes are in full bloom, the butterflies have returned to my yard.  Surprisingly, the monarchs were the first I saw this year.

First monarch spotting

King of butterflies

The swallowtails, hummingbird moths and a great spangled frillitary have all made subsequent appearances.

Another of my favorites of the summer season happens this weekend – the annual camping trip.  I know that camping is not for everyone, but you can read about what makes this tradition with my group of friends pretty great right here.

Now that the heat wave that has had so much of this county in its grips for a while has started to ease back, I hope you are getting out and enjoying summer too.


  1. I love me some cucumbers dipped in 1000 Island dressing. Salad optional. 🙂

    Beautiful butterfly photos.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 10, 2012 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Scott. It is ranch dressing for me!

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2012 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  2. Ah, summer. I wish it could last all year long. Glad to see your garden is producing! We actually had our first tomato last week (very early…won’t happen now for a few more weeks) and I expect cukes in about a week, followed by zuchinni.

    What? No cocktail photos? 😉

    Comment by milkayphoto — July 10, 2012 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

    • Wow, that is an early tomato. I won’t have any until August.
      This blog posts was about a few “firsts” of the season – the first cocktail of the season was about a month ago, lol.

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2012 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  3. Those veggies look great! I have very tiny zukes and very green tomatoes. I planted my garden so very late. But we’ve been harvesting basil and mint so it’s a start. Have fun camping!

    Comment by Becky Sue — July 10, 2012 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

    • I can’t believe the giant zucchini I have already! If you ever want any zucchini or squash, stop by!
      Thanks Becky.

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2012 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  4. Continued luck with your garden. I am seeing many more butterflies this year…are you?

    Comment by Karen — July 11, 2012 @ 9:52 am | Reply

    • Thank you Karen. No, I don’t seem to be seeing any extra butterflies this year – I wish I was!

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2012 @ 8:54 am | Reply

  5. We take the zuccini and yellow squash and grate them, then cook them like hash browns. We won’t be seeing anything from our garden for a couple of weeks yet. Love those butterflys!

    Comment by tedgriffith — July 11, 2012 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

    • I think my sister has cooked zucchini like that. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the yield I’m getting so far. Planning to grill a bunch of it this weekend while camping.
      Thanks Ted.

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2012 @ 8:56 am | Reply

  6. May I come over for lunch, Karma? Please? (And your butterfly photos are wonderful!)

    Comment by Kathy — July 12, 2012 @ 10:24 am | Reply

    • Oh how I’d love to have lunch with you, Kathy! I think you’d be a most interesting person to chat with over a meal.
      Thank you.

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2012 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  7. Love your photos – no garden for me this year, but it’s nice to see what others are harvesting. The heat has left you and moved this way – while you roasted, we enjoyed ideal temperatures. Now we’re hotter than I like, albeit not as hot as you were.

    Comment by Carol — July 12, 2012 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

    • I wouldn’t say the heat has left us per se – we’re still averaging 85 -90 degrees on a daily basis. It just hasn’t been upper 90’s lately!
      Thank you Carol.

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2012 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  8. Wow! Beautiful squash and cuke. I’d like to come over for lunch, too, please. That zucchini looks yummy. Your butterfly is gorgeous. I was surprised to see monarchs first this year, too. It’s been an odd summer. So glad you’re finding ways to enjoy it. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — July 12, 2012 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

    • Oh wouldn’t that be a fun luncheon – you and Kathy and me? I wonder what the center point among Ohio, Michigan and Massachusetts would be? Odd summer for sure, but I’ve definitely been enjoying it! Thank you Robin.

      Comment by Karma — July 13, 2012 @ 9:34 am | Reply

  9. Guess I should go out and check on my tomato plants…I love summer too…and wish it could go on and on, but maybe then we wouldn’t appreciate it as much. Have fun camping; I’d definitely go!

    Comment by Dawn — July 14, 2012 @ 7:29 am | Reply

    • I know I won’t have tomatoes to pick for quite a while still. I think you are right about summer – the other seasons definitely help me appreciate summer time. We did have fun camping – got home today. I’ll have a post about it sometime soon.

      Comment by Karma — July 15, 2012 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  10. While you’re munching your way around the garden, eat a day lily or two, or pick ’em to garnish a salad …

    Comment by sybil — July 15, 2012 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

    • I didn’t realize daylilies were edible!

      Comment by Karma — July 17, 2012 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

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