2014 in the Sonnystone Gardens

Just a picture post…  I thought that would be easier, but I find I’m unable to edit what pictures I add to such a large gallery…  I’ve tried 3 times to no avail.  So there’s another lesson:  sometimes you don’t get a do-over.

But sometimes, you do…  I’ve got plans for 2015…

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end of the edibles…

My edible garden is nearly empty…

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It’s due to turn cold this week-end, so I’ve harvested the last of the bell peppers and green beans.

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I still have a couple of planters-full of my beloved basil…

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Other than some Sugar Snap Peas climbing up the trellises, that’s a wrap for the 2014 veggie-growing season.

I love Autumn;  it’s very nearly my favorite season, but I hate to pick favorites.  We’ve had a spell of too-hot days, and  I’m ready for the cool and seeing what Jack Frost can do with the foliage;  already my blueberry bushes are foreshadowing the coming palette, picking up the gold and orange of the hardy marigolds:

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Since this is my first fall with the screen-porch, I’m verry excited to get the pumpkins, mums, pansies, and scarecrows arranged this week-end.   Till then…

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Picture Post

I’ve got to leave for work in just a few minutes, so I’m going to just show you some pictures that I took 6/30.  The rains have been generous and the daytime temps have been kindly, so both the garden and I love it.  We have feasted on cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, green beans and 2 better boys from the garden, and it looks like we’ll have plenty for the grandkids to pick when they arrive next week.

Have a great 4th of July!

Oh, just one more thing, check out my blueberries…

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Two more of the bushes are covered, and I’m waiting for the grands to pick them.  The raspberries are sort of finished, but there may be a few left for them to eat, too.

What’s growing at Sonnystone…

I’ve been so preoccupied with the inside of my house, preparing for the July Family Fest.  I think I may have moved every single piece of furniture in the house, at least twice, and still am not finished.  Meanwhile, the intermittent rain and sunshine has taken care of the garden–though I have some dead-heading to do.  Often I am as obsessive about re-arranging the garden as I am the furniture, so I think my plants are secretly happy that I’ve left them in charge of their own show (for a while).

New stuff:  Check out my grapes!!!  We bought some netting to keep the birds from eating them all this year, but we didn’t get it placed due to rainy rain.  I’m going to guard them somehow, though, as I reallly want a crop of concords this year (and stomp them):

There have been some new additions in the front of the house. Last fall, Casey brought home some tall grasses and we planted them out out by the daylilies. They will get 8-10ft tall, so I’m hoping they’ll do some screening of the street…so far, so good:

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The tomatoes are fruiting…

And many of the blueberries are Blue!!!

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Overall, I’d say we’ll be eating pretty well at the FFest in July and with grandkids to help harvest, it will be sweet: