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Cool down

We bought a pool.  Not some stupid kiddie pool, but a nice, large, lounging type grown-up pool.


Working Hard or Hardly Working

This weekend we worked very hard.


We tilled/raked the garden.


Planted our seeds.


Planted two more fruit trees, a blue spruce, and a whole lot of marigolds.




We set up the sprinkler for the garden.



We worked really hard.  And we are pooped.  Oh, and we replaced our shower head, cause Lord knows your shower head is only going to break when you’re at your absolute dirtiest.

I was checking on the other fruit trees, and found a happy plum.


Mary, Mary

We’re back to gardening around here.  We actually started several weeks ago.  Two years ago (the first season of our garden) we tried to start seeds indoors and failed miserably.  Probably because we neglected to harden the plants off properly and they suffered too much shock when transplanted.  So last year we decided not to go to the trouble.  Well this year we decided to give it another go.  Yesterday we transferred several of the baby plants to some larger pots.  They aren’t quite ready for the garden yet, but they’re on their way.



Home, Home on the …..

We got back from Colorado yesterday to a beautiful sight.  No, I don’t mean out two foot high grass that we neglected to mow before we left.  I mean the colorful blooms in our yard.








Two of the azaleas William got me for Valentine’s Day.




These iris bulbs were a gift from a coworker.  This is the first year they’ve bloomed since transplant!

(Did you know: The iris is the Tennessee state flower?)


Garden Update – Sunflower Edition

Last year I noticed our neighbors had giant sunflowers in their garden, and I was very jealous.  So I planted sunflowers in our garden, and they more than doubled their sunflower planting.  Yes, the sunflower contest is on, it is SO on.

We had three beautiful sunflowers that grew.  They were giant.  One was ten feet tall.  The other two were around 7 feet.  Sadly I did not take a picture while they were at their most beautiful.  I was a little bitter because they always faced the neighbors behind us, the ones we are now engaged in a sunflower war with.  I am sure they were so amused by this.

Well the time for harvest finally came, and I truthfully had no idea what to expect….but WOW, growing your own sunflower seeds is way cool!

Now I just have to figure out how to roast them, or whatever you do to them to make them crunchy.



Garden Update – Cucumber Edition


We’ve only had one cucumber plant make it to maturity this year.  It gave us four cucumbers already, so it looks like we might only need on.

How does your garden grow?

From neighboring plants…