MUSINGS, DOINGS AND DABBLINGS OF A CITY GIRL FROM TEXAS LIVING A DUSTY LIFE IN THE WILDS OF OKLAHOMA...
nature, food, travel, garden, photography, family, a bit of style and a heaping helping of silliness... just for the hilarity of it all...
Krispy Kreme in Branson is always one of Talon's must stops. He drags mom and dad in kicking and screaming. Ha! If you know us for reals, then you know that is a lie. We race Talon to the door! Free doughnut, people, free doughnut! (we buy a dozen too so as not to appear totally tacky)
After last summer's triple digit heat wave and drought that hit in early June, I declared: No more gardening!
Hahaha! Yeah, right. I've declared that the last few summers of uncooperative weather. But I do have less garden this year so that if it all goes south I won't have too much money, time and effort invested.
Here are the garden beds that I'm utilizing this summer:
My small main herb garden. Well, mainly basil garden in the summer but my Mexican tarragon, chives, lemon balm and chamomile also live here along with a few flowers.
A couple of weeks ago, I pulled up most of the pansies, lettuce and radishes but left a few to flower and drop seeds. I filled in the new empty spaces with marigold and dill seeds which are already sprouting.
Here is my second largest garden bed and it houses a combo of herbs, flowers and veggies. This is the garden that I can see right out of my kitchen windows. So pretty and peaceful to watch all the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds enjoying the garden.
Lavender, sage and rosemary are permanent residents. I have a large patch of okra growing behind the lavender and sage with green beans, squash and zucchini scattered around.
The flowers that are already up and blooming are volunteers. Like with the small herb bed, I recently pulled up the cool season crops and sowed summer crops in the spaces. Later photo updates won't look so bare!
This little garden bed is built around an old clothesline pole with fencing for vining plants. I have three such poles-- the previous garden bed shown has one too.
Right now, there are extra cucumbers starting to climb on this one and a large cherry tomato which is too small to see right now. Also, a patch of carrots in limbo... more about them in an upcoming garden diary.
My only round garden! It has daylillies and a variety of flowers and veggies most of which are just sprouting.
My big garden which is actually two rows shorter this summer. See I am gardening less! This is where the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, beans, squash and gourds live.
I took these photos over a week ago and my gardens are getting more lush everyday. Just wait till the next photos!
Hope y'all enjoyed this tour of my 2012 summer gardens and stay tuned for more garden diary updates! What is growing good in your garden so far this summer?
Talon has been practicing riding his new bike at the park. The park is much safer and easier than the rocky driveway and the weedy hole-ridden pasture at home. He is still a bit shaky and stayed on the grass during the first trip to the park. But these photos are from the second trip to the park...
And Talon gave the paved exercise path a go! Look at him concentrate and...
Off he goes!
Talon is so proud of his new skill. And Mom and Dad are too. We were a bit worried for his sake since he was so frustrated and discouraged at first. Learning new gross motor skills is always a bit of a challenge for Talon but we took it slow and easy and step by step. And now he is peddling like a pro!
Well, some day soon he will be peddling like a pro. It is funny how many things a newbie has to learn about riding that we 'old hands' never think about: coasting, tapping the brakes to slow but not stop, turning, veering around holes and obstacles, stand up pedaling for more power and braking.
Ah, braking! Braking is such an important riding skill to master. I sure hope Talon starts remembering to use the brakes soon. He brakes like Fred Flintstone which isn't very efficient and is quite terrifying for his parents!
Talon ended his first grade year reading at a third grade sixth month level! Wow! Needless to say, Talon's first grade teacher, Mrs. R, was fabulous! So dedicated, energetic, creative and fun!
We wanted to give Mrs. R a special end-of-the-year thank you gift. But what? She gardens and loves orange (Go Pokes!) so when we spotted a display of these gorgeous Asiatic Lillies 'Tiny Dino' it was an 'Eureka!' moment.
But I could not find a decorative orange (Go Pokes!) pot in the correct size to save my life so used this lovely fabric to hide a plain beige pot. It added the perfect finishing touch!
So if you ever need to pretty up a plain pot for a gift or for home/party decor, look in the fabric/craft section at Walmart or Target ect. There is a display of ready-to-use fabric squares in various sizes and in a rainbow of gorgeous colors/patterns to choose from. I don't frequent that section of the store so had no idea such handy dandy fabric squares existed.
So what did Mrs. R say when Talon presented the lilly: It's my favorite color!