7.06.2018

in the garden :: messy summer splendor
























 A photo tour of my garden over the last 6 weeks~ from garlic scapes and just enough strawberries for jam, to plentiful raspberries and eggs and greens, to the first bit of canning and everything in between.  The blueberries pictured, alas, are not from our garden, but from the homestead of a dear friend.  Our blueberries are yet to ripen- though we are just beginning to see a tinge of black and blue on the blackberries and blueberries, so it should be soon!  All in all things are looking quite happy out there- we've been picking beans for a while now and the various summer and winter squashes and cucumbers are starting to really find their footing.  We had to pull some of the onions early (and small) because voles were starting to cause a bit of damage, and our garlic crop this year is looking rather on the small and slightly pitiful side- likely it is time to start over with new seed garlic next year instead of our usual method of saving our biggest and best heads for planting.  The greens and basil are doing so well though, and there is a full bed of onions and garlic yet to harvest and more beans to come, along with just a few tomatoes and peppers.  I've really expanded the herb and flower plantings over the last two years and it has been so satisfying to be able to pick loads of flowers for bouquets (for ourselves and to share) and plentiful herbs to dry for tea and medicine.  The garden is my happy place, for sure.

14 comments:

  1. I really wish I loved to tend to a garden. I did at one point, because my boys loved it, but they they started growing up. Everything in the pictures looks delicious! Maybe someday I will act on the inspiration you always give. (Hopefully!)

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    1. ha! well, I mean...... if it doesn't sing the same siren song to you as it does to me then maybe there's no reason to pursue? I know you have other great outlets for your creativity and your energy. As for me, it is my happy place, and most certainly my therapy. (free therapy, no less!)

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  2. Looks amazing!!! Miss you, let’s do lunch or walk with cows!!!

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    1. thank you dear friend. and YES! I miss those cows,

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  3. I can’t decide which I love more...your words, your garden...or your photography! Or maybe it’s just your heart. Yeah....your heart.

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    1. mmmmmmmmmmmm. such love.
      thanks, Rachel~

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    2. Beautiful heart, beautiful spirit, beautiful intention... let's just be honest here ladies... Amanda encompasses everything beautiful, wholesome, and pure. During these times when the world seems to be falling apart at its core, Amanda reminds us all that there are still beautiful aspects unfolding all around us and to keep appreciating even the littlest of treasures right in our very own backyards.

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    3. oh my goodness- LOVE to you dear Tracy. I do so try to see the little bits of beauty, for sure. the news and the laundry and the snippy familial arguments blur it a bit from time to time, to be sure, but I do indeed strive to see that good. xo

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  4. As usual, your photos are amazing. And your garden is amazingly abundant!

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    1. thank you, thank you! I so appreciate your kind words.
      I realized the other morning while I was out in the garden, camera in hand, taking basically the same photos I've taken a thousand times over..... that that is essentially my version of church. the pause, the gratitude, the photo-documenting of the changes throughout the season. yeah- my happy place, for sure.

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  5. oh, how i love your garden posts! i am heading up the road today to tend to my mother-in-laws garden... gardens actually. i think you would love her :) i'm excited about the thought of actually getting to tend that garden of yours for a bit next summer!!! makes looking at your photos even more exciting :)
    cheers from oregon!

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    1. aw, thanks!
      I love that you think I would love your mother-in-law. maybe when we're up in your neck of the woods next summer we can arrange a garden tour ;)

      did you get my email about next summer? I sent it out several weeks ago- a few folks responded with interest in an as-of-yet uncommitted sort of way (it's so far out, I know it's hard to nail anything down at this point!). we have friends living in an RV and we may see if they can come for the biggest chunk of time. Anyway- just wanting to be sure you got the email as it seems sometimes folks have trouble with receiving mine.
      xo from nc

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