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Archive for July, 2012

Flowers and More

One advantage of being more home-bound than normal is that our deck looks wonderful this year.

Each morning,  even if I’m not feeling well,  I can still toddle out there to check on my flowers.  With the beastly heat this summer they really need to be watered daily so I also deadhead and pull off dead leaves and pinch and prune while I’m there.  A good routine.

The porch boxes got a late start this year.  Last winter we grew the most beautiful and sturdy pansies I had ever had.  I found a flat of apricot colored pansies at Home Depot.  They were the only flat of that color left so they were easy to spot in the garden center.  Up against the newly painted cream-colored railing and brown deck floor they were a perfect complement.  With a sprinkle of Ozmocote they lasted till late April with large and constant blooms.  I was sad to see them finally go with the onset of the summer heat.

I thought I wouldn’t plant impatiens.  They didn’t do well last year, spindly and sparse.  However,  the coral impatiens just yelled to come home with me.  They too have done well — a shot of Ozmocote and a lots of TLC worked well again.

Bruce replanted four rose bushes from the lower yard, where we never saw them, and put two in pots on the deck and two in pots in the flower garden.  They have done remarkably well, blooming regularly now. With some red petunias and orange marigolds, a big pot of white impatiens and red ones and a resurrected ficus tree, the deck is thoroughly floral.  On nice days it’s a great place to be.  From the living room it’s a great place to see.

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BLT

It just screams, “Summertime!”

Nothing is quite like a bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwich.  Especially when the red juicy tomatoes come from your own garden.  I even peeled them so they were extra juicy.  I mean drip off your chin juicy!   Yum, Yum.

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Red and Ripe

In the past, we’ve left the tomatoes on the vine until we were ready to eat them.  Not his year.  Bruce has gone beyond his usual diligence.  He has trimmed and staked and tied and watered.  The plants are  beautiful.

So now he picks them as soon as they start to turn red.  We bring them and let them ripen inside — no bugs or wasps.  They’re all ours.  Bruce has even has become the tomato delivery man, hanging a bag on the neighbor’s door knob every few days.  Aah, the bounty of summer!

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