Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm thinking, I'm thinking...

I've been told that it's so important to have a good first sentence. I'm trying really hard to think up something great. But, nothing is coming to my poor, tired brain.

I've been having some "Sweetie Pie time" aka "granddaughter time" the past two weeks, so I've been somewhat distracted and have not done much blogging. I'm still recovering from the whirlwind we call "Sweetie Pie". As you may be able to imagine, my house was in total disarray after two weeks. Monday I worked my tail to the bone, cleaning the inside of the house. The car received its semi-annual washing in the morning, which would explain the rain in the evening. 

Tomorrow I have to start working on the outside. The vegetable garden is going crazy with weeds, and the other garden areas need some attention as well. Hopefully, the big rain storm that just blew through will be taking some of the heat and humidity with it, and I won't melt while working in the garden. 

I thought I would share some photos of my garden. This is how my garden looked a month ago. My garden does not look like this now. 
This is how my garden looks today. Some things are growing and some are dying off, like the onions and garlic. (It's ok. They are supposed to.) However, do you see that big, tall patch of stuff? I've been told that it's artichokes. (But, I'm not totally convinced.) It just gets taller and taller with no artichokes in sight. (My Brussels Sprouts seem to be pulling the same stunt. The stuff grows beautifully, but no sprouts.) I suppose I could take the time to "google" it, but then I would get distracted, and never make it back to finish my blog. 
Here's another view (before) of potatoes, beans, beets, and tomatoes interspersed through out. My SIL gave me a flat of 56 tomato plants. I've got tomatoes EVERYWHERE!
Today - Looks like a lotta work!
Tomaotes on the steps
My sproutless Brussels

Dying tomatoes on the left, lettuce patch on the right

Artichoke Imposter

And now, here's a little walk through the flowers. I don't have any tulips, but you might still have to tip-toe. (heehee - I crack myself up sometimes.)
Mr. Frog just makes me smile.

A month ago
Today - see what I mean about tip-toeing?

Blazing Star

There are about seven more trees that look similar to this one -
all needing attention (sigh) 

Day Lilies


Purple Cone Flower

Queen Anne's Lace

Ground Sedum - (If you know the actual name for this, please let me know!)


Giant Hosta
As you can see, I have a lot of work to do. If you don't hear from me for a while, send out the search team. I might be lost in the weeds!


  1. I don't have vegetables but my flowers share a strong resemblance to yous. Everything is giant size and growing where it shouldn't -- shade plants in full sun. It's been a freaky season, for sure.
    Hope I was supposed to laugh at your plight. Accept my apologies if I wasn't. :D

  2. Wow, you do have a lot of work to do! I didn't realize it was such a mess because to me as long as it is growing it looks lovely.

  3. I love your sign about weeds ;) Had any takers, yet?

    Your garden certainly has grown in the couple of weeks you've been playing with your Sweetie Pie, and you seem to have quite a sizeable garden to tend to! Don't stress too much, though, as it still looks very pretty, even if a little overgrown in places. Just do it little by little and stop to smell the flowers and listen to the birds once in a while, too!

    Your veggie garden is impressive! Hope those sprouts and imposter artichokes do their thing!

  4. Your garden looks great! I have 2 tomato plants in pots outside my back door.

  5. pretty picures..it has been over 100 degrees a day here for a month. So everything is brown.
    Following you. If you can stop by www.familystitchery.blogspot.com.

  6. Isn't it amazing how you turn around and it seems to all go haywire? Curious about that artichoke imposter.
    Good luck and....GOD SPEED!
    Blessings, Joanne

  7. The flowers are beautiful! Good luck with all the weeds! I really hope it cools down for you.

  8. We had sproutless cucumbers - for the second year - lots of leaves - no cucumbers :-(

    You must have tomatoes coming out of your ears!!! We had about 9 tomato plants and we had them everywhere!

  9. I love the daisies at the foot of the tree, and have never seen or heard of a blazing star before! Love Mr. Frog!! Gosh, I'm glad I don't have a garden now, these pictures make me tired just even looking at them!! But family FIRST, and so much more important to spend quality time with your granddaughter!

  10. Wow, what a garden. I love all these photographs, and yes there is a lot of work here. Enjoyed reading this post.

  11. "Sweetie Pie" time sounds heavenly. I'm glad you enjoyed.
    Your garden's very impressive even with the imposters.
    Be well, Darlene.

  12. Its so hot here its been hard to keep up with my garden :) New follower & looking forward to reading more!

  13. Hi, I am your newest follower from the Blog hop. stop by some time!


  14. Oh, this is so inspiring to me! I keep saying I need to get a garden going...maybe this is the kick in the pants I need. Beautiful photos!

    Happily following you from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. I would love it if you would follow back. Stop on by and say hi!


  15. Wow, I got wore out just looking at the pics and thinking about all the work you have to do and with the heat wave not seeming to be going away. It is like the whole country is experiencing our normal summer of over 95 degrees almost every day.

    I somehow feel the urge to find me a Mrs. Froggy to put in the yard. We have had a few toads living there a few times. Not sure where they went or if the cats got them.

    I think if I had as many tomato plants as you have that I would start a spaghetti sauce company. My two plants sound like nothing. Although it is so hot outside that I am glad they are in pots and very little weeding needed.

    Oh how I do feel for you when I see how much weeding you have to do.

    God bless.


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