Summer's in full swing here on the homestead--the flowers are blooming, the garden is growing, and the harvest will be here before I know it. So before I get buried in buckets of beans, tons of tomatoes, and pounds of potatoes, I wanted to put together a few snapshots and snippets to spotlight some of the areas you may not have seen yet. We've been working hard around here, and things are lookin' pretty good, if I do say so myself! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the slideshow!
This is the view that greets me every morning as I step out my backdoor, and it never fails to perk me up. Gardens are ever-changing and each day brings something new. The vegetable garden is fast becoming a jungle due to the excess rain, but my new pallet fence is doing a great job keeping it contained. I love the white-washed boards against all the green foliage, and the double daylilies bordering the path that runs alongside it are spectacular.
The plantings around the greenhouse entrance are really taking shape. I'm really proud of the Limelight Hydrangea in the foreground (left); it's the only hydrangea I've ever persuaded to live in my garden. It bloomed just after this photo was taken, and the creamy-white, lime-green blooms are gorgeous!
Here's the view of the pond from beside the greenhouse. A few years ago we carved a picnic spot out of the wilderness down there and parked our little camper on the banks beneath the hickory tree. This year we built a swim platform, and I brought down some yard sale lounge chairs and a beach umbrella. Even though it's nothing fancy, we're really enjoying the area, and lately it's been our own private get-away. That's not too far away. But it feels like we're worlds away when we're there, and my-oh-my, it sure is great.
And lastly, here's a shot of my privet wall (center) that I'm so happy with. It's a Golden Vicary Privet hedge, to be exact, and it's filling out nicely even though it's only in its second growing season. It's been so energetic, we even had to shear it this year. The hedge runs parallel to the garden fence, and it acts as a privacy wall for me when I'm working in the garden. It also adds that bit of formality and structure that my free-spirited cottage garden was begging for. And since I got the shrubs for 10 cents apiece, I was more than happy to indulge!