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  • Hope that first image doesn't scare you. That is me, sitting in an imitation Adirondack chair enjoying the fruits of my labor after just mowing the lawn. No trivial task, mind you, I have a double lot on the corner and am close to fanatical about lawn maintenance, as my neighbors will attest. I tend to think it must be the Irish genes from my dad's side, since my mom's roots are 100% German, and the Scots have never been renowned as gardeners, to my knowledge. But be that as it may, I like to keep my yard shipshape and Bristol fashion, to borrow an expression from the Brits.
  • As you can see, the Day Lilies have opened up in all their splendor and will probably last out the month, if not into the 4th of July weekend. I do love their bright orange colors. If the ones I planted by the fence come up next year, there will be a second group in bright yellow.
  • The wildflowers are quite prolific, with several varieties popping up now with all the rain we've been getting. It's interesting to me how the colors appear to go from brighter shades to darker shades as the summer wears on. I've been getting more reds with the yellows and some faint purples as well.
  • The gladiolas are coming along nicely, and I expect them to be out and about in two to three weeks. The package I bought said most would be white and purple in color, but I am thinking we might have a bit more variation.
  • And finally, the vegetables are thriving nicely, with many fruits at various stages of growth. The Pinot Noir pepper has three dark purple hanging, and while their roots are still supple, I believe they will be ready for harvest next week. Hopefully that will mean the remaining flowers will also yield fruit as well. Lots of tomatoes of the three varieties (Beefsteak, Better Boys, and Cherry) are growing large and succulent, several bell and jalapeno peppers are hanging, and the cabbage, celery and cauliflower are all doing well.

    I've already come to the decision to expand the garden outward to double it's current bed size next year. Think I will take a stab at a row of sweet corn and a row of soybeans, as well as the current selections.

    Oh, I hope you noticed Ms. Olivia behind me in the first photograph. She is very adamant about being in the picture.

    ~Fred~
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