Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Outside the house...

Let me take you on a tour outside our home. I am trying to get used to our new camera so bear with me on the photos. While I'm outside the pack stays in their part of the yard.

Well, except for Scrappy, she didn't want to go outside so she's napping on "her chair."

We've had some rain lately and there's more to come. I love it because that means I don't have to water the garden. The peach trees are heavy laden with fruit that will soon be ripe.

In the vegetable garden we have zucchini, lots of tomatoes and some brussel sprouts. Last year we had one zucchini plant and had more than enough but the plants I got came in a four-pack so we'll have loads to share.

Our tomato plants are just starting to have fruit. These are called "Big Mamas" they are a roma with less seeds so they make excellent marinara sauce.

Cherokee Purples that are so tasty.

This is a patch of basil, both Thai purple and regular sweet basil. I planted it last year and let it go to seed and now we have a really nice patch. I love a perennial!!!

The blueberries are doing pretty good. They are young plants but I hope to have enough to make a pie or two.

I found this blooming yesterday. Is this a tiger lily? I don't know, but I like it.

These white daises are to the point of being invasive but they are pretty when they bloom.

This is also a new flower that my mom gave me a few years ago and is just now blooming. I think it's a gladiola,,am I right? Oh, I need to call and ask my mom. She had a bouquet on the table for Father's Day.

While walking around the peach trees I found this bird's nest that fell. I guess they had to start over after the storms. It's so interesting to see that they gather dog hair for the inside of the nest. I see both Speedbump and Charlie hair!!!

Blessings to you all from the holler...


Paula said...

Goodness... your garden is like paradise! What do you do with the peaches- can or freeze them? I've never heard of a Cherokee Purple... is it an heirloom variety?
That's cute about you finding the dogs' hair in the nest... I found a nest near the barn that had some wool in it where we had sheared the sheep and left some on the ground. Industrious little birdies!

Carmen C. said...

Love the pic of them behind the fence watching to see where you're off too, LOL! Your garden and flowers are just gorgeous! I bet that fur made for a nice cozy nest for the birds;)

Mrs. JP said...

Hi Paula, I make jam and freeze some. The Cherokee Purple is an heirloom and grows especially well in Tennessee.

Goose Hill Farm said...

Good afternoon~

From what I can see of your floral pics, you are right on the money....tiger lillies and gladiolas.

Thank you so much for your tour. You have a beautiful oasis right at your fingertips! :> )


The Life of Riley said...

Thanks for your garden tour. It is so lovely to see your plants, the sunlight and signs of summer, as it is cold, grey and wet outside. It is the winter solstice in New Zealand today.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, your birds would just love all the fur we could give them:) Your garden is magnificent. Mom would so love some fresh tomatoes like you have there. And oh, those peaches, bet they are delicious.

Happy summer.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Cindy said...

I get such a kick out of seeing the pack staring at you when you go out for a walk! My, your garden is to die for. The tomatoes sound wonderful. I never got a garden going as there was so much rain and mud that I gave up. I love to pick wild daisies and put them in old milk bottles or canning jars and bring them in on the kitchen table or on the porch. I can never have too many! The bird's nest with doggie hair is funny. Lifee looks good in the holler!

Sierra Rose said...

Beautiful blooms and berries! Love seeing the pack watching you.... what's mom doin'? :)

Have a nice almost weekend!

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

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I love your garden. It is a rather cold and overcast spring/summer here, and we won't get any harvest from the garden until August, I'm afraid. It was 50 degrees when I got up this morning (65 in the house) and I wanted to run the furnace!