Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Garden news and a little golf....

 Golly it has been a busy summer -- just as it is for everyone.  We've spent lots of time in the hay field and still cutting.  The second cutting of alfalfa is going to be incredible, and we rarely get a second cutting.  From the garden front, I am seeing a little bit of production in the veggie garden.  It's been a slow start in my garden spot, but I'm glad for anything I can get.  Just now the snap peas are producing.  Normally, peas are a very early veggie and are long past by the end of July, but this year is different.  I also picked a handful of green beans and I'll save those for a couple days in hopes of a few more handfuls so I can cook up a mess of beans & bacon for us.  As you can see by the photo above, I've got a few carrot thinnings to enjoy.  I love the first, young, sweet carrots we get.  Is there anything like it?  (Besides the first peas, lettuce, tomatoes....and the list goes on.)

 Here's a sideways view of my garden spot.  On the back fence I have a squash and pumpkins and some meagerly little luffa goards that I doubt will come to fruition.  The tomatoes are just now setting blossoms and so my hopes for a big tomato crop are slim, but I won't quit until I must quit!  I'm asking God for a long summer, and I'm pouring on the Miracle Grow.

From the flower gardens there are lilies.  Lovely colors of white, yellow, and pink.  The Black-eyed Susans are in full force and so are the cone flowers and larkspur.  
 We had a full weekend with our youngest son as he was golfing in a USGA Amateur qualifier in SD.  He did quite well with 74, 67 and those scores were golfed in one day.  Eight hours of golf in a row, minus a half hour break for lunch.  Hubby calculated that we walked at least 10 miles.  The tough part of walking this tourney was the heat and humidity.  It was in the 90's and with humidity in the 70's and the biggest heat factor was that the golf course was surrounded by corn fields.  Yep.  Corn fields.  We were totally soaked after the first round and totally drenched after the second.  All in all, it was a good day, but J. did not win this tourney and only the winner could advance to the National Amateur Championship.  The winner was a Texas A&M student who shot 67, 67.  There was some impressive golf played that day!

I'm not really a golfer although my kids say I'm a "natural."  I'd rather look at the flowers, the trees, the birds and the butterflies.  Here's a pic I snapped while waiting for our group to tee off.  She's a Monarch and she likes to drink the nectar of the milkweed plant.  We have a few Monarchs at home, but I've never been able to snap a good picture of them yet.  I hope you like this one.

Now it's time to go clean up so I can take those carrots to my daughter and SIL.  I'm going for a grammy visit to see Miss Cupcake!  I can hardly believe she's 3 months old already!


  1. Oh, Jody, I hope your tomatoes come in! Your carrots are quite lovely--that's something we've had trouble growing here because our soil is largely clay. I'm going to trying growing them in bags and see if that works.

    Lovely Monarch! Nice photography there, J.


  2. I think your garden looks beautiful. I hope you had a lovely day being grammy. :) I like days like that.

  3. Enjoy your visit!

    Note to self~be a grammy that shows up with carrot thinnings... :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  4. I fondly remember eating fresh carrots from my grandpa's garden, washed under the faucet nearby. They were the best!

  5. Oh look at your garden. Mine is soo sad. I lost soo many plants and one left are starting to mold. Ugg. Enjoy for me xoox Clarice

  6. Your garden looks GREAT! I love the monarch picture!!!! I am doing well to keep my few little plants alive. There is not much shade here and it is hot as blazes. I came in from being out in the bright sun a little while ago and couldn't see a thing! It was as if I was temporarily blind while my eyes had to totally readjust. Not a good feeling.....

  7. Jody, I enjoy your blog so much at all seasons of the year. The monarch pictures is beautiful and I thought you might be interested in the blog, Wildlife around Us. Carol lives in FL and they grow milkweed to attract the butterflies and bring the eggs inside, giving them a place to grow as caterpillars and hatch, then release them. I see your blog and hers and appreciate all of you so much for loving nature and sharing your lives.


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