Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Garden Tour 7.11.07...and Farewell for Now...

Tomorrow I am leaving for 12 days and will be offline, so this is my Adios! post to all my blogging friends.

I will miss my son and husband of course, but I am really torn about leaving my garden! I went around this morning before the hot sun came up, documenting its current state of affairs so that I can compare that to what I see when I get back home.

The front border is getting a little shaggy...but the hummingbirds are not complaining! The paper wasps nest under the eves continues to grow and is creeping out my son's friends...but we are unharmed in any way by the wasps, and I just think their paper nest is so cool.

The sweet peas are starting to flop over the wall, the way they are supposed to. They smell so good.

The perennial garden is blooming out pretty well, but there are still plenty of plants left to open.

Robert's garden...this is not the whole thing but it gives an indication of his gardening style. The newly sewn bed is more carrots. There is a new juicer in our future.
Note the weed bucket alongside the established carrot bed. I have filled it countless times.

And THIS is why I am sad about leaving. ("You reap what you sow, Mom", says my son darkly, disgruntled because I will not be in the kitchen for 12 whole days!) These are my "production flower beds" that are poised to explode with color while I am gone. I have caught up with the weeding and should have thinned the flower plants but that is hard to do because I don't know what half of them are. We used all kinds of seed mixes, leftover seeds, donated seeds, etc. But I do know the show is going to be spectacular.
Lots of flower fabrics and floral letters are going to be my harvest, too!
Those funny towering globes are last year's leeks going to seed. I left them in place for their visual charm, but it turns out they are a fantastic bee pasture, especially for honey bees.

Leek honey. Sounds charming, doesn't it?

So au revoir, mes amies! Catch you on the flip flop...and keep on enjoying your summer.

12 comments :

Marty52 said...

No Allie for 12 days? Gah... what will we do without your eye candy? Not fair! ;0) Have a great time and see you when you get back!!

threadspider said...

Just think what joy you are going to and what joy you can come back to!
Those flower beds will be amazing, as will the crazy quilt products you will return to. And I love the leek flowers-almost as much as the bees. Have a great time.

Pat Winter said...

Allie I know you will miss your garden blooms.Hopefully my garden will offer a scant comfort to you. I have a few things in bloom,but wish there were more. Perhaps your son will take photos while you are gone??? Around this time tomorrow, we meet.....!!!!!!!!

Rian said...

We'll miss you. Hurry back.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Well - we will expect lots and lots of pictures and some fine stories. Do have lots of fun - and know that you will be missed.

Debra Spincic said...

Bought a copy of the $100,000 mag today so I could drool over your quilt! Beautiful!!

Have fun in Michigan and then hurry home.

Susan said...

Who knew leeks could be so pretty, too? Hope your son will take garden pictures for you. Maybe a lot of it will still be there for you.

Hope your trip is terrific!

Simona Tedeschi said...

As at the middle of my pregnancy I couldn't go in my garden this spring so I have a wild one I can only see yours and sigh!
Have some nice times during your vacation and come back to us full of ideas!
Simona

Kay said...

I always hate to leave home too, but you'll have a wonderful time. I love those leek globes!

Have a wonderful time.

atet said...

Hope you had a great trip!

BöskeZ said...

Have a nice time and a lot of fun, Allie!
Your garden will be there when y ou come back with a lot of flowers, anyway...
Hugs,

Nina In Norway said...

I love your garden, I love your stitching, I love your enthusiasm, etc. I'll be back for more!
Looking forward to see what happens....