sunflowers at last!

fall is coming....


butterfly bush



i just adore squash blossoms

emerson basking in the sun


watering the garden

oliver keeping watch on the property

yaddo mansion & gardens

It's been a hectic week and I'm happy this weekend has yet to come to an end.  Our humidity has come back but should be leaving Tuesday or Wednesday.  I'm pretty excited about that.

My mom and I visited Yaddo Gardens last week.  We've lived in this state for about 10 years and have never been.  I definitely want to go back in the middle of summer.  The actual garden looks amazing and I can just picture it all in bloom.  This is the former home of Spencer and Katrina Trask and is now an artists retreat.  More on this to come.

My garden is just past it's peak.  I cannot tell you how many tomatoes I harvest daily.  I'm so grateful they did well.  The sunflowers have finally decided to bloom and they are beautiful {the bees are loving them}.  They make me smile as soon as I walk out the door.  I have tons of butternut squash - just trying to hold off the squash bugs so the plants remain healthy until harvest.

Next year I think I'll be planting corn and brussels sprouts in the front flower beds.  This will open up my garden beds for more produce and ensure they all get plenty of sun.  I may plant some melon up front too....haven't decided yet.

The coop girls are doing very well.  The new girls have fully incorporated into the flock.  They are, of course, at the bottom of the pecking order, but at least they hang out with the others now.  I told J the other day we need to give them names so we don't have to keep lumping them all together as the "new girls".  Last week I reported that one of them is laying and now two of them are laying.  Yippee!  They are gifting us the teeniest tiniest eggs that are a lovely deep bluish-green.

Jackson has picked up a new bad habit.  When we are sleeping, if we have a foot or toe exposed instead of just grabbing it and biting it as he used to do, he now plays a passive-aggressive game.  He puts his teeth on it and just sits there on the verge of biting as if to tell you he could bite down at any moment.  Then, if you move the toe or foot, down go the teeth.  It's quite a way to be woken up!

Our home is becoming overrun with soap, lotion, lip balm and sugar scrub ingredients.  My craft room smells amazing!!  My store and site should be up and running soon - hoping to make a November craft show in our area.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to get more pickles, tomato jam, cantaloupe jam and salsa canned.  Speaking of food, in September I'll be posting all apple recipes on my cooking blog {starting with a scrumptious Upside-Down Apple Cake}.  October will be pumpkin.  Hooray for Fall foods!

Hoping you all had an amazing weekend!


NonnieBeckie said...

I just love your blog! My husband and I are going to build a log home on 25 acrea of mixed forest and mesdow this coming spring. Here come the chickens and the gardens of our dreams. Your photos are beautiful and you have become an encourager and a cyber friend! Many blessings!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your post is like a little escape for me today--I've loved your photos and reading about your world! My two tomato plants did well this year, and I'm already making plans for next year, which will include sunflowers. They really do make you feel better, don't they?

I hope the rest of your weekend is enjoyable, and not so full of too much work! Take care!!

daisy g said...

Oh, that naughty boy! He just loves torturing you like that when you're sleeping! I guess you better stay covered.

Your garden is doing tremendously!

Sounds like you've been happily busy!

born imaginative. said...

I'm jealous of your tomatoes a plenty! Not so plentiful here, but they sure are tasty. Have you heard of tomato basil jam? I read that on the better homes and gardens site...sounded like it would be so good on grilled cheese.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Yay for sunflowers! And best of luck with the new store - can't wait to check it out :)

Ashley Austin said...

I stumbled across your blog while researching once a month grocery shopping. You have beautiful pictures! And amazing tips on grocery shopping! Very excited to follow your blog.


Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thank you so very much all!
Mrs. Austin - welcome to my blog! So happy you found us. I see you're from Washington State - I'm originally from Washington State - small world. :)

Mary said...

Jackson gets my vote for the most photogenic cat ever! Our butterfly bush is looking a little seedy, but still attracting loads of butterflies. Today, I went out with my camera to shoot some of the little butterflies on our sedum, and while I was taking a pic, a praying mantis grabbed a butterfly and pulled his wing off, before I even realized what was happening. Looking forward to the opening of your shop!