Saturday, June 26, 2010

early summer

summer has arrived, and it has been hazy, and crazy...but far from lazy. i try to keep up with "things". returning to the garden always helps me slow down and notice the steady pace of nature...i take note and i try to remember to slow down and to pace myself in the fast lane of everyday living.

i'm happy with the pea trellis that i built this year, my peas are starting to set won't be long before there will be peas. the poles and the vines are taller than i am, and the trellis is holding strong in the high winds that accompany the thunderstorms. i'm growing a good crop of norli snowpeas, a dutch variety with a lovely purple blossom. my seed bank supply of this variety has been dwindling, so i'm hopeful about a good harvest.


the daylilies are coming in, the reds...


and the oranges...


Leucanthemum vulgare, oxeye daisy....marguerite...moon daisy, dog daisy ...he loves me..he loves me not...they line the roadside where I walk

Photobucket all accounts, he loves me.


beeflies amuse the eyes..."is it bee? is it a fly? it is a beefly." this one is a villa, i think.


Bufo americanus lives here...eastern american toad... in her red least i think i should say "she"...the color of the throat may be darker if it was a he. size would also be an indication of the sex, with the females being larger than the males. this toad was easily the size of the palm of my hand.


is it any wonder that some people think you can get warts from a toad?

while these warts may secrete a noxious milky bufotoxin, you cannot get warts from it....but i do remember reading that the native american indians from this area would use the toxic secretions to dip the tips of their arrows in. ouch!

the elderflowers from the black elderberry trees are everywhere! it will be a good summer for the berries, if all goes well, i will restock the shelves with jam and syrup and cordial. there are enough flowers this year to also pick for drying for tea. i don't care for the flavor by itself, but when mixed with lemon balm leaves and blackberry leaves etc. i will take some if needed for those winter colds or sore throats. elderflower wine (elderblow) is something i've never tasted, but i have heard that is is delicious and has a beautiful pale yellow color. other things like salves or oils or bath salts can also be made from the dried flowers. (always use caution with leaves or stems and seeds...those should not be ingested)

a walk through the garden leads me down the path and stops at the hillside where i can see and hear the river..although it beckons "come and swim", the water is still to cold for me to enjoy it...maybe by mid July...


Judy said...

I couldn't believe how tall your pea's were. I might have to have Curt build me a trellis next year but my pea's are only about hip high. Sadly the netting is drooping under them.
We are going swimming today, come join us. The water is a balmy 63 degrees!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You have a long line of peas. Mine have done well. I have a few seeds for next year.

It is hotter than hades here. UGH...

Good to see you are out and about.

thecrazysheeplady said...


I had a toad that lived in one of our horse stalls during a drought summer. She would sit out next to the water hydrant and pick off flies. We loved her. One day it rained (finally) and she was gone.

Sharon said...

your peas are impressive! I look forward to our spring/summer growing season, but at the same time am enjoying the slower pace of winter. Best wishes for a bountiful season!

Cathy said...

Lovely garden shots! You know you always catch my attention with daylilies! I never could grow peas so gave up.

We heard one of our toads sing last May... haven't seen any offspring yet but soon... soon.

elizabeth said...

You *have* been busy! We have yet to enjoy the river this summer, we've all had summer colds. Maybe next month!

Joanne said...

I always enjoy a "trip" through visiting your blog. Thanks for the flowers, the peas, and even the toad! Thanks too for wishing me a happy anniversary. We aren't big into celebrating these but 12 years does seem like it is a length of time to recognize. :)

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Gorgeous gardens as usual. Makes me wish we hadn't kept it small and simple this year :-)

Your pea trellis reminds of a story about my dad. He just started dipping his toe into gardening a couple years ago like me. Last year he decided he wanted to grow some beans. He said his grandfather insisted that peas and beans grew better if there was a metal pole in the ground next to him. He remembers experiments his grandfather set up with plants alone and plants with rebar sunk in the dirt nearby. So, he decides to plant his beans around the base of the TV antenna. Ho boy! The beans grew taller than the house! And mom chuckles because she's had people ask her what the pretty plant was they used to cover the ugly antenna, LOL!

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