High Hopes, Continued…

The backyard garden on a drizzly morning…

hard at work
good morning sunshine

cinderella’s dream vine
little pumpkin patch

squash blossoms
bright yellow squash blossoms

high hopes…
hopeful little green guys

michigan blueberries
not in my yard, but dreaming of vacation and upper peninsula blueberries!


  1. sia said

    oh wow…look @ those veggies growing so happily. lovely pictures linda…

    Happy veggies, I love it! Thanks Supriya 🙂

  2. padmaja said

    great pictures!! i love veggie gardens and u’rs look amazing!!
    My tomatoes have just 1foot above the ground as u know how fickle the weather was in uk, my poor veggie garden!!

    Hi Padmaja, my eggplants got stunted from fickle weather here too, in June. I hope your tomatoes pick up, lots of summertime still left! 🙂

  3. Lata said

    Are those Blue Berries? The last picture? If Yes, how do you grow them.

    Hi Lata, they are blueberries, and thanks for pointing out my ommission — I fixed the photo to say they are not in my backyard 🙂 I do have some wild ones growing here out back, but the birds get them before I have a chance. You can get blueberries to grow — I don’t know alot about it but I do know they like acid soil. My uncle used to grow in his garden.

  4. Mishmash! said

    WOW is the only word thats apt here!!!!


    🙂 thanks Shn, glad you enjoyed!

  5. Hema said

    Loved the first pic. U captured the perfect moment!

    It was a stroke of luck Hema, didn’t notice the little guy till I got the pics up on the computer! He’s cute isn’t he? 🙂

  6. Tee said

    Amazing pictures!!! particularly loved the first one…

    Thanks Tee, I’m glad you liked them 🙂

  7. sandeepa said

    Beautiful pics…I love Summer so much

    Sandeepa, you’re back!! Been checking your blog but haven’t seen you. Summer’s great, yep 🙂

  8. bee said

    linda, you been talking to jai? he’s been chasing bees in the squash plant with his camera. he’ll post them next week.

    gorgeous gorgeous pics and plants you have.

    Ha ha! I didn’t chase for the little fellow, he just buzzed in at the right time, lucky for me! Glad you liked the pics, will look for Jai’s 🙂

  9. Suganya said

    Beautiful pictures Linda!

    Thank you Suganya! Glad you liked ’em 🙂

  10. mm said

    Great shots!.. The blueberries look great too. The little guy in the flower looks like a bee-fly…I can only see one pair of wings. Good to see the sunshine made it over your way…..mm

    Not too much sunshine today mm, rainy and humid. I thought that was a bee-fly, thanks for the confirmation. Glad you like the pics 🙂

  11. trupti said

    Gawd I love that 1st shot!

    ‘Twas a stroke of luck, Trupti, glad you like! 🙂

  12. Coffee said

    The fist shot is worth kissing Linda!!!! 😉 Such a lovely garden you have!

    (An email waiting in your mailbox. 🙂 )

    Thank you Coffee, I’m happy you liked the pics! Will leave bee-kissing to you — I’m afraid of ’em :):) (will ck mail)

  13. roopa said

    wow what a beautifull garden….

    Thanks Roopa, dug out alot of boulders for the plants, so am really pleased they are growing 🙂

  14. neroli said

    Gorgeous and lovely! Blueberries make one think of all kinds of dreamy thoughts, don’t they?

    Especially if they’re gathered on vacation, Neroli! Thanks 🙂

  15. Chandrika said

    Linda, amazing shots…The first one in particular!

    Thanks Chandrika — so nice to see you! I must run check your blog 🙂

  16. archana said

    Amazing pictures! The first one is superb:)

    Thank you Archana, glad you enjoyed my bit o’ luck with the bee-fly 🙂

  17. Jyothsna said

    WOW!! how pretty!! nice to see your happy plants, Linda!

    Thanks so much Jyothsna! Now if only those blossoms make some happy veggies! 😉

  18. Asha said

    Ooh!! Beautiful! I can see the fly!!!!!!!!!
    Plants look gorgeous.Mine are druing a little bcos of the heat, but they are okay as long as I water them often. Blur berries looks great too.It’s probably hard to grow them in the backyard.

    He’s really tiny, Asha! Surprised me in the shot 🙂 You must have to water all the time down south! It’ll be worth it when you get your harvest baskets out, I remember your pics last summer!! I have wild blueberries in the backyard, but the birds eat them before I ever see them ripen. These in the pic are from last summer in Michigan, they were growing wild in a huge sea on the side of the road 🙂

  19. indosungod said

    Linda, thanks to the little bee fellow for our fruits and Vegetables right?. Garden looking good, what dishes are the tomatoes going into?
    I saw a Bumble Bee on the Brinjal and was overjoyed to see him there, usually the opposite is true.

    Blueberries look lovely too, I have a small plant and saw a few berries but by the time I got to them they were gone (birds, squirrels got to them before I did I guess)

    Thanks indeed, ISG! I’m so happy something is out there pollinating. I haven’t had any fruit yet, even tried hand-pollinating one squash. It’s still early yet, however — high hopes! Tomatoes, if nothing happens to them I’ll probably make some kind of chutney so can have it the rest of the year 🙂

    Your brinjal blossom was lovely to look at, probably lots of bees you don’t see there too 🙂 Those blueberries are right on the side of the road in Michigan, just pull over and fill up a cup to munch. Love it up there! Looking for your vacation pics soon, maybe? 🙂

  20. Richa said

    Gorgeous! loved the first shot, sunshine indeed !!!!

    Thanks Richa, I’m so happy you liked it! Those bright colors always look brighter on a dreary morning 🙂

  21. Dilip said

    great pictures….i wish it was drizzly here…its been raining bucketfulls for the last 8 weeks…very strange weather in these parts…you have a lovely garden…thanks for sharing

    Well, a little rain you can handle but bucketfulls!? Can’t have that all summer Dilip… will send some sunshine straight away 🙂

  22. sharmi said

    waw beautiful garden Linda. I too have a small kitchen garden. and when we see veggies it make us so happy.

    I agree Sharmi, there’s nothing like growing your own! Happy to hear you are gardening, too 🙂

  23. Nupur said

    What a beautiful garden! Linda, the bees love you too…they don’t mind posing for a photo-op 🙂

    Thanks Nupur — lucky shot of that little guy! 🙂

  24. swapna said

    Hi linda
    the pictures are beautifull!!the tomatoes are looking good.

    Hi Swapna, thank you! Happy to see you around 🙂

  25. sandeepa said

    What, what, whaaaaaaaaaaaat ???????

    It’s a restaurant Sandeepa, called Bengal Cafe. I got some beguni. It was DELISH and made me think of you 🙂

  26. Gorgeous shots. 🙂

    Thanks very much, Cooking Ninja 🙂

  27. mallugirl said

    did u see the stir fry that Spicyana had made out of ur yummy flowers?

    Hey Shaheen, I did see that! What a recipe! If I ever get some squash, I will start saving the flowers 🙂

  28. Poonam said

    Lovely pictures! mind blowing garden…

    Thank you for visiting Poonam — I’m glad you enjoyed the pics 🙂

  29. seema said

    Nice vegetable patch you have Linda. Every picture is so very beautifully taken. Isn’t it worth all the work when you see the fruits and veggies grow ?

    Hi Seema, thanks for your kind words 🙂 Yes, it’s well worth all that work, isn’t it 🙂

  30. Luv2Cook said

    Hey Linda – I am on a on-again, off-again relationship with my blogging :). It is now on!

    Your garden seems to be doing well…how did you eggplants turn out? Mine seem to be surviving ok. I harvested about 5 eggplants (Japanese) so far from 3 different plants and have about 4 more on the plants now!

    Hey Sam, happy to see you’re back On 😉 My eggplants died back earlier on, and are just now coming back. I have lots of blossoms now, and a few fruits starting. I”m glad your garden is doing so well! I have to check your blog for pics 🙂

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