It’s been a long winter/spring/start to summer — I have hardly had a moment to play at blogging since I went back to school in October.
they called the class “criminal procedure” ~ really it is Constitutional law to keep me awake nights reading
The terms are 8 weeks long, with no break in between save at Christmas and late August. Finally the school heard the students crying for relief; beginning the end of August we will have a week’s break after every term. At last!
Here is where I am working these days… wouldn’t you like to come visit!!?
view from my ‘office’ window ~ beautiful caribbean-colored grand traverse bay
And here are some photos from summertime in the north woods.
Dear G built the ‘little’ garden for me — a giant raised bed — and the plants are growing huge. Now if only we would see a little fruit!
view of the new little garden from the dining room window ~ pure green joy!
heirloom tomato plants and ichiban eggplant grow large in the little garden ~ waiting for the heat to bring the fruit
the little garden grows corn and various squashes…
hoping for some korean gray squash
a ‘three sisters’ garden ~ plant corn, plant beans to grow up the cornstalks, plant squash to keep the weeds down ~ but the squash are taking over!
a buttercup squash blossom with baby squash ~ we need bees to pollinate and there is hardly a bee to be found
snake and ash gourds are vining out…
hopeful “beefsteak tomatoes” of an unknown heirloom variety
black prince tomato plants grown from seed ~ they are flowering now
the big garden is full to bursting with plants ~ here are amish paste tomatoes and carrots
amish paste tomatoes coming on ~ we were picking these in October last year
sweet 100 cherry tomatoes are reliable
Dear G’s favorite ~ the pepper plantation with about 10 varieties! already picking banana peppers here
yummy serrano peppers ~ my fav!
korean radishes are starting to heave out of the ground ~ time to make kimchi soon
the awesome garden table complete with a sink ~ dear G built it so we can wash veggies outdoors!
and the first korean radish ~ ready for a bath
we got a few cherries from the trees in the yard before the birds claimed them…
the bird pond with teepee of brush for the bathers to hide in ~ that huge pile in back is just part of the wood dear G has already split for winter warmth
a philadelphia vireo waits to snatch a drink from the pond
dear G got this great shot of the male redstart at the bird pond ~ he’s the orange and black fellow on the right
And last but not least, the kitties
lemur the dreamer is the outdoor kitty in summer
his name is gibby (like gibbous moon) but I like to call him gibbily francis
pinks snoozing and daisy snuggling ~ view to the front yard behind
All is cozy in the north woods. How does your garden grow?