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Quick Thoughts from our World

The ebooks are finished. Our school year is officially over. Summer has begun.

Harvesting oregano and making some bundles to dry was first on the list. We also picked another quart of strawberries, a few peas, a couple of stray carrots, and the last of the spinach.

We planted zinnias, cosmos, Shasta daisies, Ireland Bells, more cilantro, moonflowers, and lots of seedlings. We were able to get all our seedlings into the ground: pumpkin, acorn squash, zucchini, tomatoes, a variety of peppers, dill, and a variety of sunflowers. It makes me tired just thinking about all that we planted. Now the weather needs to stay warm and I need to keep my eyes on all my babies. My husband and boys were such a great help this week in the garden.

Butterfly Garden (2)
Weeding and pruning the butterfly garden was next on the list.

Butterfly Garden
Here is another photo. If you click over to Flickr for either of these photos, I have made notes telling you what we have planted there.

Butterfly Garden (1)
One last angle of the butterfly garden.

Checking the garden beds and seeing what is growing is always a fun task this time of year. We have a few big mulleins growing along the fence.

Baby Scrub Jay 5 27 10
Our baby Western scrub jay is flying now and he regularly sits outside our window waiting for his mother.

Moving from our garden now to our other adventures.

Purple chinese houses
Several long hikes this past week…one hike where we saw the snake and some that were not so exciting. Here is the predominant wildflower on our hiking trail right now, Purple Chinese Houses.

Riding Bikes
We also went on a long bike ride and the boys had a blast.

Photographer Man
My oldest son and I shared some photo moments at the lake when we stopped for a break.

Sand Angels and Canadian Geese
Sand angels and Canadian geese….sounds good to me, except for the sand in the shoes.

I had to stop my bike and take a photo of this phlox alongside the trail. It was just too pretty to pass by.

So I think that catches me up for the last week or so in our world. I love this time of year. We have two Outdoor Hour Challenges to finish up but they will be posted soon. I have emailed out all the orders for ebooks that I have received so if you ordered and did not receive your files, please email me and let me know. I am really looking forward to starting the summer series of challenges with our family.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

3 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts from our World

  1. Beautiful photos! That mountain lake is gorgeous!

  2. You live in paradise!
    I was gifted a few perennials but on the whole just started all my perennials, from seed, this year. I can’t wait to see them full grown. I tuck a seed into the soil never really knowing what will happen. It’s a good thing, then, that most plants don’t mind being moved around (this thought keeps me sane!).
    You can keep bees anywhere, really. I think they would be very happy in your garden!

  3. I love the photos. It’s so interesting to see how different the flora and fauna are on the opposite side of the country!

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