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What’s Growing Around Here

Since July is coming to a close and it was a perfect day for taking photos (overcast) I wanted to capture some images of what is growing around our house.  I spend very little time in the garden these days, so what is growing has started up by itself with little or no help from me.

Our apple tree has quite a few apples, but sadly they seem to be dropping before they can ripen.  I don’t think we will get any this year.  Last year for the first time in 6 seasons, we had some for eating.  I wrote about it here.

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The yellow jacket wasps will be very happy.  They love the fruit.

The maple tree has these beautifully colored “helicopters”.

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A bit of leaf lettuce is growing in clay pots.  My daughter started some seeds for a biology experiment and this was extra.  We couldn’t throw it out, so we put it into a couple of pots and hope to enjoy a salad soon.

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My husband and daughter went to the greenhouse and purchased some beautiful herbs.  Here is a dwarf purple basil and an orange mint.

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I dried some jalapeño seeds (I eat LOTS and LOTS of jalapeños) and planted them as an experiment.  Do you see the baby jalapeño?  I have four plants growing and they are still in shallow containers.  I REALLY need to take 20 minutes out of my day and get these poor little plants into deeper pots, nothing too big though.  I want to be able to bring them inside and keep them going under florescent lights when it starts to get cold.

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And here are cantaloupe plants that started out in our compost pile from cantaloupe seeds that came from a grocery store melon.  I dug up a few and planted them in the sun near the house.  I hope they have a chance to turn into ripe fruit before it gets cold.

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The violas, pinks, and lobelia reseed every year without any help from me.

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My hanging baskets that my husband and daughter planted for me on Mother’s Day are doing quite well.  Aren’t the flowers colorful?

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So, that’s it for out and around the house at the end of July.  It was nice to get out today and observe nature even if it was only for a short while before I came in and got to work on my new project.  Unlike the apples on our tree, the apples in this print are looking quite delectable.  Hope you all had a great weekend!

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Summer Means Lots of “Blue Skies, Sunny Days”

A picture perfect blue sky along with a sunny day is the kind of summer day I had during this photo shoot with Millie.  It was a pleasure being outside and taking these pictures of her.  I thought she looked lovely outdoors.

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Millie finally got her very own light as a feather mohair/silk embroidered sweater.  It is embroidered with sunny yellow roses and blue colonial knot sprays of flowers.

Millie is wearing her new wig that I ordered just for this ensemble.  It is a mohair bob from Kemper.  You can see it here.  I needed to play hair dresser and trim it a bit because it was way long.  Trimming the wig was actually quite easy to do.

blue skies, sunny days 753Using the pool as a back drop added the most gorgeous turquoise color behind Millie.  Secretly, I think she wished she could take a dip in the cool water.

blue skies, sunny days 795Millie has a golden yellow blossom for you that she picked from the garden while we were outside.  Isn’t she a sweetheart?

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Happy Fourth of July

Wishing all of my readers in the U.S.A. a Happy Fourth of July.  We still have the fireworks to view when it gets dark, but July 4th, 2015 is just about over.  There are swarms of mosquitoes outsides, so we will stay in our cozy car (like a drive-in movie) and watch them that way.  No one feels like showering off the bug repellant late at night.

We live in a small town that still has an old-fashioned parade down the main street.  It is very quaint and reminiscent of days gone by.  This year I took lots of photos to share with you, so you can see what it is like in our town.

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This man took a picture of me taking a picture.  How funny!

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There’s our favorite DQ in the background!  No, we didn’t get any today.  I barely had breakfast before we headed out the door.

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I took this photo into a darkened store front and it captured what was behind me.

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These two Yorkies were beyond cute and did really well considering the noise.  We left our two dogs at home.  They don’t appreciate the noise at all.

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July 4th 401We see this tractor snake every year.  It circles around and around the street.

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Hope you had a wonderful and safe holiday.  We are off to find a spot for the fireworks.