Wednesday, August 05, 2009


Vines from hell

True confessions....
The gardens have been on their own pret' near all summer.
With both knees gone bad on me, I have rarely been out there except for the occasional snips of some herbs or to look for a ripe tomato.

They DO look OK from afar, tho!

This garden is a mishmash of stuff!
Potato plants scattered here and there, waiting for our next meal.

One of my favorites...Russian Sage.
This stuff is beautiful, and lasts nearly all summer.
If I had my druthers, I'd have it everywhere!

I can always count on my perennial Sweet Peas.

Butterfly Bush...takes it's sweet time blooming, but the butterflies love it!

One of the many sunflowers that "grace" the garden.
None of which was actually planted by me!
The birds do their best to see that I have some growing from the black oil sunflower seeds I feed them with.
They are always such a joy to see come up, willy nilly!

I'm thinking on tearing out what's left of the lettuce beds, and putting in a fall crop.
With the cool weather we've had here in Michigan, I should have no problem with bolting.
Now, if I could just get one of the kids to get out there and work with me!!!
Pin It!


Faith said...

Boy, when my knees are hurting, it's all I can do to make myself get out there and work. Everything take climbing or squatting or something.

You are so right, gardens look great form a distance! I am trying to play catch up as well. The weeds and grass have made great inroads since I began trying to work in the kitchen.

Bribe those kids! Tell them you will feed, clothe and shelter them in exchange for garden work. LOL

I love your sage. It's beautiful!


Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Cyn,
Your plants still look great, especially the Russian Sage, Our birds plant us sun flowers too, as I can't seem to find the time to plant any myself. lol
My herb garden has been kinda left to itself as I have been so busy canning, and having family home.

Vickie said...

My garden's gone wild, too. It's so hot here that my lettuces bolted real quick! We couldn't eat 'em fast enough. I'm thinking about a fall garden... I've still potatoes in the ground, the corn is all dried up from no rain. The sunflowers have long since croaked and the stinkbugs are all over 'em. I did get a good crop of onions. We'll have them for awhile, and a good crop of green beens.

I'm waiting for the 99 and 100 degree temps to subside before I get out there and start cleaning it up.

I'm afraid that my garden doesn't even look good from WAY OFF!

Maria said...

So 'Russian Sage' is what that beautiful plant is called... I saw it recently, and thought it was lavender until I looked closer at the leaves and smelled it...
and I think that Queen Ann's lace is so beautiful... I never "weed it out." It's so sweet.
Your veggies will taste the same whether all in rows or a little more casual ;o) ENJOY it ALL

Farmchick said...

Sorry your knees are giving you problems...that is NO fun. My Mom had a knee replaced this May and has missed out on all of her gardening this summer...something she really enjoys.

I too have and love Russian sage ( I think it may be because I am pureblooded Ukrainian! haha)

Have a wonderful day...hope you can stop by for a visit soon.

Anne Marie said...

well hey! nice to see you!!

you'll have to hop on the parisienne farmgirl 'bus' and head out here in Sept.

A Vintage Mood said...

I love your inventive ladder arbor! Been thinking of ways to use a couple of old iron fence pieces to make the sides of an arbor, but I can't figure out what to use for the arch piece. Yours looks great!

cityfarmer said...

AND ...
now today when I could weed, it's raining.

hey girl, you have a birthday coming up!!!!


Love the garden pictures and especially your dark purple butterfly bush. It's HUGE!! I have one in a lighter purple. God's creation draws us to the Creator for Praise and Worship!

Choosing JOY, Stephanie
[JESUS - the One I THIRST For]