Catching Up ~

Wow! The past eight days have flown by! I’m sorry that I’ve been so completely absent. My middle daughter was inducted into the Junior National Honor Society last week, then twenty-four hours later our oldest son graduated from Salem High School. It’s been a whirlwind of events, celebrations, family and fun! I’m “off” today and trying to catch up around here. A lot happens in a week in my cyber world, not to mention on my desk and in my fridge… time to clean out, freshen up and get moving again!  It’s been raining a LOT for the past week. There’s a little glimmer of sun today so I got out for a few minutes this morning and snapped a few very quick photos. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is on Saturday (where did a month go??) so I’ll share most of the blooms that haven’t been destroyed by torrential rain then.

Here we go:

Potatoes, spilling out of their pot… I keep adding soil and hoping that we have a nice harvest from this bucket. I’m starting other potato pots a little at a time in the hope that we can enjoy them over time. I wonder if I could grow potatoes year round if they were in a cool spot? I’m thinking about that, especially for my workplace. IMG_1570The first little Adirondack Blue potato sprout… I hope to see lots of these in a few days!
IMG_1572 I planted and caged quite a few romas. Margaret Roach talked me into staking the rest of the tomatoes this year. Click on the link to read about that. I love Margaret, she is one of my very top gardening mentors…  IMG_1574 Someone is digging a hole, I don’t know who.  I think a Have a Heart trap is in order here…IMG_1575 Okay, one bloom… a very waterlogged white iris. I can’t help it. It’s beautiful, even in it’s frazzled state.IMG_1579 Lots of lettuce… we need to keep eating it. I’ve had a tendency to forget lately!IMG_1582The bush beans sprouted. There’s just a few, I’ll probably start to add a few seeds where the lettuce is as we use it up.
IMG_1583 Hi girls. Their wet too, poor things…IMG_1590Buff orphington chickens are quite friendly and tame. This lady may be doing some visiting around town soon.

I need to add some twine  to help the poor peas reach the arbor… I’ll be there as soon as I can! My littlest girl grew the lettuce and carrots that are coming up in front of the peas. She’s really proud of “her garden”…


So, as you can see I have lots of work to do today! Now that I’ve gotten back to my blog and caught up a little I can move on to the outside stuff. I may even get the laundry under control!

Thank you, thank you for stopping by, and reading and commenting! You are all wonderful!

Enjoy everything!

Love, Michele



  1. Your vegetables are looking great! Is the name of the breed Buff Orpington or are you saying your Orpington chickens are in excellent physical shape?


    1. thank you! “Buff Orphington” is the name of the breed, lol!


  2. So glad you got that pic of your pretty white iris. Mine were beaten down by the storms and gone in an instant, it seemed. Garden is looking good, and my past two weeks have been a whirlwind, too, with the end of the school year, field trips and activities. I wondered about starting potatoes into the summer as well, but have no idea if you could grow them through the winter in a cool place. Interesting idea, though. I need a greenhouse, or at least a set of grow lights for the basement that never got put in this past winter. Happy gardening, Michele! Looking good!!!


    1. LOl, I need a greenhouse too Michele! I’ll let you know what I find out about the potatoes.


  3. nutsfortreasure says:

    I say DAMN rain then I watch as CO burns and WY will be later I am sure so sad we can’t share ours and do away with mushroom filled lawns 😦


    1. I know, it’s hard to make sense of that Eunice 😦


  4. Lisa Rishel says:

    Your garden and chickens look great! We have attempted a garden in our new yard! For only 3 of us living here we have a lot of plants lol. Boston lettuce, 3 variaties of tomatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, cabbage, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, onions, eggplant, strawberries, blueberry bushes (2), and corn. The rain has beaten them up but everything is still standing. I’ll try to email you some pics.


    1. It looks like you have awesome space for the garden in your new yard! Glad it’s all still standing!


  5. olemike says:

    Nice looking garden!


    1. Thank you!! and thanks for stopping by!


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