Monday, August 1, 2016

Busy as a Bee

I'm sure you've guessed that things have been pretty darned busy around my little house recently....thus the lack of blog posts! 

There's so much I want to tell you and show you, and yet I don't have the time to get frequent posts written these days. 

I am truly sorry, and I hope to be back to regular updates...and visits...again soon. 

My Crooked Little Country Garden
The veggie garden has been producing like crazy....both my garden, and Sweetie's. Between the two, all our meals are now planned based on what's coming out of the garden. 

Sweetie's Veggie Garden
We have more zucchinis and yellow squash than I know what to do with at this point, so I'm trying to be creative and come up with new ways to prepare them, preferably in soups and sauces that can be frozen for the long winter months ahead. 

So far all my experiments have been incredibly successful! I'll be sharing some more with you in the near future, as I'm sure there are many of you who are also overwhelmed with zucchinis right now. 


The garlic is ready to harvest, as are the black currants. I need a clone!


I sure hope I get to them before the critters do. They stripped every single red currant off the other bush....fortunately they don't seem to be as fond of the black currants!

I need to take an hour in the garden this evening, if the weather lets me. It's been raining here for three days now - and boy, did we need it!

I'm not the only one who's been busy around my house. 



Well, he finished it - and I absolutely love it!


Originally, I got quotes to get this split rail fence installed by a local landscaper. But, at the end of the day, Sweetie decided to tackle it himself. 

Which is just as well, as getting a landscaper to put in a fence at this time of year is nearly impossible, it seems. 

My sweetie did such an amazing job, I'm so impressed! 


Of course, he had his trusty little assistant right there with him the whole time. Monkey is such a good little helper, she keeps everything going smoothly during a project!


My handsome sweetie in his work clothes, admiring his work from the deck. 

While I stand back and admire him, wink wink!


The fence looks just perfect, and really finishes off the front garden nicely. 

The wild portion, behind the fence, drops off into a small ravine, and is full of berry brambles, tansy, and some other very large weeds and wildflowers that get out of control in late summer. 

The fence will keep all those tall things from flopping over onto the shrubs I planted last spring, and give them a chance to grow up.

On the left side of the evergreen I planted a dwarf Lemon Candy Ninebark, which is a bright yellow/chartreuse color. 

Lemon Candy Ninebark
In between each Ninebark is a Sunjoy Tangelo Barberry. The contrast will be amazing when they are established. 

Sunjoy Tangelo Barberry
On the right side of the evergreen are Lilacs and Hydrangeas. Unfortunately I don't remember what varietal I planted, although I am sure I kept the information somewhere for future reference. 

The lilacs will grow tall and help act as a privacy screen on that side, and the hydrangeas will help disguise the 'knees' of the lilacs. 


I just love the way the new split rail fence looks, it's such a 'country' look!

Too bad it won't keep out the bear. Sigh. Apparently they are still around, as we spotted a tiny baby bear on the road near the house on Friday evening. You just know mama wasn't too far away!

What's been going on in your neck of the woods? I miss you all!

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  1. It looks wonderful. Your yard is gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks, Marty! It's a bit of a jungle at the moment, but I love it anyway!

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  2. Trying to stay out of the heat! I know you'll make delightful meals out of your garden bounty. Your sweetie did a great job!
    Brenda

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    1. I have a lovely soup and bread planned for this evening, Brenda - hopefully with lots left for the freezer!

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  3. You are so lucky that your sweetie is so handy! That split rail fence looks perfect on your property. Your gardens are looking so lush and beautiful. Wish I lived closer to you - I'd take some of that zucchini off your hands! ;-) All I grew this year was tomatoes.

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    1. Our tomatoes are still green - but when they start to ripen there should be plenty! Yes, too bad you're not closer, for many reasons!! :)

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  4. Love the fence. You're Sweetie is lucky that he was able to dig holes without running into rocks! ;)

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    1. Oh, there were rocks!!!! No shortage of them! He even broke his post hole digger and had to run out and buy a new one!!

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  5. I'm in love with the split rail fence. Hubby did a great job.

    All of your fresh produce is amazing! I almost got a little green with envy, but I stopped myself right before. :)

    That bear talk makes me nervous.

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    1. Green with envy....ha ha ha! :) Thanks, Dayle!

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  6. I used to see split rail fences all around in TN when I was growing up and loved them. Yours is beautiful, and substantial looking! And your well thought out plans for what you want your place to look like in the future shows you have done your homework--and gone with what you love, probably.

    Please do share recipes for the squashes. We must find a farmers market here as I read that the zucchini and yellow squash sold in the grocery stores is GMO.

    And I think it's amazing that you turn out the posts you do with all else you have to do. I have been terrible at it but have missed it and so will once more try to be more faithful.

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    1. I will be sharing recipes, for sure, Dewena - I've tried out 3 experiments just this week, and they were all awesome!

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  7. Glad to see you dropped in to visit me. I love the new fence- he did a great job! Your yard and gardens all look great! Please send squash our way!ha ha lol we lost all our sunflowers the same way you did---- so dissapointed as we planted several different kinds and i was so excited to watch them bloom. Maybe next summer............

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    1. Same here, I planted three types of sunflowers, started them all downstairs....transplanted them out when they were good and strong....and the darned critters got each and every one!

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  8. The fence is a nice addition to all your natural beauty! Happy to see a post...I totally understand the busyness of summer.

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    1. It's hard to keep up with everything, Lori, isn't it? Oh well, that's real life!

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  9. Lovely garden, wow I wish I had veggies like that. Try my Garlic Zucchini for some of that lovely zucchini. I love that barberry.

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    1. I'm going to pop on over and grab that recipe, Carole, thanks!

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  10. Debbie, I love admiring your garden and seeing all the flowers and vegetables. Your Sweetie did an excellent job on the fence! I haven't had to to get over and comment since you returned, but I wanted to let you know that many years ago, when our kids were all in school, we camped in the Adirondack mountains and went into town one day and saw Lake George. Very beautiful area!

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    1. We actually don't stay in the village of Lake George, but further up the lake in a quieter spot. It's so gorgeous up there, we're planning another trip for fall!

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  11. Hes a good one! Your harvest looks great.
    Lisa

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! And yes, he IS a good one!! :)

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  12. Oh, your Sweetie did do a beautiful job on your fence. It really make this spot look great. How nice to have such wonderful things coming out of your garden! We have two little tomato plants and that's all! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Have you gotten any tomatoes yet this season, Shelia? Ours are still all green...but I have neighbors who have tomatoes already.

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  13. Love the fence. It really does give the area a 'country' look. Your garden looks just as I expected after all your hard work. I'm drowning in zucchini, too, and made zucchini boats with a cous-cous/zucchini stuffing tonight. Very good. It makes a great side-dish.

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    1. I hope you will post some of the ways you are using up or putting up your zucchini, Deb - we could learn from each other!

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  14. Every thing looks so pretty and organized. Kudos to your sweetie, he did a great job on the fence. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

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    1. That's because I didn't show you all the weeds that are making me nuts, Susie!! I am experimenting with natural weed killers - so far the vinegar seems to work, but only if it 'sits' on the weed for a while without running off.

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  15. Love your fence! Split rail always looks nice. We have been talking fence talk out our house also, but my husband wants to fence in the entire backyard with a privacy fence. NOT CHEAP I might add, but it's on the 'list' and we keep discussing and revising the plan. No quotes as of yet. xo

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    1. I had looked into fencing off a section of yard for a dog run when I first bought my house, but the pups are pretty good about not wandering too far away....so it got put on the back burner. Yes, not cheap....fortunately, my sweetie works for homecooked meals and kisses! :)

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  16. I love both of your veggie gardens and your new fencing. Your 'sweetie' did a great job on the fence.

    Your place really looks lovely ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine! It must be hot in your garden these days - things are starting to cool off here, I was actually chilly in my house last night with the windows open!

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    1. Thanks, Deb - it does! I can already see it in the winter, with a bit of snow on it! :)

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  18. The fence looks fabulous! It frames that area so nicely. I was thinking the same thing about the bear.

    Enjoy your harvesting!

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    1. It really does look nice, and adds to the landscape so much! I can sit on it to pick berries now!! :)

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  19. Wow, Debbie, love your fence!! He's a keeper, but we already knew that. ;) And your garden harvest! Ha, that'll teach you...going on vacay and leaving the garden to thrive on its own.....and that it DID! Work, work, work, bzzz, bzzz, bzzz. And I see you already have another post up on what to do with the zucchini - fantastic.

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    1. I know, what was I thinking Rita? My sweetie's garden is like a jungle now - he can barely walk through it to harvest! Such complaints, right? :)

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  20. Bravo! Your plantings and fence look wonderful. We did exactly like you and put one of those in a few years ago to define a particular space and, we love, love, love it. But, it was a lot of work! Lucky you with all those fresh veggies - you do live in paradise - bears and all!

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    1. Hi Christine - welcome!! I do love my little mountain top 'paradise', even with all the weeds, bears, critters, bugs, and other various things! Thanks for visiting and for your sweet comment!

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  21. The fence looks amazing. You have such a sweet sweetie! I also love your little crooked garden -- it is beautiful. With all that produce you could open a roadside stand!

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    1. He IS a sweet sweetie, isn't he? :) And yes, we laugh about setting up a stand by the roadside....perhaps I could sell my soups?

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  22. Love your gardens! That split rail fence looks so nice. Great that your Sweetie could build it for you! Isn't it great when you can eat from your garden. I will miss that for a bit. Nancy

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    1. Without a doubt you will miss that, Nancy! I hope you find a good farmstand nearby so you can take advantage of all the local produce for a while, until you get your courtyard garden going at the new house!

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  23. You are one lucky girl to have a Sweetie to do projects for you. And, he sure looks like he enjoys it. He did good! Love the fence!

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    1. He DID do good, didn't he, Laurie? :)

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  24. You and your sweetie are lucky to have each other.

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  25. You're really living up to your blog name Deb, and your sweetie is living up to his :)

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    1. Ha ha, I guess so! This city girl adapted real well to country living, for sure!

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