Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Garden Bounty, Petals and Catch of the Day

We have a garden!  Thanks to Kristi and her mom.  Kristi and the boys raised some plants from seeds, then her mom brought out big black pots and some soil and taught the boys how to pot the little plants.. and now look!  We have some watermelons on the vine!

The pots are in a line in a sunny place in our circle driveway.  There are cucumbers, watermelons, zucchini and cherry tomatoes.

I'm so happy as I've wanted to grow cucumbers for years and we finally have some.  Kristi even baked two zucchini breads for us to take to camp for our breakfasts.

Aren't they gorgeous?

The basket Kristi and Travis gave me for Mother's Day is still doing beautifully.

Our smaller one is pretty, too.

I couldn't be happier with my metal basket of succulents.  I hope to be able to winter it over.

We have 4 different varieties of Lantana this year, in this pot is the yellow and orange and yellow and white ones.

This one is the white, yellow and pink one.

And my favorite of all is the rainbow one.. the buds are purple and salmon pink which open to yellow, orange and pink.. and when it's fully open it's all pink!

The ivy geranium.. love the stripiness of this one.

On the menu tonight.. soy ginger salmon.  :-)  Our son Travis and his work friend Ernie had a successful fishing trip the other day.  

Travis holding the day's catch of steelhead salmon.

They took a third friend and this is the day's haul.  Ernie on the right.  Travis and Ernie took Dayle with them yesterday, too.

Back to the garden.. I was alone at the farm yesterday and enjoyed some quiet time on the deck with the sound of the waterfall.. my moss rose basket brings much joy.

The interesting flowers on a different cultivar of geranium.

I got a King Tut Papyrus this spring and we placed it in the pond as they like to be moist and I was thrilled to see it shooting up to almost 5 feet tall!  It's in the back.. the papyrus in the front is called Mini-Tut I think.

Enjoying the flowers above me with the blue sky above.  Ahhh summer.  I love thee.

Looking up to the back garden.. the Blue Fountain Bamboo is doing well.

A turn of the head and looking down toward the barn.  I do love living on 5 acres of our own land.

One last shot of petunia color.. :-)

Well.. I better put this post up quick, Gracie will be here any minute and we're heading off to the hot springs to do our lap swimming.. lunch first.. :-)  I hope you are enjoying flowers and the bounty of summer.  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Oh Teresa - your flowers and gardens are just gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Have a great Wednesday!


  2. Hi Teresa:
    Gorgeous pictures of the farm. How lucky and blessed you are to have such a prized place to live and close to the city too. The best of both worlds. I have about 1/4 bushel of green beans to blanch and freeze when I go home tomorrow. We were at the lake garden last night and were given a bowl full of strawberries, 4 zucchini, 2 spaghetti squash, 3 Walla Walla onions and lots of beans. I'm going to pick some more tonight when it's a little cooler and we should be set for winter after I process them tomorrow. I feel a bit guilty accepting all of this bounty when I don't do any of the work, but Barry loves to give the produce away. I ran to the little town nearby and bought some shortcakes so we'll have strawberry shortcake for dessert tonight. Yum!
    Tell Gracie hi for me and I know you'll have a lovely time swimming.
    Blessings always my friend,

  3. beautiful flowers and produce. I have grown some tomatoes, beans and cucumber this year - feeling very proud of my success :-) Those fish look fabulous as well. Hugs Anne x

  4. What a nice little visit to Kristi's garden of delights. The pond must be very refreshing during these hot days we've been having lately.
    I do like the 'different cultivar of geranium'. I'll have to keep a lookout for them.
    I forgot to comment on the wonderful photo's of 'Buddy the swimming dog'. He's so adorable in his life vest and cute as a button paddling around without it. He is a treasure!

  5. It is exciting to see how your plants are thriving, and I hope I can continue to learn from you and yours what might be happy growing over the hills in our neighborhood! It is also exciting to see the great catch of fish Travis and his friends caught which will provide so many good meals! We enjoyed a beautiful hot summer day today in the Columbia River Gorge, even as we noted more tinges of Fall colors in the foliage around us, didn't much for which to be grateful! xx

  6. You certainly took us on a beautiful tour of your delightful garden. So much summer bounty the flowers and produce are amazing. You son and friends have a great talent for fishing, there certainly will be some great meals from the haul. A beautiful post.

  7. That's a great haul of fish - hope you enjoyed them. Your hanging baskets never cease to amaze me - such gorgeous displays of vibrant colour. How often do you water them? I always manage to kill things (even geraniums) in baskets. I'm hoping all the plants my landscaper put in about a week ago survive. I think there are over 50 of them. xox

  8. Geesh..the land of PLENTY!:)
    And I just put my trailing petunia basket in the compost:)

  9. Dear Teresa,

    Finally popping over to say hi. I enjoyed the photo's of your holiday in Oregon. Lovely photo of your husband and dog! Glad you had a good time.

    Your garden looks spectacular. You have much more colour in your garden than I have. So beautiful! And that watermelon....delicious!

    Wishing you a happy weekend ahead!

    Madelief x

  10. Oh such bounty in your wonderful little piece of Heaven! I think those plants such as yours love the plastic planters and tubs.. the heat is so good for their roots. I have my cukes and tomatoes in tubs and they love it. All of your flowers are so wonderful..... I can see why you so enjoy sitting on your deck! Those Lantana are simply stunning.. you inspired me to get the yellow and peach ones which are doing quite well here in the dry climate.. but I planted them in the ground and they are not thriving like they would in baskets. The white, yellow and pink ones are just gorgeous. I can't think of enough descriptive words to describe all of the beauty that surrounds you there! The Steelhead look huge.. I bet that dinner will be yummy.... soy ginger.. sounds like a good flavor to add to fresh salmon! Thank you for sharing... and bet it does feel a little nice to be back home, relaxing?? a litle bit! Hugs...

  11. Gorgeous gardens, a beautiful day and good food, oops I forgot great friendship too!
    Hugs to you my dear Teresa,

  12. That watermelon is very impressive. Your flowers are so thick and lush in the hanging pots. HOw do you keep them that way? Mine get leggy and I water them but they thin out .
    The fishing looks amazing ! Great job guys!

  13. Your place needs to be published in Country Garden magazine . . . I love photos of your garden. You're probably getting tired of hearing me gush over your lawn and garden, but I just cannot help myself. Pretty flowers and fresh salmon . . . tell me what is better than that.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Connie :)

  14. A wonderful garden it is too Teresa...yummy veg, perfect with the salmon your son caught! xx


I absolutely love comments and thank you so much for taking time to leave me a note. :-)