Summer is finally here. June has been mostly overcast and rainy with a few days of sun to give us hope. The weathermen say summer doesn’t start in Seattle till July 8th. I talked to my brother this week and it was over 100-degrees, and the MR’s brother-iin-law was posting about tornado warnings. I guess we can handle a little rain.
Our new deck furniture seems to be able to withstand stormy nights with no problem. Look at the way the water just beads up. It’s amazing.
All that rain, means cool crops, like lettuce, are doing great. We’ve had salad three times this week. Isn’t that romaine beautiful?
In total transparency, I have a lot of weeds in my garden and the broccoli is bolting without ever crowning; but on the bright side, the carrots that went to seed last year have sprouted all over the garden, the beans are looking good, I have a ton of lettuce (besides the transplanted romaine), two of the kiwi vines are climbing all over the chain link, and the carrots I planted are coming up in neat little rows. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good year.
Remember my swathe of purple dreams? They are coming to fruition. A few of the lavender didn’t make it through last year, but this year all is well. I’m thinking of visiting a local farm/winery and buying some more. We have a big hillside to cover.
Along with rainy days, we’ve had plenty of mild weather to enjoy the new furniture on the deck. I’ve spent many a morning out in the sun with my buddies—the hummingbirds. When I was filling their feeder, the MR cautioned me to rinse it well, because he’d seen ants crawling on it. In problem-solving mode, I decided to google how to keep ants out of your hummingbird feeder. You can basically find anything on the internet. Sure enough, Amazon had a copper cup with hooks that you slather in oil. It’s done the trick so far. Amazon also had new stoppers for the wine bottle feeders. In the past, filling the feeders resulted in an arm drenched in sugar water, a shower, and a cranky Kim.
I tried to get an action shot, but my friends were being shy. Perhaps they didn’t like a camera and tripod set up next to their feeding station. Usually they’re quite pushy and demand attention. I went golfing and shopping with the MR yesterday; they could be feeling neglected. This little guy watched from afar.
I also saw this visitor. Fat bunnies are everywhere. We’ve also had plenty of deer and a few bears stop by lately.
In other outdoor news, the MR has been pruning in the orchard, and the front yard, and the driveway. I’ve thinned the apples down to just two or three per cluster. We’re going to have a banner crop this year with both apple trees covered in fruit. The rest of the trees have a few of this and that. But the currants are dripping with berries. It’s always fun no matter what we end up with. We’re bringing a currant-strawberry cake to a potluck dinner tonight. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
How is your garden doing? Any visitors?