Monday, August 18, 2014

Just Thinking . . .

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”
Rachel Carson

Brewster Tidal Flats- at Low Tide

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August Full Moon

Full Moon over Chatham

Chatham Lighthouse Chatham Mass.

Full Moon- Lighthouse beach

Chatham Lighthouse at night.

Full Green Corn Moon
The Sturgeon Moon
The August moon was awesome to see over the Atlantic Ocean last Sunday night. It was rainy and cloudy but it still shone bright for us. The moon was in front of us and the lighthouse behind us.  We usually walk through Chatham and then come up to the lighthouse for a little while. These old lighthouses really make you think about the days when sailors relied on the sun, stars and lighthouses for navigation.   Today I am confident that the shipping industry is safer with all the technology.  Amazing all that we as a nation put into Lighthouses so long ago though.  Most lighthouses are on automated today and managed by the US Coastguard.  Shine on, Shine on and safe journeys  to home,

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Garden Mid- August 2014

Hibiscus Flower

Rose of Sharon - Bush

Main Garden

Walkway colorful and filling in

Lots of red tomatoes and orange marigolds

Hops are making blooms - ladybugs have arrived as well.

Coleus are bright and bold.

The garden in Mid-August is full of color.  The Tomatoes are ready, very sweet adn juicy.  The strawberries are producing again.  Many of the flowers are mature and in full bloom.  Zinnias, Marigolds, cosmos. The Hops are beginning to flower as well. The crickets can be heard chirping all day long.  Oddly we are having September weather , cool, dark, cloudy, rain and feeling like Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup days.  We are busy packing up 2 kids to head off to College this next week. I was just thinking today that it will be bulb planting season soon- it seems to early but September is but on our footstep.  It is headed our way whether we like it or not. While I miss the sun and its warmth- these days can be reflective too.  I am busily trying to finish a Quilt for one of my kids to take to college  - I am in the quilting stage . . .  Hoping I can finish it!!!
 Be well and enjoy your gardens. 
I need to do some serious weeding- just one week away and the sweet clover has taken over.   This year the birds have dropped Poison Ivy seeds in my garden and they are causing me havoc.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Beach Break . . .

Just taking a little break . . .be back soon!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just thinking . . . . .

Nothing is worth more than this day.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Garden this week- late July 2014

Getting very Colorful

Hops has started to Blossom - need to post a closeup

Still lots of Bee balm- got the Hedge trimmed this week.

Tomatos are doing well, getting ripe and tall!
Fun visitor!

Flowering Kale that the Cabbage worm - did not get!

IT is fun to look back and see how much the garden has changed over the weeks. I don't think I would notice it as much if I was not keeping photos of it this year. We got 4-6 inches of rain yesterday - so every thing is rain sodden and somethings need staking.  Lots of bugs and spiders are showing up in the garden now.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book Chatterings at Chestnut Hill


                 I picked this book up by chance at the local Library for $1.00  the cover was attractive and I liked the name and description  Embroidered Ground by Page Dickey.  I really had no idea what it would be like.  I was not to far into it and realized that I had indeed read her first book and still owned it, Duck Hill Journal.  Page Dickey lives in "UpstateNY"  meaning in this case outside of NYC and many years back established her garden Duck Hill as she calls it. The first book Chronicles that time frame.
              This second  book delightfully written in small readable chapters of 2-4 pages  looks at the the aging of the garden or shall we say the maturing. There is wonderful wisdom about many things - from plants to light to watering to change- lots of change and how to relate to it both in the garden and in life.  I have had gardens here at Chestnut Hill for 26 years now- some have come and gone, some remain, others are still in my dreams. There were many things I learned and that I could relate to or implement because of reading this book.  If you really love gardens and outdoors then I think you would like this book.  I do not think you have to read the first book first as they can hold up independently.

" In earliest Spring, when the air is still chill and the garden beds around the house  are damp and slow to wake, this patch of woodland is alive with small happenings that thrill us.  The witch Hazels are studded with yellow, and snowdrops flower beneath them and all along the paths, mostly the ordinary . . ."  Pg 17

"We don't use paths enough in American gardens.  Of course we all have a path from the garage, or parking area, to the kitchen door, and usually a more formal but less used path to the front door.  But we don't take advantage of paths sufficiently in our gardens or along the perimeters of our properties to suggest a journey , an adventure" pg.37

" My bouquets are, in essence, a reflection of my garden, a mixture of branches, leaves, flowers, and fruits in a style that is structured  and yet loose, relaxed and a little wild.  Making them is one of my favorite occupations.  When I put together a bouquet for our house, I think in a similar fashion as I might when plotting a garden."  pg. 179