September 2021 tipping of seasons and a fig

Oddly the season is feeling very autumnal and still summer is hanging on. It was chilly here. Last week it was down to 39F (just below 4C). But this week the highs during the day have been up to about 91/92F (32/33C). I am pleased since the tomatoes are still coming and I’d like a few more to ripen.

In any case, the lawn is once again very green and not crunchy. It has recovered as though the end of July crunch didn’t happen.

The fig in the picture below is one of many on the fig tree that is right up against the south side of the house. I don’t have much hope of these getting to ripe….

September 2021 herbs, dried tomatoes, and handsome cats

I had a lovely puttering day yesterday picking herbs, doing laundry, and putting tomatoes in the oven. The kitties were enjoying the day too. And I managed to cut the lawn in the back garden; I will take some pictures of that since it looks lovely and green with the recent rain and cooler weather.

The herbs are doing well –I try to pick a batch at the beginning of the year to dry but some of them are better now, thyme for example.

I had thought to have it be a game –how many of these herbs can you identify? Turns out (after seeing these pictures) that the game will have more to do with seeing past these not-very-good images. There are six different herbs here, but I think one might be completely at the bottom of the pile.

Mostly I try for the leathery consistency in the sun dried tomatoes (that I do in the oven), but invariably some of them end up totally stiff and dried –rattling around like dice on the tray. Turns out they are delicious crumbled into/ onto various things. My mother makes a fantastic herb mix that includes very-dried crumbled tomatoes –it is great in olive oil for bread dipping, on scrambled eggs, and sprinkled on popcorn. It has herbs and dried garlic in it too.

Above is Martin Frobisher, looking handsome. And below are a few pictures of Cousin; he was in a posing mood.

July 2021 kitty updates

The outside kitties have been so terribly hot in this recent overheated weather. They’ve been draping themselves in the grass. Sidney is very smart and goes under the hostas near to where the hose attaches. I think he rests on the hose when the water is going through it –keeping it a bit cooler under there. The inside kitties are happy about the air conditioning, which I had repaired a few years ago. I am happy about having it fixed too. I think I have used it more this summer than any summer before. The good news is that the heat seems to have broken a bit here and the weather is quite reasonable this morning (time for open windows in the house!) AND there is a decent chance of rain tomorrow –according to the weather reports.

Ok, on to the kitty pictures….

Minnie looking at the sunset.
Minnie stretched out in the lawn.
Martin Frobisher looking handsome.
My svelte little old man, Sidney.
And here is Dekker, the now-very-chubby, previously-stray cat. He is prancing through the lawn like a show horse. Of course he doesn’t realize how round he is.
Here is the handsome Cousin getting some morning cuddles.

And finally, here are a couple of very funny pictures of Vlad taking advantage of my having set this down on the overfull coffee table. This kitty update is a Tiglet-free post, but don’t worry, he is just fine with his talkative little self. He just didn’t show up for the pictures. I’m sure I will have plenty more pictures of him soon.

Vladimir, His Royal Silliness.

July 2021 phlox and hosta

I am very fond of this white phlox and last year moved it to this corner spot of this bed as it gets more sun here than it was getting in the midst of the hostas farther to the north in this bed. It turns out I didn’t get all of it when I moved it…. so now I have some bravely emerging phlox back over in the old spot. I cleaned out this bed and tried to spread out some of these hosta last year, and I think that actually gave this phlox a better chance and might have even improved the amount of sun it is getting in the old position. I particularly like this phlox because it continues to bloom for a very long time. This bed gets moonlight in the early nighttime and it is stunning on these blooms.

Just in the upper right in the background here you can see the old position –and the returning phlox there. Below is a better picture of those who refused to move.

The hosta are starting to bloom –the miniature hosta are finished. For some reason they bloom really early.

And here are a couple of kitty pictures to round things out this morning.

Claribel with tiny paws.
Cousin, handsome as ever.

And here is some ambitious over confidence about the possibility of working that door handle.

June 2021 other moss rose, a lily to watch, and kitties

Quite a while ago, I bought these very sweet yellow moss roses and put them in this hanging basket. The basket is new this year. It is so shallow that I end up watering it every day.

Notice the very tall lily in this picture just to the right of the hanging basket. This lily will be blooming for its third year. And it has doubled each year.
I am astounded at the number of blooms on this plant.
Minnie and Tiglet both cleaning.
Cousin in his favorite basket and giving me the side eye.