Well, It's been a week. I've been home a week.
I have been cleaning out...digging out, sorting, sighing...fighting exhaustion
(which I researched, and it is normal to still feel wiped out 6 months after a hysterectomy)...and then reveling when the sun finally popped back out again after a week of rain, rain, and more rain.
C has been begging to set up the farm stand. But the rain has kept our garden at an awkward stage. No veggies in sight yet, except lettuce and herbs. But we did it yesterday, as soon as the first rays of sun slid out from the haze. And we sold out immediately on this sleepy little dead end road. In fact, we even became a little puzzled when an older couple drove by, turned around to visit us, then drove back the way they came.
We don't advertise....we are just a tiny operation....so it was odd...but welcomed, and C kept her smile on, and her sweet way of chatting. She's a natural.
So then we restocked. And we had a perfect day. I mean what's not fun about cutting flowers and
arranging them into sweet little haphazard rustic arrangements tied up with a bit of patriotic ribbon? And how rewarding is it to have a 9 year old who is showing every sign of loving gardening as much as I do? Score!
I snipped the blossoms over my large galvanized flower bucket. The leaves and stems...even a floppy, unusable blossom or two swam happily in the water....begging to smile for the camera.
I tried to sell parsley, but it drooped in the sunshine. I don't like to sell droopy flowers...or herbs. As soon as I brought it back in, it perked right up. (a sign that we should set up the crisp white tent for the farm stand)
I have decided to make the parsley pesto featured on the cover of the June issue of Bon Appetit. I'll let you know the results!
And I couldn't resist taking a few photos of the bees on the Veronica (speedwell).Blue Bomb, shown above, is one of my favorite varieties.
The hydrangea below was planted when we first moved in 15 years ago. Does anyone know the variety?
One or two varieties of lavender are blossoming. Our grand dames are very close....a day or two perhaps...I will be selling lavender in my Etsy shop again, and perhaps a little Instagram sale.....
And I'll close with my favorite image of the week, and a quote that I think is quite fitting on this Independence Day:
Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
Happy Fourth of July my friends!