Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer is Here!

Normally it doesn't take us very long in Georgia to get to summer but this year we actually have had a nice long spring. Even now temperatures are still in the 80's which has been really nice. I took a bunch of pictures to share with you today. Some of them you can compare with the last posts pictures and see how fast everything has grown.
Here is the extent of my gardening this year. My one lonely tomato plant and some herbs. It has grown really quickly but only has one tomato on it. Yesterday we moved it onto the porch to what we hope will be a sunnier location. In with it I have some basil, thyme and rosemary.

 The peaches are doing great! We did have one storm where a bunch of them fell off but there are still plenty left. I really am very impressed with how well they are doing and the bugs don't seem to like them either. I'm thinking a few more weeks and we'll be picking them.

Phil has been busy building us a new front porch. The old one was slowly rotting away. This one isn't finished yet. We still need to add the railings but it is much nicer to step on a porch that isn't in danger of falling through.

Out in the back shed the chickens have done really well this year. Unfortunately, a lot of the chicks I got last year turned out to be roosters. I put an add on our local facebook board and gave away most of the roosters the other day. But one of the little bantam hens decided to claim a nest for herself and I let her and two days ago she hatched this little one. She still has a lot of eggs left and I hope she ends up with a few more chicks. So far I haven't had to remove him from the pen but we'll see how it goes.

Here is a picture of one of the pots of coleus, doing what coleus do. I think they are lovely and am glad I planted these. When I was a kid in NH, coleus were a houseplant. 

Out back again you can see that our wonderful tree is still looming over the back yard. For those who aren't on my facebook, this hardwood tree just leaned over one day while we were having a little rain shower. I don't know what is wrong with it. Phil got up on the shed roof and cut off as much of the top as he could reach with the chain saw but it just didn't help any and now the tree refuses to break so we are stuck with it leaning over the back yard and old greenhouse until it does.

Also in the back yard I have two bushes blooming. I bought them years ago at the flea market and they have never bloomed before this year. When I bought them I was told they were an old time hydrangea. I think they are lovely and hope the tree doesn't fall on them now that they have finally bloomed. 

This last picture is just a few pots of petunias (there are pots of mint somewhere behind them on the table). These pots were on a hanging post in the back yard that got hit by the tree branches and fell over but Phil went and rescued them for me and they now have recovered and sit on the table in the back yard until their post can be put back up..safely.

Other than that, there is, of course, knitting and crocheting.

I have about 70 items in my Etsy shop now but nothing is really selling. I just keep adding to it and hope I have plenty for Christmas. You can find me on Facebook here;Becky's Crochet and Craft Shop