Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scribble Picnic. . . . . . Plump

Our Scribble Picnic theme for today is PLUMP!  
 I realized, while preparing garlic for my Indian Red Lentil Dal last
 week, how important it is to keep fresh, plump garlic bulbs
 on hand. I really love garlic and use it a lot in my kitchen.

Photo edited to a sketch, colors added with pencils.

Last evening I grilled bread and rubbed it well with olive oil and garlic.
A bit of delicious crunch along with a main meal Cesar salad, plus hard boiled
 farm eggs, a few freshly boiled and sliced red-skin potatoes, and a couple of 
Greek anchovies mashed up and added to the dressing.
Hey, it reached 102F on the way home from some errands in mid-afternoon,
and the heat index was 113F. . . . . . . no way was I going to turn on the oven!

Throw on your cool sundress or shorts and sashay over HERE to
 Michael's blog where, hopefully, other members of our group will be
 sharing their take on the theme 'plump' - who knows what you might find! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Heating up. . . . . . Daylilies and Sunflowers

Right now Bob is out watering. He beat me to the hoses at 6:45 am and is almost
done so I'm not even getting into gardening clothes - thank you Bob, I've saved
 coffee for you! I'll most likely have to do my share this evening - the heat index 
for today is 105 degrees - it will be a scorcher and people with breathing 
problems, such as my neighbor with COPD, need to stay inside with their a/c 
running full blast!

Even the cherub family looks hot this morning.

The daylilies love this weather. In all honesty, I'm not thrilled by orange flowers, 
however these double blooms (which I really don't recall planting) are quite lovely
 next to the blue hydrangea.

My sunflowers are dong well despite lower leaves, and a few buds, being
a nighttime snack for some creature passing through the garden - deer most 
likely. They have certainly grown by leaps and bounds these past couple of weeks
 and are now setting their spectacular buds.
These are all growing from the seeds I collected from last year's flower heads -
I feel like they are my 'children' and am so proud of them.

One of several of the sunflowers already in bud.  I think they are so 
amazing at every stage of growth, especially the strength and 
height, of the straight, strong stems readying to support the heavy 
 golden flower heads.

Hope your day is cooler than mine!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hosta happenings -

Such special plants the hosta, grown mostly for their showy leaves. 
Sadly I've lost several over the years when voles have enjoyed 
their roots for breakfast!
My white flowering ones are over now, however this weekend the tall
 spires of blue ones seemed to open all together. . . . . . 
. . . . . . this morning the back garden is decorated with their lovely color.

These blue flowers may be the only cool touch in the garden 
all this week. Our temperatures will be the high 90's daily.
We are having to water now - a small storm was supposed to 
bring a little rain last night but it didn't happen!

Off early to drive neighbors to the airport this morning. 
A busy week ahead as we'll be "going on holiday" soon!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

My Dad. . . . . . . . . .

Torquay, Devon, England - 1970
Edward Rolton M. (but always called Steve) - 1900-1976

My father's birthplace - the small fishing town of Brixham, Devon, on the edge of Tor Bay.
When I go home to England I always take the small ferry across the bay, sit quietly
 on the harbourside, and recall the time I did that with my daddy as a child.

Enjoy being with your Father today if you can. . . . . . or remember 
him with love and respect.

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