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The garden in summer

morning glories

My favourite photo of the garden: morning glories bathed in early light.

Back to my parents’ garden for this post, a look at the garden in its summer finery.

Eat your veggies

In my family, the beans below have been known as “mystery beans from Russia” for years. My parents were introduced to the beans by the people from whom my grandparents bought this house. All that was known about the beans is that the seeds came with immigrants to Canada from Russia. A bit of Googling reveals them probably to be Yellow Romano beans. Regardless of their name, they are very tasty!

You can’t cook without herbs! Though in these photos below, the herbs look nothing like you’d find in a supermarket packet.


Dill

Dill

My parents also grow plums and pears. If I remember right (Mum, feel free to correct me here) they harvested more than 500 of each this year. (The evil squirrels took a few hundred for themselves.) I know, you’re thinking “what on earth do they do with all that fruit??” Mum preserves some, but most of the fruit is turned into wine by Dad.

Flowers galore!

These are the show stoppers, in my opinion.





Hanging baskets on the site of the old apple tree.

Hanging baskets on the site of the old apple tree.

Birds and critters

There are also cardinals and blue jays, both of which come to the patio for peanuts, but they never stay still long enough for me to capture them as anything other than a blur moving out of frame.

Cute, but Public Enemy Number 1

Cute, but Public Enemy Number 1


Also cute,  but Public Enemy Number 2

Also cute, but Public Enemy Number 2

This Monarch butterfly regards the garden as his (her?) own territory, and patrols each day in early evening. This is a terrible photo (extreme of my zoom), but I’ve applied some filters and softening for an arty look to hide the grainy lack of focus.

Monarch butterfly on zinnia.

Monarch butterfly on zinnia.

Relaxing

Could anything be more pleasant than dining on the patio with the garden as a backdrop? Food made by Mum, wine made by Dad.

Note the tomatoes in the dishes, straight from the garden.

Note the tomatoes in the dishes, straight from the garden.


Tropical Prawn Cocktails and sparkling wine

Tropical Prawn Cocktails and sparkling wine


My parents' garden

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15 thoughts on “The garden in summer

  1. Malakoff mom says:

    Wow! It’s amazing what you can do with a camera. Makes me think I’d like to visit that garden. Oh … that’s right… I do every day. You’re right about the amount of fruit and what we do with it but we also give quite a bit away to friends and neighbors. Keep up the good work.

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  2. Such a lovely garden and very well maintained, I like the idea of having all that fruit turned into wine. How can you bear to live so far away from all that? I know. The weather. Rose of Sharon is quite different to the plant I know of that name – yours, or your Mum’s, is definitely a Hibiscus and a beauty at that. And the wildlife, including the naughty ones, is fabulous.

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  3. Malakoff mom says:

    To get into the Hibiscus verses Rose of Sharon question. I believe it’s the thawing and freezing in one season that kills the more delicate plants. Whereas if they freeze and stay frozen until it all warms up they survive.

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