We were both outside by 6:30 AM yesterday morning trying to beat the heat.
I did more watering and spraying for Japanese Beetles. I dug about 1/4 row of Yukon Gold potatoes. The harvest was light. That is one draw back with them. I think most of my problem was late planting and then it turning so hot so early. There were 4-5 tiny potatoes under the hills along with the 3-5 of larger ones. I will save them for seeds for next year.
I finished mulching around the melons on the west end of the garden. I also watered the beans and melons. So far everything is looking good. I need to pick green beans again.
I trimmed all around and under the peach tree and the garden path. Things finally look halfway caught up.
We are having the in-laws out for dinner to celebrate her 93rd birthday. Menu for dinner is: Meatballs, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes and new green beans.
I made a pumpkin pie and will serve it with whipped cream. I may make cole slaw. I need to use those cabbages for something!
Our son called and he is coming in with our grandson either this evening or tomorrow. The rest of the family is headed for California for something to do with the girls' dance classes. It may get tricky with cooking....I want to make a birthday cake for our grandson who has a birthday in a few days....
I got no sympathy from my daughter when I worried about the cooking.....she just didn't see the problem. I may be getting old but I don't handle the cooking with company as well as I used to.
Pictures from around the yard:
I love this Shoal Creek Vitex (so do the beetles) The pale blue just doesn't photograph well, but trust me it is very beautiful.
This is taken at an angle to the dining room porch bed. I don't know why it appeals to me, but it does. Maybe the daylilies waving above the others?
and this is one of the mystery glads in the package I bought to support the local school. I stuck these in the cistern planter but will move them to a better location next spring.
I love the color of this one...there were two of them.
Wait until the orange one opens! Talk about out of place...it is what designers like to call an accent color!
and I am adding this one just to show I did mow after cutting the hose in two.
Thanks to Jackie's suggestion, I was able to just cut a short end off the hose and use a hose clamp to repair it. Worked great.
and to change the pace,
I finally made myself organize and clean the shelves in the kitchen. Take a look, it may never be that neat again!