Window Boxes, Gardens and the Lazy Days of Summer

Since the horrible heatwave ended a few weeks ago, we have had the most glorious weather.  And it has made a world of difference to the growing things at Brookwood Shire.  

Our  south facing window boxes suffered during the heat wave.  Flowers and leaves wilted…baking in the sun.  It was very discouraging.  But happily, they have recovered.  I think this is their best year so far.

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The lush flowers give no indication of the damage the heat did just a few weeks ago!

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This smaller one is also flourishing. The petunias are loving the sun.

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The coleus here have practically covered the window.

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The coop window box is also filled with coleus. The girls peek out every morning as they wait for me to come let them out.

The gardens are a mixture of good and bad news.  The tomatoes are coming.
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The cherry tomatoes are ripening.
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The Brandy Wines….
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..and the Roma tomatoes are heavy on the vines, but not yet ripe.  They would probably like hotter days.

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We have peppers.
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But the eggplant is struggling.  It was too cold earlier and then something was eating them.  They are recovering now but they are still very small.  Perhaps there will be time for an eggplant or two.
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This is our first and only zucchini.  It grew, we harvested it and ate it.  But before we had any more, a little bunny chewed through the stem of the plant.  Sigh…never mind, there is lots of fresh zucchini around this time of year.

The green beans were very promising.IMG_3596
Until the deer discovered them.
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The deer have really been enjoying my gardens this year.  Beans, strawberries and potatoes all eaten…and now a few carrot tops chewed.  Time for a fence I am afraid.

The pumpkin patch was first too wet, and then too hot, but we have a pumpkin coming.IMG_3654
There are lots more flowers but so far this is the only pumpkin. Fingers crossed for a few more.
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And there are quite a few gourds.
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Unfortunately,the scarlet runner beans ended up on the deer menu.

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The swiss chard has been very happy this year and has provided many a meal.

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And we have a new pea plant! One of the seeds must have been slow to start and is now enjoying this lovely weather! What a treat!

 There is a certain amount of faith is gardening.  So much promise in the Spring, but you never know how the season will turn out.  There are always a few disappointments..and a few surprises.  For instance…

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Our strawberries are back!

 Learn from the disappointments and celebrate the surprises.  It is all part of gardening.

So summer progresses at Brookwood Shire.   There is harvesting to do.  

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Herbs to dry..

But for Fergus and Merlin, these are the same lazy days they enjoyed all winter….IMG_3636IMG_3680
They dream on…

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…oblivious to any visitors.      

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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3 Responses to Window Boxes, Gardens and the Lazy Days of Summer

  1. Aww.. loved the photos at the end.. Your gardens are gorgeous! Looks like your new beds worked out for the most part.. how are potatoes coming?

  2. Oh dear, it definitely sounds like a fence is needed. Glad to hear some things are working though.

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