Friday, August 15, 2014

august bloom day - 2014

Happy Bloom Day everybody!  I can't believe it's been a full month since I've posted.  It's been a busy summer.  And by busy, I mean I've been a homebody and done a bunch of stuff around the house.  But it's starting to show.  Last August, I didn't even bother with Bloom Day because I had absolutely nothing blooming in my yard.  (Well maybe my butterfly bush, but that's it.)  It was my mission this spring to have flowers this year, and I took a step in the right direction.  I have a long way to go, but this is a start.

In April, I planted two baby antique roses, and Cramoisi Superieur is blooming. :)  Buff Beauty hasn't bloomed, but it's fighting some blackspot and hanging in there.

The wild Black & Brown-Eyed Susans are proving that native plants are the best plants.

This little weed is one of my favorites.  It grows in a pot with some drawf nandina, and I think the little blue flowers are pretty darn cute.

But the most colorful flowers right now are the zinnias and the impatiens.  I was so happy to find them this year, and I haven't had any problems that weren't a direct result of my neglect!

The zinnias are from a variety of seeds.  There was Green Envy, a Fancy Named Purple, and a mixed pack.  They're spindly looking, but still pretty.

And just because I'm proud, here are some of the tomatoes I've harvested and frozen.  My mom is a surrogate tomato grower, so this gallon is a mix of what we've both grown.  I love tomato season, and have been making capresi salads & pasta sauces like it's my job.  This year I'm trying to extend the season by doing some canning.  This particular group is destined to be pickled and put up.  I've never tried pickled tomatoes, but I have a recipe from the Ball Cookbook, and they haven't let me down yet!

Happy Bloom Day everyone. Be sure to stop by May Dreams Gardens and see what else is blooming around the world :)
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