Used to be a ‘new’ Jersey Girl   : now A Colorado Girl

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The rites of summer

Well, okay, it’s not technically summer yet but this weekend we made our preparations as best we could. It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise for doing things in the yard.

We put the screens and curtains up on the poolside cabana, brought out the umbrella and the deck lounges and chairs. (Pool not open yet, but hopefully this week!)

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I planted some pots.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I did a lot of weeding of the back flower beds. In doing so I discovered two very different columbines. At least I think they are a variety of columbine since the leaf is the same. They are both in different flower beds and very far apart. Here is the double one.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

And this one doesn’t open any more than this but has many layers. Anyone have any ideas? They were not there last year and I certainly didn’t plant them. ? Maybe I pulled them up last year in a fit of zealous weeding but they had dropped seeds the year before?

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

We planted marigolds in the front flower bed. We planted our kitchen herbs in the old dry sink which join the already planted and potted tomatoes on the deck. I am hoping for a great harvest of patio and cherry tomatoes this year.

Last year we didn’t plant tomatoes because we got such a late start with our trip back to Colorado in mid June. This year we decided to stay home for June since it’s such a lovely time of year here and the pool really suffered while we were gone. Plus, we missed some quality pool time, not to mention firefly season! So, this year we’ll do our cabin trip in September instead.

Water dog Bella had fun with her wading pool this weekend too. She is always sticking her feet and head in the water bucket, so we thought she’d enjoy having a bigger water feature.

...testing, testing ....

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

hey, this is fun ...

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

i think there’s a bone in here somewhere ...

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I have no idea what’s going to happen once the pool is open. I know she’s going to end up in it at least once. Oh boy.

We went to the Warwick farmer’s market and bought fresh baby lettuces, scallions, radishes, bread, cheese, and a mini quiche for our Sunday lunch. Yum. I’m glad the market has started back up again. It’s a summer tradition for us and one that we love.

So, we had a busy weekend but it felt good to get things done. We ended the weekend with one of our favorite meals last night: grilled artichokes and lamb chops “scotta dita” (or burned fingers because they sell them on the streets of Italy and you just hold them by the bone and eat them quick while they are hot!) while listening to the cool vibe of Bossa ‘n Stones, (the Rolling Stones hits done with a bossa nova beat) which we discovered while eating in a restaurant in San Miguel.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I hope you all had a great kick-off weekend to the beginning of summer!

Tomorrow I’m taking you back to San Miguel again. I certainly hope you’re not getting bored with your armchair vacation ...


The San Miguel photos are just amazing! Keep ‘em coming!

Yep, I am guessing that dog is a swimmer!

Columbines will seed out, too, and cross-pollinate, too.

Loved the composition on the last San Miguel photo.

Mary, don’t worry, I have lots more coming!

Becky, yes, I’m afraid she is. I do have one “normal” pink columbine in another bed, so maybe that is where these are coming from. Pretty and a surprise! Thanks on the compliment on the pic. I loved all the different shapes and angles.

Bella is too funny!  If I had a coat like hers, I would probably love the water in the summer, too!  Maybe with her own pool, she will stay out of yours…

I have no clue about your lovely flowers, but I do know that I had flowers (peonies and daffodils) pop up in odd places.

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