Loving My Favorite Season Summer
I know I inherited some of my love for gardening from my mother and I am grateful
I hate winter. If you know me at all, you know I truly hate cold, snow and ice. Once upon a million years ago I loved the cold. I loved ice skating and skiing and even slept with the window next to my bed open. I only did that until I met my husband because oh gee, I don't know, I guess he didn't like waking up with frozen appendages.
But as I grew older and recognized that my body didn't respond as well to falling on my ass in ice, I became less a snow bunny and more a sun worshipper.
I live for summer. Every year as soon as January is over, I start getting antsy to get outside into my garden. I can't wait to dig and plant and smell the earth. I love everything about summer, even the sometimes oppressive Ohio heat and humidity.
And....I love our yard. Not just the flowers and plants...but the design, the landscape....the privacy, the peacefullness.
It's my little paradise and I work very hard to keep it looking nice. I think the earth mother (hippie maybe?) that I was when I was younger is still alive and ventures out in summer. I love planting herbs and I love walking past them and brushing my hand over the leaves and then smelling their aroma. Of course using the herbs for summer foods is the best benefit of growing your own herbs. Not much beats a hot summer day capped off with fresh sliced tomatoes, mozarella and basil leaves picked from your own garden and all decked out as a beautiful Caprese salad. Fresh herbs also make fantastic homemade vinegars and oils to put into beautiful bottles and given to deserving friends and family.
My favorite herb is lavender and my lavender garden is a thing of beauty. I do not say that with any false pride as it's not my doing that those lovely, purple spires reproduce every year. I owe their beauty and their unmistable scent to Mother Nature in all of her glory. Butterfilies and bees are busy from sunup to sundown in my lavender garden and my only problem with that is trying to figure out a safe time to harvest the lavender without inviting bee stings.
In order to encourage more growth and to keep the plant healthy, it is recommended that you harvest the blooms of the lavender plant. Once you have your lavender removed from the stems, you then have the makings of a wonderful potpourri or even just small bouquets tied with raffia or ribbon to lie around the house.
My gardens are truly a labor of love and hard work though they might be...the results are worth it.
I could write forever about my gardens and their beauty, but I prefer to let the pictures tell the story.
Beautiful, summer days like today are meant to be shared. So after spending the morning cutting back the ground cover from hell, I took some photographs to share and to have as a memory when the inevitable cold winds of winter blow.