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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Coming this fall, to Bozeman, MT

DJ made a little movie...

... yep. I'm having a baby. In November. In under 100 days (holyshitbreathethroughapaperbag).

We've been pretty quiet about it for a variety of reasons, but the last, a long-anticipated visit from DJ's high school friend, was this weekend. DJ has been waiting since late February to point to me in front of his friend and friend's wife and say "look what I did!"

I am married to a 12 year old. But he's pretty funny and talented too.

I'm not certain how much of this blog will shift to baby-related stuff. Hell, that'd mean I'd actually have to write stuff here, huh? This spring and summer have been so very busy that I just... I don't know that I have time!

In the meantime, I'll get the Friday farming pictures up shortly :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

July 20 Friday Farming

I had this as a draft in my folder; I'm not entirely certain why it didn't publish last week. Nuts. 

Once again, I've had the photos for this post uploaded since Friday morning, but am taking until Tuesday night to actually type the words. Yowzer, this summer is flying by. 

Here's the view from the front porch. 

And again, from the street. 

From the other side.

The power box bed. You'll notice the area to the left, which DJ sprayed out the other week. I could not keep the grass out, so we've laid down a defensive perimeter of Round-Up.

The Autumn Joy Sedum is throwing up blossom heads.

The first of the sweet-pea blossoms.

Looking towards the street.

And down the porch.

To the left of the steps.


To the right of the steps.

More daylillies!

The gladiolus are sending up blossom stems.

Black eyed Susans are blooming. It seems kind of... early, doesn't it?

Along the driveway.

Corner of the house.


Herb bed. Those garlic are about 5 days away from being harvested.

The lupine and delphinium are still blown to pieces.

And this little Autumn Joy Sedum is just not going to take off this year. I'm not sure what to do.

Raspberry bushes.

OMG you guys, fresh raspberries? AWESOME.

Fern gully.

Twist and shout hydrangea.

Annabelle hydrangea.


The driveway area.

Clematis in the back yard.

Blue delphinium.

My hollyhock is finally blooming!

Another Autumn Joy Sedum that is just not thriving.

And finally, the farm.

We have a lot of tomato blossoms right now.

And random squash.. I'm really not certain what I planted where when it comes to squash this year.

I'm guessing this is a spaghetti squash?

Cherry tomatoes.

Jalapeno peppers!



And lastly, the harvest for the week. Garlic, raspberries and lettuce.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

July 13 Friday Farming

I've been pretty good about taking the photos on Thursday night or Friday morning. And I've been pretty good about uploading them to Blogger on Friday. 

And then they sit there in a saved draft until I get around to writing the words. Right. About that. 

Our front porch is pretty lush right now. 

Along the driveway is doing well.

The daisies are just starting to bloom and the gladiolus are poking up.

Holy moly you guys. Raspberries. Blowing my mind. So many raspberries. I have a bowl of them with yogurt every day. I kind of want to try making sorbet.

To the left of the driveway.

The herb bed. Lavender, oregano, chives, mint and garlic (which is about to be harvested).

Bee balm! For the first time, it really looks good. It makes me happy.

Such an interesting looking flower.

You can see that the lupine and the delphinium still haven't recovered from the wind. And that all the soil pep has blown out of this bed again. I told Dusty the other night that I'm going to slowly fill this bed in with big rocks. And next year I'm going to put these two plants into loops to provide support.

Fern gully.

Blooming twist and shout hydrangeas.

Dog and husband.

More lavender.

Daylilly (with dog hair).

Annabelle hydrangea. 

Happy dog!

Trellising clematis.


Hollyhock is growing.

The farm is coming in okay.

The squash in this corner is going to be squished.

Gopher hole!

I have no idea. Pumpkin? Or... spaghetti squash? But I thought I didn't plant spaghetti squash this year?

Zucchini blossoms. 


So the gophers ate the tops off of all of the carrots. Bastards. Meh, the carrots will be fine.

I have sad news to report. Wally the Watermelon didn't make it. I'm not sure if it was lack of water or too much fertilizer applied directly to the leaves. Bye bye Wally.

The tomatoes are thriving in the hot weather of late.

Tomatoes! I think these are cherry tomatoes.


Back around front, here is the view of the power box bed from the house.

Something weird is going on with this daylilly. It has a bunch of stems with blooms on it, but the blooms are snapped off leaving this. What gives?

More bee balm (ignore the weeds please).

The front of the house.

I kind of want to plant a flowering tree to the right of the sidewalk, to balance the one tree we have out front. But... it's pretty close to the water line. And it would totally mess with the existing landscaping.

To the left of the steps.


On the front porch.

To the right of the steps, as you face the house. Weird how the aster is totally different this year...

To the left of the stps, as you face the house. See the garlic?

You've probably noticed by now that Harlow is excellent at photo-bombing photos. She has recently acquired another skill: getting stuck under the bed during the night. She'd sneak under there as a puppy, but then we got a new, slightly lower, bed, and she couldn't fit as easily. She hasn't lost any weight, just learned to slide on her belly more, I guess. About once a week we wake up wondering where the dog has gone...