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summer unfurled

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We went into town for a look around …

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… and saw the old town in her summer bunting. Archival

… and the tourists having a good time … as they do … ©StephieMcCarthy

Makes us smile to see such frivolity on a summer day …

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We gathered our lilies, the two colors we grow, to make this photo …

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… picked beautiful peas and raspberries … ate them on the spot …
We don`t ask a lot from our small plot, and are always so grateful …

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A fence protects our small treats from … see the rascal?

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The porch at the old house got lots of touch ups this summer …

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… and strings of bells to scare away roosting pigeons …

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The log room at the old house is the only room
there with an airconditioner that works quick.

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Drip, drip, the air conditioners roar and drip all around town.
Do you ever plant ferns under them like we do?

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Ah, cool ferns and big leaved violets make cool glades for small ones …

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So we keep walking through these forests studying beauty…

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… and take beauty with us into our dreams …

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Time for a treat! Care to share?

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summer arrives on beating wings

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… running upstairs

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… downstairs

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Then, up again …

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… this summer, I had to make a lot of choices, about what was most important.

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Because summer unfolded early in the wavy glass windows …

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… and I have a lot of garden space started …

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Only photos remind me of moments
when I paused long enough over the years to record a thing or two.

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… and I`ve got to say, a year like this one, with early summer, makes for he best ever for Dame`s Rocket flowers that splash all over the Blue Ridge.

I am so concerned about work this time of year …  I nearly missed my favorite rose show in my mountain garden. ©StephieMcCarthy

Then a sudden burst of cool weather pleased a small patch of foxglove in the kitchen garden …

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Come back year after year, I asked them, and I treasure the seeds.
I will always have foxglove seeds put aside now.

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Hardy plants are a must here … this wilderness is really not for the overly delicate!

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I eat a lot more of these fragile lettuce leaves than the bugs do …
so I treasure them, and baby them, thinking I might reach salad Narvana.

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It looks tender hearted, does it not?

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But I assure you, HARDY, is the way it really is, in these mountains …

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Delicate beings. Much stronger than you would think …

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Some things have the audacity to stand up to time and weather,
like metallic paint on this old railing. Yep still lots of color on my deck.

I am so concerned about work this time of year …  I nearly missed my favorite rose show in my mountain garden. ©StephieMcCarthy

And, hurray, … the strawberries came back, even after a record cold winter …

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Makes me so joyful to have a strawberry festival, right here at home!

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We hope for bumper crops, if we are so lucky to get them!

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Settle for enough to prize for a few weeks, if that`s what works best!
I leave it up to Mother Nature!

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Applause, applause! It`s the little things that are always there for embracing!

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Little prints are one of my specialities, by way …

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Visit my etsy shop for a few marvelous and delicate looking
wonderful little things
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I think you will be glad you did!

spring 2015

Wake up sleepy heads …

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Winter is nearly just a passing dream …

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Fairy tale flowers are emerging all along the river …

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… pansies shining their faces everywhere …

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Which way should we go?

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A mountain trail, fringed with flowers … soon to come!

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… keeping watch for mountain laurel …

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… and bluebells … and violets …

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… the magic of flowers never grows old.

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Fairies they will come at dawn,
bless that flowers,
then the are gone …

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Some classic bulb splendor from the Philly Flower Show…
Did you know you can transplant bulbs while flowering if it`s raining?

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A little kitchen love …
This is walnuts and goat cheese
baked inside mini peppers for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Salmon crusted with walnuts on a bed of mashed potatoes …

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Bon appetite for Spring 2015!
Learn oh~so~many good things with my favorite website.
All about flowers, crafts, and gardening at:

FMG
There`s a GREAT month~long project challenge
going on now called Signs of Spring!

J O I N ... U S !

 

You can see some of my freshest art
in my shop called CoralBella
T H A N K Y O U for visiting this beautiful day!

 

Come back soon, I`ll be Tweeting at the Top!

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