This, that and the other thing (all the outside stuff in this post)

I can always tell when summer is approaching by the volume of activities that need to be accomplished on a daily basis.  Although I think it has “something” to do with having an acre of land and longer daylight hours, I have no proof that is really the truth.  And yet every summer the same thing happens, I find myself busy from daybreak to well after dark.  And I revel in it, I am not, and have never been very good at sitting quietly and I certainly don’t vegetate in front of a television set well at all.

But I do find that I tend to forget to blog about what’s happening in my little world, so today I’ll recap a LOT of things with pictures (and probably not many words) and I’ll split it into two separate posts one outside, one inside.  This is the OUTSIDE post.

The tulip tree in the back yard is blooming again, an event I look forward to every year:

And the iris are blooming as well:

The new front flower garden bed is settling in nicely, although the south side bed is still struggling due to high sunlight and heat levels. I may have to replant that entire bed with more heat/sun tolerant plants as I tend to forget that what is full sun tolerant in northern climes is not always full sun tolerant here in the south.  But back to that front bed, even my hostas, which were transplanted at dusk when I could barely see what I was doing, are thriving:

My vegetable garden is coming along nicely and is at the “thinning” stage for the beets, carrots and green been sprouts:

The herb planters are doing well in their new location inside the fence line, closer to the kitchen door, and up on a table where the dogs can’t get to them:

The chickens are progressing nicely:

And Cocoa, as always, is happy to see me when I return from a wander outside the fence line.  Baci not so much, he’s a lot less clingy!

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