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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It's hard to know what to do first.




Should I


let the cherries ripen a little longer or 
should I pick them before the birds beat me to them.  





Should I pick just a few pea pods while standing in the garden or should we have a pea shelling contest right away (the one I always win).





Should I cut the mint from around the pond





and hang it in my kitchen to dry.





It makes my favorite tea. 






So delicious Summer or Winter. 







I'm in love with my newly planted berry, the Tayberry, a new variety from the Tay River Valley, Scotland.





It is a vigorous grower and produces large and aromatic berries the very first year.  





Not many roses survive our very cold winters.  There is a spot by a wall and facing east where my old roses will grow.  





This time of year I can bring a few into the house.





The kitchen garden has a lot of growing to do. 
Early arugula and many varieties of lettuces have been filling our salad bowls and tall greens have been devoured by the chickens. 





 Our chickens thank us by leaving many eggs in their nests every day.  


Have a wonderful remainder of the week my dear Friends. 

Thank you so much for your visits.   

Gina



20 comments:

  1. Hi, Gina,

    I like the way your beautiful roses coordinate with your interior. And the Tayberry looks mouth-wateringly good!

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    1. Dear Mark, We unconsciously select colors and somehow they all go together...most of the time.

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  2. Gina, the way in which you've posed those questions would allow me to choose either option...or perhaps try a bit of both and enjoy the art of compromise.

    The tayberry flowers and your gorgeous roses show us lovely alternatives to which flowers might be the most lovely.

    On to those salad greens, and how you and your chickens seem to have mastered the art of compromise. I can only imagine how delicious those fresh eggs must be. I visited our NYC Union Square Farmers Market again today, during mid-afternoon heat and humidity with a hint of a breeze signalling the rain that would fall within the hour. I think about all that these farmers do to bring us their wonderful produce, and am so very thankful.

    Delicious salade compose for my supper tonight, with fresh blueberries after. Yummy! xo

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    1. Dear Frances, Your comments always make me smile. I too admire farmers who work so hard to bring fresh produce to our tables.
      Even grown on a small scale, such as ours, it is hard work. I can't imagine having to provide for a market.
      I want to congratulate you for supporting your local growers. Both of you benefit and I know that you have noticed the difference in taste, especially eggs from range free chickens and fruit and vegetables grown in soil that has not been tempered with.

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  3. Dear Gina - there is nothing better than the smells, appearance, and taste of things that we have grown ourselves - we walked along the River Tay when we visited Scotland last year, it is a beautiful area. The first photo reminds me of a Dutch Still-life.

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    1. Dear Rosemary, Thank you for reminding me that the Tayberry originated in Scotland. The experts tell me that the berry will grow in zone 7. To my surprise they are flourishing in Zone 3. Not only that but I see new seedlings shooting up and around the mother plants. I wonder if they are true to the original. If so, I can go into business growing Tayberries for they are coming up everywhere.
      But most importantly, these Tayberries are better tasting than any other berry I have tried.

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  4. That berry looks delicious! Your garden a dream and the roses such a delight. Your pictures are stunning! Such a lovely home and garden to live.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Marian

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    1. Hello Marian, Wishing you a wonderful day as well. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Thank also for stopping by.

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  5. So enjoyed this glimpse into your world, your roses are stunning.
    Happy MM.

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    1. Hello Maggie, When roses are all gathered together in a bouquet it looks like I have an abundance of roses. Wish that were so because I love them, especially the old roses. I am lucky to have a few bushes survive our cold winters.

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  6. Hello Gina, your berries, flowers and plants all look wonderful. The fresh mint and tea sound delicious. Lovely images! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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    1. Hello Eileen, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. Wishing you a great week ahead, as well.

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  7. Beautiful garden. You have a lot of decisions to make! :) Happy Monday!

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    1. You're right Snap. I have a lot of decisions to make. The birds are already helping me out. The cherries are dwindling as I write.
      Thank you for your visit.

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  8. Hello! Your kitchen tiles looks fabilous! I really love them and also your roses. We had mint tea from Marocco when I was a little girl, it was very new in that time!

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    1. Hello Lovely Lady Linnaea, Oh how I remember the super sweet mint tea of Morocco. It was always so delicious and so perfect after shopping the souk in the hot afternoon. I long to go back. Thank you for leaving a comment. It is so appreciated.

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  9. So many decisions to make I see...it made me smile to know you are the pea shelling champion. :-) I love the vignette you created with the eggs and the roses are indeed pretty.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Gina.

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    1. Hello Judith, Thank you so much for your comment. I know you are so busy with hosting Mosaic Monday. I hope you know that we appreciate the hard work you do in keeping it going.

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  10. You have many choices to make, all of them good ones! Your photos are so pretty, especially the roses. I'm drying mint these days, too. Love mint tea in the winter.

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    1. Hello Lorrie, Are you drying mint from your own plants? I had to move my mint plants away from the garden. It is such a prolific grower that it has a tendency to overtake everything. I'm glad that mine is now happy growing by the pond where there is plenty of room.

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