Sunday morning

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Tomatoes. Zinnias. Basset.

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at least I still have all my teeth

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A nice shot of the “Caesar’s Brother” siberian iris, rather than a shot of all my bandages…

But I’m healing nicely…

On my Saturday ride to work, I decided to wave at a friend while navigating an incline. Balance has never been one of my strong points.

My very nice friend poured water on my multiple wounds, her friend borrowed me her phone to call my boss, and Chadd (who had been biking with me) started looking for my shoe. It was wedged in the forks of my front wheel. Which was now slightly bent.

I still made it to work on time. My boss borrowed Chadd her truck to take my bike to the repair shop, and proceeded to help bandage my elbow. Chin, hand and knee, I took care of. I stayed at work, not in any pain until one hour before close. Then everything started to seize.

So now I’m still a little swollen, still a little bruised, but everything is looking ok. Still have my teeth, my fingers, and I didn’t hit my head. The weather should be clearing up tomorrow, so I looks like I’ll be back on the bike.

Both hands on the handlebars at all times! No waving allowed!

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a little different next year

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This, my second year with full sun planters…and I still don’t have it quite right. The placement is good, but the plants are not WOW.

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The grasses were a bit disappointing; it was a new variety, and I’ll go back to my tried and true “Vertigo” for the grass pots. The roses were an attempt at a low maintenance, full season bloomer; only the “Never Alone” rose has been doing a good job. The “Morden Sunrise” has been a bit of a disaster, with black spot from the get-go, and not a big show of flowers.

Next year? Thinking grasses alone in two pots, and geraniums and ivy in the other two…but what about the boxwood? Does he get the go-ahead for next year, too?

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most wonderful time of the year

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I used to think that I loved autumn most of all. Crisp, cool and breezy.

Today, with the humidity, the temperature is 40°C. Not easy to be outside. Plus, it’s wet from the rain last night. Not likely that I’ll get more planting done today (because, yes, I brought more plants home for the back and front gardens.)

We’ll be hiding in the house, but hiding so happily. I have more jam, and pickles to make! My lovely cucumber plants are producing just nicely, and likely half a dozen jars will be made today. The cherry tomato in the “house garden” is huge (yes, that’s it right there, plus more than a few herbs, my zinnias and calendula, and a yellow pear tomato) and the tomatoes are just ripening. My breakfast today was a kale, zucchini and tomato salad, entirely made with “stuff from the garden.”

I can’t quite put my finger on the difference this year, but I think it has a lot to do with my new philosophy of PICK IT SMALL. That, and EAT A LOT OF KALE.

Previously, waiting for the carrots to get “just the right size” meant that I was buying carrots instead of eating them from the garden, and then being inundated with them much later in the season. Carrots coming out of our ears! Then, the waste that happens since I run out of time to process them, and the guilt. Not this year. Pick them small, enjoy, and keep going.

My garden is tiny, compared to the one I grew up with. But this year still feels manageable somehow. That, and the fact that I got 90% of the garden weeded before that great rain a couple days ago, and that got us a good haul of beans, snap peas and pickling cucumbers yesterday. And the dill! Finally, finally, I have the dill I need on hand as the cucumbers are ready!

Really, I do think it is the most wonderful time of the year.

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while they’re blooming

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I’ve never grown lupins before, but always wanted to after seeing fields of them in Iceland. Definitely a year for gardening “firsts”!

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stolen

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Foraged?

The vacant lot two “doors” down from us was sold to a developer. But many, many, many years ago, some lovely soul planted two sour cherry bushes at (what was then) the back of the lot.

Last week, at about 9:30 at night, you might have found me on a cherry expedition. Just me, my pail, and those bushes. Accompanied by my cloak of mosquitos. Tonight, it was jam making time. But just 5 small jars.

Tomorrow?

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the legs, they are not happy with me

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Winnipegers joke that there are two seasons; winter and construction. This summer, I have been so very frustrated with construction season, as every viable route that I use to go to work has some sort of road work happening on it. After coming home not-exactly-in-tears-but-very-close-to-it, it was suggested to me that I take my bike to work.

It’s been tough, but rewarding and awesome at the same time. The beautiful prairie scenery and bits of wildlife that cross my path are so gratifying, as is the fresh, summery smell of the clover and alfalfa.

But my legs…are still adjusting. Those hills, and the 45 minutes that it takes to get to work, and then the 7 hours on my feet, then the 45 minutes back means that by the time I get home, my legs just don’t want to be under me anymore. Too bad everything at home requires a vertical position, including the shower to clean off after I drag my sweaty carcass through the door!

It’s been two weeks, and it’s been good; but those legs just don’t love me at the end of the day! I wonder when they’ll catch up…

While we were walking the dogs on Sunday, I came across this oak leaf with gall on it. Although it has nothing to do with anything, I thought it was the prettiest gall I had ever seen, and had to share.

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