Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I think that summer has settled in to stay. We've had several hot and humid days, along with some rain. I'm loving the sunshine when we do have it. April and May were months of mostly rain. Rain that we needed for the water table, but it became a little depressing after a while. I'm sure we'll be wanting more of it by mid-summer!

I had a nice gardening/herb surprise this year. My chicory is blooming!

I planted it last year and it never came up~at least not for months and then I assumed that it was nothing but weeds. We probably mowed it down a time or two. I figured that the rain had washed away the seeds that I planted and had given up. What a happy surprise to see it this year. I love the color of the flowers.
Did you know that you can eat the chicory leaves either raw or cooked? I knew that the flowers were beautiful and the roots could be used for a coffee substitute, but I've never known anyone to eat the leaves. I read that you can also eat the flowers in salads. Well, I think they are too pretty to eat!

Our garden is growing well. Our tomatoes are getting tall and have several tomatoes on them. We will have them much earlier this year than last! Our pepper plants look good, as do the squash and pumpkins, but no blooms on them, yet. I'll try to get some pictures posted soon.

The strawberries are loving their raised bed and I think they are doing well for their first year.

We want to add some more raised beds in time for a fall garden.

How are your gardens doing? Are you doing any special projects this summer?


  1. Hello, Rose Mary! So good to hear form you again- I've missed you!

    Our garden is coming along slowly this year... too much rain and not enough sun right after we planted, but it's all come up so far. (Thank goodness!)

    We were in the process of cleaning out and rebuilding our property fence, but now that it's almost summer that will be put on hold until fall and colder weather... too many wasps and poison ivey right now!

  2. Hi Rose Mary. It's good to hear from you.
    We've had lots of rain, too. We heard on Fox News Network, Missouri is to be among those states with a cooler than normal summer. I can handle that! It's something to do with electrical storms. We've had a lot of rain and I know exactly what you are talking about when you say it can get depressing.

    We see a lot of chicory growing along the roadside, up here.

  3. Hi Rosemary, Love the color of the chicory! My garden is coming along, we have some strawberries ready! Other than that, I've been spending too much time in hospitals between my son & hubby, not alot of time to enjoy the garden yet. So nice to hear from you again, how are the furbabies?

  4. Rose Mary,
    I love your herb garden. I'm also staying busy working in my flower and vegetable garden. It's also hot here in Western North Carolina, but we had a storm yesterday that brought much needed rain.
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

  5. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Not to sure what I am going to do yet. I know I have God by myside. Try to stay cool, I bet its kind of nasty back there. Take care.