another bird update

News on the nesting birds at my parents house: the chickadees and wrens have fledged. Robins and catbird are feeding their young big juicy worms and other bugs. I hear they bring back enormous mouthfuls of food and share it among all of the young. Mother Robin has become white and fluffy on her underside and seems to sit on the nest most of the time. It appears that it is Dad doing the feeding. Same with the catbirds. The Mrs is on the nest most of the time, even…

peony flowers

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Peony flowers! This plant was in the yard when we bought our house 15 years ago. A scrawny little plant, I tried all that time to get it to bloom. For years, I kept re-planting it shallower, fertilizing. Making sure it had lots of sun. It expanded into a big mound of green leaves. Sometimes it would get a tiny bud, that wouldn’t open. I threatened often to turn it to compost. Finally last year it had one blossum, this year, two. These past two years I remove alot of…

baby berries

The blueberries and raspberries are coming along.

view from above

Our garden birds. We used to get more types, but now its pretty much just sparrows. I suppose its because I don’t feed them anymore.

what flower are you?

I am a Violet What Flower Are You? If you click on the link under the violet, you’ll end up at a blog with a silly quiz that you can take to find out what kind of flower you are.  It says that I am a violet.

raining again

Raining again. I don’t think I’ll take soggy garden photos today. I’ll wait for the next posting until its sunny. The Boston Globe writes today that more than 18 inches of rain have fallen in May and June and if it were all snow it would be 180 inches! (My math expert – my son – calculated that is 15 feet.) They say we have a trapped jet stream. Everyone’s tired of all this rain.

bird update

News on the nesting birds in my parents yard: the catbird, robin, chickadee and wren are all still sitting dutifully on their eggs.

seedlings in the rain

Here are pictures of my vegetable seedlings: basil, beets, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, scallions, squash and tomatoes. (I forgot to photograph the eggplants.) It is another wet day and the seedlings are all looking soggy and ragged. I think the basil is having the hardest time and I’ve already lost a couple plants. Clearing is not predicted until later next week with more heavy rains coming tomorrow.

goldflame honeysuckle

I’ve been out taking pictures in the rain again. Good thing the camera is waterproof. The flower is Goldflame Honeysuckle (Lonicera x heckrottii).

Kathy Martin
This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy thinks the garden is his, even though I do all the work. We're located near Boston, in USDA zone 6. I have bees, chickens, fruit trees and berry bushes, too. I use all sustainable organic methods and strive to grow all of my family's vegetables myself. -Kathy

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Beets, Celeriac, Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme

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Cabbage, Kale, Escarole

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Broccoli, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers

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