Flowers from my yard. I didn't plant these. They are all left from the previous owner. They are located on either side of my garage. They are two kinds of lilies and a hydrangea.
I made 4 quart jars of dill pickles about two weeks ago. They need to sit for 4-6 weeks for best flavor. We'll see how good we do. I know we didn't pack enough slices in there, but live and learn!
This is the cucumber plan that all but one of those picking cucumbers came from. We dug up one of the clothes line post (first tiny tree on left) but didn't feel like attacking this one this year. Maybe next. It made since to plant vining plants here. We had peas in the right originally. This plant is about spent but the 3 vines in the garden are just now taking off, even though they were planted at the same time.
I dyed my hair back to the "natural" color. I had a few inches of natural that they attempted to match it too. I told them not to tell me what color it was and to just do it. I would really like to not dye my hair, but I always go lighter or red and it eventually needs touched up.
Some friends of ours was traveling for the rest of summer and we volunteered to clean the pool for them! Ha we took advantage on the hottest day this week and went for a swim. That is Hubs with Mia. Mia LOVES water and was a great swimmer once we pushed her in. We knew she would be fine since we took her camping to a lake with us about 2 months ago. We even ordered her a doggy life jacket so she doesn't get so tired.
This is what the pergola looked like at the beginning of the week. I have since weeded all the creepy crawly weeds from hell around the edge. The vines on the left side were there last year and have since found cracks in the foundation to start a second area. Yes, that middle post is 2 maybe 3 vines and their off shoots. That whole side is a bench, that I would like to put some pillows on eventually, but I still have more cleaning to do before that can happen. The plans are to rough up the wood next year and stain it with a nice out door deck stain in a rich red or brown color. I think I'm going to try to talk Hubs into staining the concrete as well. This area needs to be a "destination" in our yard so I want it to be important!
In the back right hand side of the yard I killed off a bunch of straggly grass and used stones from around the yard to create a boarder. It was just recently mulched. It is a funny shape, but I wanted there to be a "hide out" behind the tree just in case I wanted to do something fun there. It is completely in the shade all most all day due to the neighbors trees. Hopefully I'll get a bird bath in there next to the tree soon. Oh, and plants....
Here is quite the work in progress that makes our yard one step away from ghetto redneck. Although it doesn't look TOO BAD here... this area is actually pretty cluttered. I spent yesterday ripping out dead plants our of planters and moving them around. so they were less of a problem. This "patio" was expanded using pavers from the other side of the stair case. The patio was awkward on that side since the cement path didn't go that way. You can see in this before that there was a flower bed here originally, but the dogs had that trampled in a few days. We don't have enough of the pavers to complete the whole section and come to find out they are no longer made. I'm not sure we would have started this project if we had known that. We could still order them but we would have to get close to 1000 at like $1 a pop. NO thank you! My plan was to put the patio chairs and umbrella on the new patio, but the large new birthday grill takes up most of the space. This is an area that has lots of projects to come!