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What’s new on the ranch

A pair of daylilies
A pair of daylilies

Faith, in its broadest sense, is about far more than belief in the existence of God or the disregard of scientific evidence.  Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand.  Faith is the belief in things larger than ourselves.  Faith is the ability to honor stillness at some moments and at others to ride the passion and exuberance that is the artistic impulse, the flight of the imagination, the full engagement with this strange and shimmering world.

~ Alan Lightman

Blueberries in the rain garden.
Blueberries in the rain garden.

Things have changed during the almost two weeks I was away.  The pink, Old English type of roses and the irises in the scrounger’s garden have finished for the season.  The red roses are still going at it, but look in need of some attention.  The white and peach colored roses didn’t do well at all this year.  I’m not sure why.  Flowers appeared, but it looked almost like they were burnt on the edges as they blossomed.

A tomato in the vegetable  garden.
A tomato in the vegetable garden.

We picked a couple of handfuls of blueberries this morning.  They are delicious.  The vegetable garden is producing yummy onions, romaine lettuce, basil, and Swiss chard.  The cucumbers are doing well, and I don’t think it will be too long before we pick our first tomato.

Yucca
Yucca

The yuccas sent up one stalk of flowers last year.  This year there are ten stalks of them.  Cleaning up the area must have helped.  They’re beautiful.  The other flowers in the scrounger’s garden are doing well, as are the hot chili peppers and herbs (rosemary and oregano).  Speaking of herbs, the chives and lemongrass are getting along just fine in the raised herb bed.  I’ll have to plant more herbs in there next year.  I took it easy this year, waiting to see what might come up.

A surprise in the vegetable garden.
A surprise in the vegetable garden.

We found petunias in a variety of colors blooming in the part of the vegetable garden we’re not currently using.  That was a lovely surprise.

Butterfly bush getting ready to bloom.
Butterfly bush getting ready to bloom.

There was magic here last night.  I can’t show it to you, but I can tell you about it.  The full moon hung over the lagoon, painted with clouds in various shades of pink, orange, and red.  Lightning streaked across the sky in the distance, lighting up the clouds.  In the meadows and trees, thousands and thousands of fireflies danced in the dark looking like stars that had come to earth for the night.

I was so enchanted that it never occurred to me to grab the camera and try to capture it.

Trumpet
Trumpet

This morning I went to look at the flowers blooming on the trumpet vines and I was buzzed by a couple of hummingbirds.  I must have interrupted them as they were feeding.  I thought I might have caught one with the camera, but it appears he was too fast for me.

Another daylily
Another daylily

I noticed on our way home yesterday that the dayliles are blooming everywhere.  That includes are own dayliles growing by the greenhouse.  I love the way the light and shade play with them throughout the day.  (That means you might be seeing more of them soon.)

I’m sure there’s more going on in the meadows and in the woods, but I haven’t had a chance to get there yet.  I was busy checking out the gardens to get some idea of the work ahead of me, and doing a bit (a large bit) of mowing.  The bunnies won’t be happy about that, although I’m sure they can still find plenty of clover to munch on.

I have also been hiding out in the man-cave, watching the World Cup coverage.  It’s a great way to spend the hot afternoons.

That’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this summery Saturday.  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you’re having a great weekend.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

 

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

20 thoughts on “What’s new on the ranch

  1. My best guess is that your growing season is currently about 2 months ahead of mine. The wild blueberries are just flowering (not ready until Aug), tomato plants in garden only about 2 weeks (1 ft high), roses just leafing out, and a few low to the ground wildflowers blooming … It is still Spring here (arrived a month late) was 38º last night with a high of 60º today … lots and lots of rain causing some flooding in the area. Things are very green, though .. waiting for summer to show up. (Mosquitoes at a record high number .. they thrive in the cool rainy weather)

    Love your beginning quote!

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    1. Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂 Northeast Ohio is about a month or so behind us. Strawberry season hasn’t yet begun there, but I noticed they’re picking strawberries a few hours south of there. But 38°!! Hard to believe your nights are still so cold this far into the month of June.

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  2. Oh my, who needs a photo with a vivid description like that. I’m sold, I want to visit tomorrow and see fire flies dancing in lightning streaks. Wonderful evocative writing…..oh and the photos are great too 🙂

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  3. Always such a delight to join you on your walks. Your blueberries (and likely other plants) are probably a few weeks ahead of ours. I’m noticing a slight blush of blue on our berries. Tomatoes take forever to turn red… probably because it doesn’t get warm enough.

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    1. Thank you, Gunta. 🙂 Although it gets plenty hot here, last year our tomatoes would not ripen. I ended up using them the way I would use tomatillos and made big batches of salsa verde that went well in stews, soups, and chili.

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  4. The magic you described from the evening sounds just wonderful. I’m sure it would have been extremely difficult to capture with a camera and then you might not have just sat and enjoyed it instead. Amazing what a difference few hundred miles to the south makes in a garden! Everything you described in your garden is so far ahead of up here. I’ve been “watching” the blueberries move up the coast in the grocery store: a couple weeks ago, they were from Georgia, last week it was North Carolina. New Jersey, I imagine will be soon, then our local ones in a couple more weeks. Had my first local strawberries of the season yesterday – such a treat! Your photos are warm and wonderful!

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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