Late July 2014

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin

"Titan" Sunflower

“Titan” Sunflower

Mexican Sunflower

Mexican Sunflower

Clockwise from left: hibiscus, corn, yellow strawberry and purslane

Clockwise from left: hibiscus, corn, yellow strawberry and purslane

If canning is "fun" I wonder why all these jars have never been used?! hahaha

If canning is “fun” I wonder why all these jars have never been used?! hahaha

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

Garden Living Room

Garden Living Room

Marigolds, eucalyptus, hibiscus

Marigolds, eucalyptus, hibiscus

Blackberry Bush is getting very tall (on trellis on right side of picture)

Blackberry Bush is getting very tall (on trellis on right side of picture)

Rouge de Vif D'Etampes pumpkins, Lemon cucumbers and Delikatesse cucumbers on this trellis (and amaranth on the right)

Rouge de Vif D’Etampes pumpkins, Lemon cucumbers and Delikatesse cucumbers on this trellis (and amaranth on the right)

Hartman's Giant Amaranth

Hartman’s Giant Amaranth

Amaranth is a grain you can cook like quinoa. I love the magenta seed heads and stalks. The grain (little shiny black seeds) grow in the fluffy pink tops of these awesome plants. I planted this variety from Baker Creek seeds several years ago and it re-seeds itself every year. Amaranth is one of my favorite plants in the garden.

Little Collection of Bones

Little Collection of Bones

The Spy found all these bones (and many more!) in the woods at forest-school summer camp. Friday was his last day at camp.

Gift from school

Gift from school

It was a fun June and July at summer camp!

It was a fun June and July at summer camp!

The Spy is off to other adventures, but Baby’s new school year at forest-school begins Monday!

Baby's Classroom

Baby’s Classroom

Baby's Clay Sculpture (with the artist's explanation haha)

Baby’s Clay Sculpture (with the artist’s explanation haha)

View from windows in Baby's classroom

View from windows in Baby’s classroom

See the cave? And at the top of the hill is Squirrely Garden.

More sights...

More sights…

from...

from around…

forest school

forest school.

Maze by the Spy

Maze by the Spy

Purple Skies

Purple Skies

Shallow End

Shallow End

Deep End

Deep End

7 thoughts on “Late July 2014

  1. narf77

    Yeah, “canning is FUN” Ms Spy…get into it! ;). Hope that white tailed deer was on the correct side of the fence! Love The Spy…just ducking in home in between visits to drop off the precious stuff…baby has that lazy thing down to a fine art, she can even explain her way out of it with complex reasoning and logic…good luck trying to win a battle with her in the future ma’am! ;). OOOH! Just remembered something that you all might like to have a go at. Even The Spy is going to want to do this as the end results make all of the effort completely worthwhile and it is an amazing reminder that simple ingredients can sometimes make the most beautiful things…mud balls!

    http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Hikaru-Dorodango,-or-Shining-Ball-of-Mud

    http://www.aipt.org/jasc/Lesson%20Plans/Society%20&%20Culture/Teena.Create%20Hikaru%20Dorodango%20_polished%20mud%20balls_.pdf

    Is it just me or does that look like a small shark under baby! EEK!

    Reply
    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Canning is clearly not “fun” as these jars with lids have been in my neighbor’s mom’s barn for years (30?) haha I have made some basil jelly last year and pickles but never done huge batches. We have tomatoes by the dozens here now so I should probably be making some Spy Garden Ketchup. Thanks so much for the beautiful Hikaru Dorodango: I am printing the tutorial right now. Awesome!

      Reply
      1. narf77

        Wouldn’t it be an amazing thing to share with the children at Baby’s school or Sunday school? Worthless mud turned into something precious…there has to be a lesson there somewhere ;)

  2. Eliza Waters

    Isn’t it amazing how much everything grows in such a short time? Like that pumpkin! I grew Love-lies-bleeding Amaranth this year and the tassels are just starting – can’t wait for the long ‘dreadlocks!’ Great in arrangements. :-)

    Reply
    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Yes, things are growing fast! Amaranth is my favorite. I’ve grown the love-lies-bleeding before; I’d like to try some new varieties next year.

      Reply

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