Late Summer Miscellany

Nice find! (Aren't we like the snake-whisperers!?)

Nice find! (Aren’t we like the snake-whisperers!?) She found this in our backyard.

Always fun to have an abstract painting sesh with Baby

Always fun to have an abstract painting sesh with Baby

Echinacea (a volunteer!)

Echinacea (a volunteer!)

Just a weed but a cool looking one.

Just a weed but a cool looking one.

I am counting all the positive things about the rampant weeds in the garden. Its good for soil to be fallow for a season (or two? :), I get to see the huge variety of what grows naturally around here…wildflowers…There are many euphamisms for “neglected” or “overgrown”…and many benefits of an unkempt garden…

Wild, free

Wild, free

Prairie

Prairie grasses

And since the grass is mowed, we have our very own private paths through the prairie!

And since the grass is mowed, we have our very own private paths through the prairie!

Wildflower

Wildflower

Lots of pollinators in the garden

Lots of pollinators in the garden

And from this angle you'd never even really know its mostly weeds!

And from this angle you’d never even really know its mostly weeds!

Celosia (a volunteer)

Celosia (a volunteer)

Chopped! Cut off A LOT of my hair; though it is still pretty long (past my shoulders); but I got bangs too; so nice to have a change! I'll eventually post a picture.

Chopped! Cut off A LOT of my hair; though it is still pretty long (past my shoulders); but I got bangs too; so nice to have a major change! I’ll eventually post a picture). I will probably donate it when I get around to it.

And check out the upgrades to the tree house!

And check out the upgrades to the tree house!

You know you want to climb up there, right?!

You know you want to climb up there, right?! So fun!

Dexie down below

Dexie down below

View facing west

View facing west

I love this part of our yard

I love this part of our yard; that little grassy berm is the perfect shady spot!

There is tons of sumac in the neighbors' yard; I really want to start using this more in cooking

There is tons of sumac in the neighbors’ yard; I really want to start using this more in cooking

Tastes lemony and a little like turmeric

Tastes lemony and a little like turmeric

In other yummy things…

Heirloom eggplant pizza

Heirloom eggplant pizza

Also, not pictured but made the easiest, tastiest thing recently; pumpkin chickpea curry; basically a can of pureed pumpkin, a rinsed can of chickpeas, a pile of leftover roasted veggies (eggplant, onions, peppers, carrots), a glug of tomato sauce and a big pile of spices (turmeric, curry powder, ginger, salt, paprika, chili power, red chili flakes). Zest of a lime and the juice plus some lime basil from the garden. SO good, it was a big hit. (and seriously so easy!)

Cool blue lichen (or something) in the woods

Cool blue lichen (or something) in the woods

Hope you all have a nice weekend and are enjoying the last of summer!

4 thoughts on “Late Summer Miscellany

  1. Eliza Waters

    Love the leg pose in photo #1! ;) That’s one long snake. Your weeds look neatly corralled :) and wow, that’s a lot of hair – it must have been heavy. Your head must feel quite buoyant!
    Does the Spy sleep out in the tree house? Probably needs a mosquito net.
    Can’t believe how quickly the summer is flying by!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Hahah I know her posing is hilarious. I would love to get an action shot of a snake shedding! Yes, the hair was heavy and I do feel buoyant. The Spy has never slept out there before; and would definitely need a mosquito net to do so!

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