Okay, school has been out for a month, running and CYIA camps are over for the 3 youngest, and Kirsten's softball season is over except for the final tournament games Thursday and Friday. The days of summer now revolve around XC practices, thinking of chores for the kids to do, and trying to get into some of the larger projects on my to-do list.
One area of progress I'm enjoying every day is my back yard and garden. Gary installed the shade sails I ordered last summer and boy, do they make a difference! I like the fact that they're not permanent so we can take them down after summer, and there are no roots to deal with in the back garden. I love my trees in the front yard but it gets so frustrating to cut through maple tree roots to plant anything around the front of my house. Yes, I did make a raised bed, and the roots still invade. So shade sails are a nice solution for the back.
This corner is the last part of the garden to be planted. I know the chairs look pretty dumb, but they're protecting new roses from too much sun. By the end of this week there will be a few more chairs in the garden as I have a few more roses to plant. It'll feel weird to not order many roses next year!
This summer has been very mild, and windier than we've had for several years. No heat stress on the garden - but there's plenty more summer to come.
Loving the color of The Impressionist, below. It starts out all orangey, then fades to a beautiful pink as it opens.
It's amazing to look back at some of the old pictures of the back yard and compare to what we have now - soooo different!!
Next up, going through the garage and basement, purging junk - and taking breaks in the garden.