well, here's a photo from june - back when i still felt competent and on top of things. and hopeful. i planted the whole back portion of the garden with white pumpkins - baby boo and lumina varieties, to be exact. i hoped that at least a few would take root and grow - and i looked forward to having some fabulous white pumpkins for fall - my favorite season!
reality hit me this morning. really hard. over the head. i went out to water my little plot and realized i should be picking beans. except that i can't really tell which plant is which now, and true to form, i quickly felt overwhelmed by the whole project. i think i overplanted. even though i did follow the recommendations from the book. i should have realized that those quidelines were for your average, normal person. when i get out there and the mosquitoes are whining and biting, i lose my perspective very quickly.
here's a shot of the backside of the garden - huge, lush vines and leaves growing down the little slope and onto the fence. this i can handle because for now all i have to do is water, train the vines a bit, and watch them grow.
so thrilled to see the tiny white pumpkins! i promise there will be more photos of these in months to come:)
and now on to another
mistake promising scene from the backyard. see this circle all staked out? and the dead grass? and the former tree in the foreground? well - let's just say this: don't ever believe it if someone assures you that round-up does not kill trees!!! that's all i'll say.
hard at work in early july, preparing the foundation for a fire pit. (i guess we can always break off small limbs and use them for kindling...) the
tree killer guy in charge of this is my dear husband and he has poured a lot of time and energy into this project - i'll give you that much. it's just that i can't seem to get over the fact that our very healthy and beautfiul and large tree is dead!!!
i love the worn look of these pavers and really we have not spent that much time out here
arguing about discussing the demise of that beautiful tree. after all, a new one will be that big in only 10-20 years. really.
and, unable to post without including a somewhat thrifty/vintage photo, i leave you with these wonderful little metal, lipped, sign pieces that i bought recently. and really - in a way - they do symbolize our summer in the backyard!