How is it the first of August already? I know for many, COVID has made time crawl by, but I swear March was just last week.
I guess it’s because the virus really hasn’t changed a whole lot for me. I’m not overly social, and I already work from home. It’s made shopping a bit of a chore (I used to enjoy it, but not any more), but other than that, it really hasn’t altered my life. I count myself VERY lucky!
But, time is indeed marching on… I know it because the Black-Eyed Susans have started to bloom.
While they will still bloom for a couple months yet, to me they are always as sign that we are on the downside of summer.
The coneflowers are still going strong
As are the butterflies that visit them
Tickseed, Bee Balm and Liatris are all in bloom.
We’ve also had our first harvest of sweet banana peppers and yellow beans. (And there’s lots more of both to come.) The pepper was cut up and put on homemade pizza, and the beans were boiled up and served with bbq chicken and corn-on-the-cob (I love summer eating!)
And I’ve made some small enhancements to the yard. Our local Dollarama didn’t have much left of summer yard stuff (can you believe they are stocking the aisles for Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en already!?!), but they had just four of these cute little solar lanterns left.
Four was the perfect number to grace each of the posts in my back fence. (Two for each side.) They don’t cast a tonne of light, but they look nice when the sun goes down.
I found this slightly different style to hang on the empty post out back (the post originally held Winston and his hanging basket, but he’s now on my Welcome stand).
For out front I grabbed the last four of these neat torch style
I assumed they be blue/white LEDs like the others…. so imagine my surprise when I went out that night and saw this.
Orange! And what you can’t tell from the picture is that they flicker!!!! Just like real torches. Now I wish I could get more!
And last – I upgraded the hooks for my hanging baskets out back
The plain style I had has been replaced by this pretty curlycue. (I have one on each side). As you can see, my Nasturiums are happy.
Mr. Cardinal approves too!