Thursday, August 21, 2014

Letting August Bring Us On Home

All photos from our gardens, except the top photo and the last. {The last is from Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond - a landscaping feat in and of itself, overlooking the James River.} Sam and I also visited the Edgar Allan Poe Museum during that same day - and finally got to see its Enchanted Garden.

The top photo is Willow Spring - in Sugar Hollow.

We have hit that time of year when we are celebrating tomato and melon harvests, zinnias, cleomes, black-eyed susans and daisies. I have to say, this is the first time in a long time that I am sad to see summer go. A beach vacation to Chincoteague; camps for Willa that took her on adventures into the woods or taught her about the theater and dance; relaxed schedules; and chirpy, cool evenings in the garden with a whiskey sour in hand, are becoming memories and I am already wistful for them.

Once I shake it off, I can plan for garden plantings and the excitement of autumnal beginnings in the garden and outside of the garden. There are more hydrangeas to plant near our new outdoor room and hopefully the addition of an old-fashioned mock orange. Also,  in a mid-summer anticipation of fall, I got my bulb order in with Brent and Becky by mid-July - 'Angelique' tulips, 'Thalia' narcissus, alliums, a mix of Chionodoxa and 'Spring Beauty' scillas.

Presently loving:

Clafoutis, cantaloupe sorbet, juicing honeydew/green apple/ginger and mint, homemade boozy cherries for cocktails, swiss chard enchiladas and roasting tomatoes from the recipe in The Homemade Pantry.

Imogen Heap's 'Run-Time' video, Lana Del Rey's new album, Ultraviolence, and the band White Fence.

The miso caramels from Gearhart's Chocolates. I actually went to the dentist to set my sensitive teeth straight so I could eat more of these. Priorities!

1 comment:

Becky said...

I hate to see summer go!