Waiting for the sun

Who says plants aren't intelligent - these all seem to know which fence the sun is going to pop over.

Who says plants aren’t intelligent – these all seem to know which fence the sun is going to pop over.

 

When we start to get the triple digits, I like to get to work early, swim and nap during the mid day, and then work in the garden after skeeto time. It’s not hard to get up early – at 5 am, the sun peeks over my neighbor’s roof and into my bedroom window, just this teeny tiny ray.  Zap!  

Good morning starshine, the world says HELLO! You twinkle above us, we twinkle below...thanks forever Rado, Ragni and MacDermot

Good morning star shine, the world says HELLO! You twinkle above us, we twinkle below…thanks forever Rado, Ragni and MacDermot

By the time I get a cup of coffee and shoes on the right feet, the garden is lit up like a party started without me. They all look so happy.

 

Hey Fella. you smilin' at me?

Hey Fella. you smilin’ at me?

We've hung old Christmas tinsel in the fruit trees to keep our happy blue jays from stealing all our fruit. Worked last year, we'll see what happens.

We’ve hung old Christmas tinsel in the fruit trees to keep our happy blue jays from stealing all our fruit. Worked last year, we’ll see what happens.

We love our blue jays, but you know how they get – one morning we went out to find they’d stripped our little cherry tree overnight! Not one left!  So we wised up right away and went about hanging shiny stuff in the apple and peach trees, a trick we’ve always heard about. It seemed to work last year. We got a bumper crop of apples this year, and nice peaches. We went to the trouble of making the molasses gunk and hanging the old soda bottles, that seemed to work to keep the fruit flies off, so it’s worth trying some other “home remedies.”

Running back and forth between the garden and the house, checking the hoses and timers, playing ball with the dogs, going back in the kitchen  to make a  smoothie, watering the strawberry pots, running back in the house to get the laundry, check the orchard sprinklers – by 7am, my husband and I are in the Intex pool with another cup of coffee.  

Gold Doubloons!

Gold Doubloons!

By 9 am we have to abandon the yard. Today we went in with some nice yellow cherries for salad. My husband bbq’d a bunch of boneless chicken last night, so we got easy dinner tonight.  

Summer hasn’t started, but I’m getting a groove on it. 

 

 

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