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fff ~ daily joy

Hi there and welcome to Friday’s Fave Five! We’re counting blessings with Susanne and the Fivers at Living To Tell The Story.

1. Waking just before dawn to a moonlit morning

waning crescent moon. Sometimes called the old moon.

2. Blooming gladiolas ~ a dear friend shared some gladiola bulbs with me.

I planted them in the garden for cut flowers.

But, there is only one little row of them

and they are so pretty among the tomatoes and pumpkins,

I can’t bear to cut them.

3. Bouquets ~  I don’t have such scruples about my lavatera though.

They’re my best cut flowers in the garden right now.

They make a sweet little bouquet for the kitchen table.

Last spring, I planted random packs of flowers seeds in the vegetable garden with a vague notion of a “cutting garden”.

I’ve reaped a lot of joy from these flowers – for very little effort – but they probably weren’t the best choice for cutting flowers. Next year I plan to be quite intentional with my selection. I’ll be spending some time researching sites like PEI’s Veseys Seeds.  A lovely winter-time activity to look forward to!

4. There’s something quite magical about heading out to the garden every afternoon to “dig your supper“.

Potatoes – red and white varieties, carrots, onions and beets (tucked underneath)

Add some lettuce

and a tomato,

with some meat on the barbeque, and supper is ready!

It’s so satisfying to eat from your own garden. Summer’s labour paid off!

Elsa Beskow

5. And still on the garden theme – here’s how I’ll be spending the rest of this sunny Friday

Cutting up cukes and onions for Nannie’s famous mustard pickles.

Want a closer look?

Yes, that’s 50 pounds of cucumbers! I bought them by mistake. Usually someone just drops a few bags off because there’s a cucumber glut, but the cukes didn’t do so well this year. So, I had to buy. But not 50 pounds!

I don’t know what I was thinking! They were inexpensive – only $6. So the price didn’t tip me off. And the sales clerk carried them for me. So I didn’t notice how heavy they were.  And I was in a rush.

Oh well . . .

Lots of pickles for the family this year!

I better get at them! Thanks so much for dropping in for a Friday visit.

Happy weekend!

with love,

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14 thoughts on “fff ~ daily joy

  1. Bountiful beauties all around, Kathie. Well, cukes may not have done well for you, but they did for someone else!! Don't think I've ever seen 50lbs of them. Those lavateras are quite the show stopper. Gorgeous colors.

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  2. You up and out taking pictures before dawn? You and my hubby would get along great. He's an early dawn enjoyer too. Not me, I'm still snuggled in bed. Your pictures are gorgeous though.Your flowers are so colorful. Love the lavatera. I call them Nagymama's flowers because my grandma grew tons of them and we brought back seeds from Hungary from her to plant in our garden. So pretty!

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  3. Sandy says:

    What beautiful flowers and garden crops…I can't do a garden due to healthissues, but this post brought me back to my grandma's garden when I wasa child. In the summer I used to go to her house to stay for a while and I loved helping her cut flowers for the dining room table and getting food outof the garden for dinner meals….Thanks for the memory you gave me withyour post.Love from NC

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  4. mary says:

    Hi there, you have such lovely flowers. I'm interested in your lavatera. Is it a perrenial or annual? I've read info that lavatera can be both. I bought a plant one year and it came back the next year, then I never saw it again. Dairymary

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  5. Kathie, I had to smile at your garden digging. We could just swap veggies and be exactly at the same place to make dinner. Did you check MGCC today? I posted a supper making those yummy veggies. Your moon photo is so beautiful. I need some lessons from you.

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  6. oh what a beautiful bounty of flowers and veggies you have. Someday I would love a veggie garden but…just no time or room right now here in the suburbs. Maybe if we ever sell and move out of the area to the country/mountains after our children have emptied the nest ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Ahh, I'm glad I'm not the only one with a sad cuke crop. I know I didn't water enough, and I imagine they hated that!Have fun pickling! That's a lot of cucumbers crammed into that bag!:)

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  8. oh what a beautiful bounty of flowers and veggies you have. Someday I would love a veggie garden but…just no time or room right now here in the suburbs. Maybe if we ever sell and move out of the area to the country/mountains after our children have emptied the nest ๐Ÿ™‚

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