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Protected: Progress June 25, 2014

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Protected: Bits and pieces in the evening June 25, 2014

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Swing set!! June 22, 2014

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Natasha was here to babysit, and so while Kevin installed one of the new quiet fish tank pumps (and discovered that the old one was nearly clogged with a turbo snail shell and assorted algae and gunk), I worked on unpacking the swing set boxes. They arrived quite damaged, but the injuries inside are superficial. We’re missing a few hardware parts, but the wood is all here and basically fine.

Two and a half hours later I finally had everything organized. Each piece of wood is stamped with a letter/number pair, and I arranged them in piles according to that.

The further-out view with the parts for the slide, bouncy tunnel, swings, etc.

Hundreds (thousands?) of pieces of hardware – yikes:

We will be drilling for WEEKS. I finished the ladder after nap – a very, very small victory. But man is there ever a lot to go. On the plus side, it all looks excellent. I can’t wait to see it all assembled.

In the garden June 22, 2014

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Here are oodles of garden pictures after the run to Molbaks yesterday. I managed to come home with 30-odd plants, but they’re all planted, watered, and lovely.

Here are the front planters. The plants in the red solo cups are Sun Gold tomatoes from our neighbor up the street David — he set up a green house this spring and had extras. A great gift, I need to get them in soil.

Meanwhile, the beans, peas and carrots are doing well. I companion-planted two pretty pink petunias. I’d planted a second row of peas and beans about two weeks ago now when the first didn’t seem to take, and those all seem really happy now, but the different planting dates explains the different heights. The carrots are still tiny but they’re producing more leaves steadily.

I MUST get trellises in soon. The peas are picking up spare pieces of dirt as they try to climb.

The scarlet runner beans and squash are looking hopeful. (Even some squash blossoms! For all of the stories of people being crushed by zucchini, I’ve never had luck, there’s always some marauding squirrel who nibbles up all of the blossoms.)

Our beets and scallions box is a thing of glory — golden beets in back, red in the middle, scallions (a huge favorite with the kids, and us) in front. The leeks and chives haven’t really taken off yet. Maybe they will later?

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The side yard is just lovely right now. Roses like mad, lavender blooming, Crocosmia and Black-eyed Susans on the verge of budding, and everything else is green, growing, and lovely.

I planted a whole set of zinnias (Profusion Fire and Scarlet Magellan), plus some lovely lemon-scented marigolds, and pineapple sage and tangerine sage. So now we’re living in color. My seedlings are still growing but so slowly I wasn’t sure they would ever flower.

Lovely, on the verge of lovelier.

The sage x2, lavender, and thyme x2 border is starting to really look great and filled out. I think I’ll need to cut it back soon if I don’t want things to sprawl. I should have oregano in here too — it’s growing in pots, I’m up to three leaf sets. It needs to get bigger before it’s big enough to hold its own. One year makes a huge difference.

Love that the yellow rose is quietly, beautifully blooming.

I’d bought these pots meaning them to go in the side yard, but they were too hot there and the plants fried. On top of the table is so much better. The cilantro looks delighted, and the dill is trying its best. I bought a $2 bunch of dill at the farmers market three weeks ago, and it still had roots. I used about half of it, and rather than composting the rest of it, I decided to try to plant it. It’s not 100% happy, but it’s alive and trying, and I think that’s awesome.

New planter arrangements — the first time I think I’ve ever gone all pink. This photo didn’t pink up the salmon/orange centers in the tall flowers — they do tie the other two together well. :-)

Protected: Saturday June 21, 2014

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Protected: Sod! June 19, 2014

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Protected: Puzzle!! June 19, 2014

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Protected: Chefs June 16, 2014

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