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August 2016 | jennifer@6ftmama.com

August is a second spring and girl you know it's true. Sorry - I've been mashing thoughts and lyrics together all day.

In the garden, most of the herbs are bolting. Speaking of bolting, I'm just a little over a month away from having the four kids head back to school. They know it's almost time for it, too.

We're at peak laissez-faire mode at our house. Any semblance of a bedtime has been completely shot to hell. There's laundry in piles of clean and dirty and they're getting mixed up and rewashed regularly. We run out of dog food and we resort to a peanut butter sandwich because it's summer for Sonny, too.

Yes, it's every person for themselves around here after suppertime.

Start a movie at 9pm?

Make cookies right after the kitchen just got cleaned up?

Snag a bowl of ice cream right before bed?

Sure, why not?

Schools almost here. We're milking every minute of these summer nights.  There's plenty of time for schedules and sleep during the school year, right?

Here's my little shutterbug. I'm so glad she's taken up photography this year. That camera was a Christmas present and it's been the best gift for my teen girl.

My Little Shutterbug August 2016 6ftmama blog

Right before writing this post, I broke every photography rule in the book and ran out mid-day to get some quick pics for ya'll in the blazing August sun.

Here's what I wanted to show you - totally unfiltered btw - and what I want to remind myself of later in the year.  When there's two feet of snow outside and my garden brain is deep in hibernation,  I truly can't remember what my garden looked like in August. Seasonal garden amnesia a sad fact of life.

So, future self - look at the lettuce bolting out of the container in western garden. It's a spiller, filler, thriller all in one now.

Bolting lettuce August 2016 6ftmama blog
And, check out the Hugh Jackman Clemetis. That is a much better name, isn't it? Delicious.

Still sending out blooms late in the summer.

Jackmani still blooming in August 2016 6ftmama blog

Hey and don't forget Ms. Winter Jennifer - how glorious the Red Deer Tongue lettuce looks when it has gone to seed.

I am saving these seeds for next year. So use them. Don't abuse them. Keep them in a dry, cool spot. Don't forget them on the porch.

I loved this lettuce - it was one of my favorite new-to-me edibles this year.

Red Deer Tongue lettuce from Renee's Garden gone to seed August 2016 6ftmama blog

Oh, thyme. Always marching on.

A little thyme haiku:

Take time out for thyme:

Creeping but not that creepy -

tromped upon daily.

Oh Thyme 6ftmama blog

I'm so glad I bought Spearmint this Spring.

(Note to future snow-bound self - do that again!)

I've propagated it into many clay pots around the garden. This guy is back by the grill - ready to garnish that ice cold drink while the chops are sizzling.

I love the little mini chalkboards I found at Goodwill. I knew they would make for sweet plant labels. Super cute.

Spearmint in clay pots mini chalkboard labels August 2016 6ftmama blogI

For good measure, I took a few more shots from the South garden before heading back in the house.

I call this photo of basil,  "It's pesto time somewhere". I know that's what we'll be doing this week. We're making batches of pesto until the parmesan runs out.

Its still pesto time somewhere August 2016 6ftmama blog

The grapes are beautiful over the arbor right at this very moment. They are almost iridescent in the August sunlight. We don't do a thing with them. I leave them for the birds.

She saw the arbor grapes August 2016 6ftmama blog

Ice Cream Cone flowers anyone?

Coneflowers anyone August 2016 6ftmama blog

Here's a little something that folks loved on the garden tour.

I bought this clay container and the stacked books (sold individually) at Tonkadale a few years ago.

And to add a little intrigue - enough to drive folks plum crazy - the red succulent is fake... hehe.Mysteries are best read in a garden August 2016 6ftmama blog

A phlox by any other name would not be this phlox.

No idea what it's called. Don't know. Don't care.

A phlox by any other name would not be this phlox August 2016 6ftmama

Look at my little girl - I mean my 15 year old.

She's playing the part of Mr. Mayor in Seussical summer theater. She's an alto. Nothing better than learning your lines in a hammock. Really, there's nothing better than learning/reading/writing anything while in a hammock.

And, she just got hired for her first real job today.

It's a milestone for sure.

They're so lucky. She's very service-oriented and she's smart. She's going to look so cute in her uniform.

Summer girl 15 years old first job today August 2016 6ftmama blog

I adore that we converted our swing set into a hammock set.

We can sit in the hammock chairs and rock ourselves by pulling on the black ropes.

A totally back-to-the-womb experience...

Hammock Swings on the swingset August 2016 6ftmama blog

Here's the dill doing it's thing in August.

I always let my dill bolt - I so love the flowers. They are so much like the globe alliums, aren't they?  Bonus - the dill scent.

Dill doing its thing August 2016 6ftmama blog

Mint tails anyone?

They are so soft and they are sooooo fragrant.

This is a mojito mint.

I slip a few of these in the car for air freshener. It works!

Mint Tails anyone August 2016 6ftmama blog

The roses are blooming! The roses are blooming!

Second flush baby!

I still haven't recovered from the first one.

I haven't even pruned these guys yet this year.

Second flush I still havent recovered from the first one August 2016 6ftmama blog

These guys are rampant in my garden.

I wish I'd written down the name when Heidi Heiland visited. I must remember to ask her next time I'm at GrowHaus.

I call this pic "Let me show you how it's done..."

Let me show you how its done August 2016 6ftmama blog

Sadly, the bloom is off the hosta.

Time to snip the stalks.

Time to snip the scraggly leaves.

Fall cleanup is easier when these things get taken care of all year long.

The bloom is off the hosta... but the sedum show starts in 15 minutes August 2016 6ftmama blog

It's that Asteraceae time of year.

These happy sunflower days...

The grapes are beautiful over the arbor right at this very moment.

Well, that's the View From Up Here for August 2016.

 

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