News from the Garden: Flowers and Veggies Abound!

News from the Garden: Flowers and Veggies Abound!

News from the Garden: Flowers and Veggies Abound!


Our gardens are starting to yield glorious results!

I realize this is not earth-shattering news for most, but, for me, it’s truly special.

It’s a little thing that I love.

Gardening takes a lot of work: amending the soil, planting, watering, and weeding. But when you finally begin seeing the fruits of your labor, you know that all of your hard work has been worth it.

For example, I’ve begun a flower-filled cutting garden in our backyard where the perennial flowers were planted specifically to be cut, guilt-free, and enjoyed in bouquets, like this one, indoors.




It’s been so wet this summer in northern Illinois that we haven’t had to water the lawn once, which is such a blessing! Bushes, trees, flowers, veggies, and, yes, weeds are growing taller and more plentiful every day.

Our deck flowers have grown to gargantuan proportions. So much so, that Jame calls it our outdoor funeral parlor.




And the daisies and coneflowers along the front walkway have to be trimmed back regularly to ensure that the path is actually passable.




Our vegetable gardens started out looking like this in early June.




And this . . .




But now, a month and a half and a bazillion and 4 gallons of rainwater later, they look like this.


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When I went out to the vegetable garden a few days ago, this was what was ready to be picked.




Not bad for so early in the growing season here up north, but really, nothing to write home about. Or to write a blog post about, for that matter.

Then I went out there yesterday and, BAM!




There were zucchini and cucumbers galore, as well as some yellow squash, jalapeños, poblanos, and more tomatoes.

Biting into the first garden fresh tomato is heaven. And this year I’ve noticed the cucumbers, for whatever reason, are so much more flavorful than in the past, making them delicious to eat fresh with just a sprinkle of salt, or marinated in a light oil and vinegar dressing with sliced onion and fresh dill.

And the zucchini? Well, all I can say is I’ve got to keep my eye on those suckers! One day they’re a few inches long, and a couple of days later . . . over a foot!

Hmm. I think I smell a batch of moist zucchini bread in our future.

And that makes me a very happy gardener, indeed!




Written by Becky


  • Sue says:

    Becky, your gardens are just glorious. Here in Door County, the only time we lock our cars is in zucchini season; otherwise, gardeners are known to fill the car with unwanted zucchini. Watch out for those mosquitoes and enjoy your yard.

    • Becky says:

      That’s a brilliant idea, Sue! And the best part is that folks from this area aren’t aware of the zucchini car-jacking deal yet. Finally I’ve found a place to stash all of the extras!

  • Mary Lou Sandvik says:

    Becky, your gardening interests, skills and talents MUST be from your Minnesota paternal grandfather! Remember the over abundance of veggies he harvested each year only to turn and give them to the widows around their home? And we always took lots home with us on our return trip to Illinois. I’m sooo glad you have his green thumb! Do you also have his immunity to mosquitoes? Remember Grandma coming in all bit up and he never got a bite? Good memories, what? Keep up the marvelous work! YLM

    • Becky says:

      I’m afraid I’m much more like Grandma where the mosquitos crave my blood. I don’t remember it, but was nice of Gramps to give his veggies to those in need.

  • Cyndi Smith says:

    Beautiful and delicious! What a satisfying season!!

  • Patty from MMC says:

    Everything looks so lush and beautiful! My two little potted tomato plants on my deck say hello!!!

    • Becky says:

      Haha! Hey, two little tomato plants are better than no tomato plants because fresh tomatoes are the bomb!

  • Lucia says:

    Becky, you have quite the green thumb! Your garden and deck look like they’re straight out of Better Homes & Gardens!

    • Becky says:

      Aw, thanks, Lucia! I don’t know about the weather in your area, but we’ve gotten so much rain this summer that it’s been rather easy to have plants and flowers spring up before our very eyes!

  • Lisa says:

    Becky, your gardens and deck are breathtaking! I can’t wait to see all the yummy things you’ll make with that incredible harvest of vegetables. I can only imagine the different kinds of birds and wildlife your sanctuary attracts.

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