What a climate. Working in long sleeves and a vest one day, sweating in a tank top the next. After days and days of no sunshine, we were blessed today with lots of it. The temp must have gone over 80 in the garden. (Hey, all you southerners, stop laughing. That's HOT for northern Minnesota!)
Remember when I was fretting about my volunteer California Poppies being too crowded in their raised bed?
I should have had no fear. But, duh, when I think about it, if they are a perennial that reseeds itself each year, of course they're not going to be too crowded to bloom. (You'd think I laid around all day conjuring up dumb things to worry about.)
I had a bare spot on one side of my rhubarb plant that I wanted to fill so I transplanted some of the poppies early in the season. Kind of curious that it's plain to see transplanting set them back a bit. And the couple of blooms this batch does have are quite yellow in color compared to the bright (almost glow-in-the-dark) orange of the original bed.
So what are we doing this summer for fun and recreation?
Doing some major remodeling of our house. Today we got the final nailing of the sheathing done, the window hole cut, and some insulation inside of what will be my new pantry. It's an 8' x 16' add-on that will come off the new kitchen and I am so excited! I've always wanted a real, honest-to-goodness walk-in pantry and now I'm getting it.
I have such fond memories of the pantry room off the back of my grandma's old-fashioned kitchen. It was a long, narrow room with counter-high cabinets on either side, shelves above going up to the high ceiling and a tall, narrow window at the opposite end that looked out on my grandpa's garden and tool shed. My pantry is going to be so handy! I can hardly keep from doing a little happy dance every time I think about it.
The train to Looneyville is picking up speed.
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