The Gardening Gods Have Blessed Me With — Clouds!

Clouds. Think of the cooling shadows of summer which benevolent Nature spreads over her darling forests and gardens – summer shadows of wonderful depth and brilliancy like the wings of a mother bird over her young.

~ John Muir

Clouds! Yes there are finally clouds in the sky and judging from horizon there are many more are on the way.


Free! Free I say. I can finally step outside and breathe in the hot, fresh air of an early taste of summer. Let no more the confines of these four walls hold me captive.


Reprieve! My garden was given a reprieve from the scorching rays of the sun, granting my plants a fighting chance at surviving the elements in what can be a hard, cold world (hard, hot world in this case).


I will never again take for granted the luxury of a shadow stretching across the afternoon sky or the cool breeze that always seems to follow.

Thank you dear Gardening Gods, I am grateful for your gift, and as always — Simply Grateful.

New Garden Progress

The new garden addition is up and running.  It took a little bit of work to spread out the two yards of compost we had delivered,


transplant all but two of the tomato plants that were in pots, plant all the sweet potato slips,


and put up the fencing to keep out rabbits,


but it was well worth it.  Everything seems to have taken to the new compost and so far seems to be adjusting to the new area.

This garden will have full-sun from around 9:00 in the morning until 7:30 at night.  That’s about 4 1/2 hours more than the other gardens and 5 more than on the patio.  I’m anxious to see what it will produce.

There are just two large planters and two pots left in front of the patio.  I left these to see how they will fare through the summer.

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Another beautiful Michigan day, with temperatures near 80 and sun all day.  Great weather for the garden to prosper, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.