It has been a strange summer, so far. We have had such a late start, my fingers are crossed we will get squashes and tomatoes.   All of my flowers are doing really well.  This Lavender was planted 2 years ago, it is now the biggest yet.  So many other flowers from the raised perennial beds have self seeded elsewhere through out the gardens:

It is hard to tell from this picture, but here there are Snapdragons and Rhudebekia in the 2nd raised veggie bed.  They blew over from the other side of the garden and are thriving.  If you click on the picture you will get a better view.   Actually, there is Rhudebekia growing all over the place, when it is in bloom, any day now, I will take more pictures.  What a hardy flower!  Also all over the gardens is the lovely Campenella:

Campenella is another hardy flower, self seeds like crazy, is deer and drought tolerant, plus it brings such a vivid fuchsia color to any garden.

Then we also went to our local farmers market - I could not believe the size of the green onions.  Seriously!  I had to measure them, are you ready for this? 43 inches long!  That is humongous!

So with the lovely yellow and green zucchini, sugar snap peas, green onions, and some fresh basil - I am thinking of a very yummy fresh stir fry tonight!

Ina Gawne

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July 11, 2010