It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood

The air is fresh, and the sun has come out giving the world that special glow that only comes with a good scrubbing of a prolonged and gentle rain.   Even the grasses have revived and are rising to the occasion!

Don’t you love days like these?

Well, maybe the neighbors dogwood will take a bit longer… 😦

But don’t you just love that brand new tree house!  I makes me wish to be a child again, how about you?  😉

~ Herbs in the garden ~


Umbels of Bronze Fennel

The cooling blue of Borage

~ Vegetables ~


Asparagus refreshed by the rain arises to catch the sun and store it away deep down underground,  keeping it there in its roots for next spring.

This morning I see that the runner beans, having been stunted and scorched in the drought, now race to catch up.

~ Flowers ~


We approach the new gate leading into the goose yard, and beyond are the herb and vegetable gardens.  There stands Miss Becky, a weather tough form of Rudbeckia, who grew to a mammoth six feet tall!  (I suspect her roots grew equally deep into the earth to sustain her.)

Miss Becky!

Turning to go another direction I pass the blackberry vines and discover…

a surprise pair of naked ladies where there were none before!  I suspect they were kicked closer to the surface when Bob rototilled this section of the garden in early spring.   I await their grand opening.

~ The Geese ~


My little gaggle will be the first to tell you, that the newest grass shoots are the most tender and fine.  😉  Foreground L to R:  Little Dorrit, Miss Hissster, Polly, Background:  Georgie and Frellnick.

My how those boys have grown!

~ Till next time then! ~


Behind the barn with Lil’ Bit.

~ * ~

31 thoughts on “It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood

    • pixilated2 says:

      Yes it does, Margaret! 🙂 We are having a huge thunderstorm right now. The kind that makes it feel like it will shake the rafters right down on your head. :-O
      ~ L

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thank you, Victoria. I remember seeing it when I was very small in my friends, Grannie’s gardens. But I never saw it after that until we moved here and I began growing it myself. I still have to wait about another year before any of my plants will be established enough to eat any. Asparagus is a three year time investment! ~ L

    • pixilated2 says:

      You’re welcome Nancy! Hopefully with time it will become more organized and less weedy, but in the meantime I do love the little bits that feed us and bloom so gracefully. ~ L

  1. littlesundog says:

    I have never heard of borage… I had to Google it!! Lovely photos, and of course the geese are my favorites!! I think I could watch them every day… they’re so funny!

    • pixilated2 says:

      Lori, Borage is a queen in the herb garden! It has medicinal and edible uses. But my favorite is just the color of the flowers. In ‘olden’ times they used to sugar the flowers and use them to decorate cakes! Doesn’t that sound lovely? And yes, those geese are way too funny and I DO watch them every day, even if only through my window some days. 😉
      ~ L

  2. Animalcouriers says:

    Well, at least the lens can give you that view. Just checking the pictures again and can’t believe those boys are that size already. Don’t suppose the Mommas are eating all their food now…! A

    • pixilated2 says:

      They really haven’t got it that they are as big and powerful as the Mommas… yet. But a certain Georgie challenged Miss Hisster, and both were seen

      Dancing Pinching cheek to cheek” on the lawn last week, whilst a flurry of tiny cheek feathers flew.

      I am certain that Miss Hisster had no idea what hit her! 😉

  3. shoreacres says:

    Forget the kids. I’m moving into that treehouse myself!

    My favorites when I was a kid were the asparagus once it went all ferny-like, and the rhubarb. I wasn’t so fond of the way either one tasted, but the rhubarb leaves made great fans or hats, and the asparagus just was pretty.

    I’m amazed to see the two young geese so big! I know they grow fast, and I suppose more time has passed than I realize, but they do look wonderful.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Linda, You have caused me to consider planting more asparagus in with the flowers! I never had rhubarb to play with as a child, because any rhubarb I knew about was in someone’s Granny’s garden. I was also once warned by a granny that I should never ever touch the stuff because it was poisonous before it was cooked, and I believed her!

      Geese grow like Kudzu! So yes, some time has passed, but they pretty much put on their full height in about 6 weeks. Now they are filling out and will grow a lot slower. They will be about the size of Hisster when they stop. 😀 ~ L
      PS: I am trying to convince Bob that we need one of those for US, but he is less than enthused. And to think that is how we first met as children! Where’s his sense of nostalgia?

  4. Promenade Claire says:

    Gorgeous photos, so much to see and admire! I particularly loved the last shot of puss cat watching the world go by. But the flowers and herbs are really putting on some growth now, and that cool blue of boarge, just so refreshing to see. (I have it self seeding in my veggie patch too )

    • pixilated2 says:

      Claire, This is actually the first year I have had success with growing Borage here. It used to escape the garden regularly in California, but here if I got it to come up at all it died before it reached 8 in. high. I do hope it reseeds itself for next year! 🙂
      ~ L

  5. pattisj says:

    The geese are looking good! A pair of naked ladies? Those are pretty even now, but I have no idea what they are. Please share when they blossom!

    • pixilated2 says:

      Oh dear, the Naked Ladies bloomed and then the rain came and ruined their lovely frocks! Sorry. I will look and see if I can find you a picture from somewhere else in my garden.

    • pixilated2 says:

      It is an amazing Rudbeckia isn’t it? I was actually quite surprised at its size. We are all used to the smaller garden bed varieties but apparently the average size for these is very tall! There is another picture with some detail about this particular “Herbstonne” black-eyed susan (which is actually GREEN eyed lol) here:

      As for feeding, it gets lots of composted garden and chicken waste, some sun and rain from God and little else! 😉
      So glad you came by today! ~ L

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