How about a brief, 50mm garden tour?

Pollinator Garden

Yes, my little bug bath is crooked—the lampstand from which I built it is a bit wobblier than expected!

I’d something else planned, but who does not like a garden tour, even one vicariously taken? This post will also semi-explain last Friday’s semi-defection (I didn’t realize it was also the 13th until evening, and then, really, everything made sense). After working very hard in the garden beds Saturday, I headed out with my nifty fifty for some photographs. I was, it must be confessed, simply too tired (lazy?) to head back indoors for a wider-angle lens, for which I half-apologize, but I think the photographs turned out nicely regardless.

Garden Tour: "Pesto Perpetuo" Basil

“Pesto Perpetuo” Basil—the spear-shaped leaves are so lovely.

As you know, I do love gardening, and this includes veggie & fruit gardening so we have additional healthy food to eat and put up for ourselves and others. Of course, this means working alongside nature, and nature is not always very nice. In this case, a few weeks after planting the heirloom seedlings I’ve been raising since seedhood, I wandered out to give everyone a drink only to learn that during the dark of night, something had slithered through the beds and eaten the top right off every single seedling!

*sigh* No doubt fellow gardeners can understand my upset. Hubby took it a little better, saying we’d head to our local nursery to pick up replacements (it’s too late to re-start most of the lost plants from seed), and that’s exactly what we did!

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Monday Escape: Quick! To the garden!

Jefferson's Vegetable Garden. Photo copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images; all rights reserved. Pinning to this page is okay.

Today I’m (finally) getting my seeds started, which understandably puts me in mind of gardens and their bounty; thus I’ve some garden photos for you to enjoy. Above is, of course, the garden of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Now that I’ve a nice wide-angle lens, it seems to me I must get back to photograph Jefferson’s home and gardens again. Darn!

"White on Blue" garden photo copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images; all rights reserved. Pinning to this page is okay.

"Nestled" peace rose photo copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images; all rights reserved. Pinning to this page is okay.

My much-missed “Peace” rose at our former home. None of the nurseries here carry nice-enough-to-buy specimens. Alas!

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