Tuesday, August 24, 2021

This N That on Tuesday

I took more pictures of flowers, not much sewing happening here this week.

I was in Wakarusa last Wednesday so I took a couple pictures of the quilt garden.

Here is a close up, the colors are so vibrant! The begonias I plant in a flowerbed never look this good!

I don't know if the flowers look much different from the July pictures but they certainly have changed since June!

The phlox are blooming well these hot humid summer days.

The blackberries are finally ripening! I pick them in flat pans then place them on a tray in the freezer. After they're frozen, they're bagged in gallon freezer bags for winter.

Blackberries are not the same as black raspberries, they're much bigger. I have the seedless variety. Here is a berry with my thimble for comparison, the thimble is 1" tall.

I always think this bench at the quilt garden looks so inviting. There are about 10 large flowers pots around the outside of the garden.
Our neighbors to the east have a greenhouse/vegetable stand. I asked what they would recommend for the east side of the house.  I wanted a hanging basket that could handle direct early morning sun but is in the shade once the sun is higher in the sky. They recommended this begonia. They're a beautiful orangey/red color. Just brilliant.

A close up of the flowers. I think they very pretty!

Surprisingly the Japanese beetles are leaving my roses alone! They're never this nice in August.

The purple coneflowers have faded but the black eyed Susans are still going strong!

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Ray and Jeanne said...

Gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. Your blackberries are huge and look delicious. ~Jeanne

Rebecca Grace said...

What beautiful flowers -- and I love the idea of an ever-changing quilt garden! That hanging begonia looks lovely and so do your roses and black eyed Susans. Doesn't it make you want to recreate all of it in your applique so you can hold onto the flowers forever? :-)

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

My husband "inherited" his grandparents' blackberry bushes many years ago--taste great but they are the seeded [wild?] kind. They've actually been floundering lately so I'm hoping I can talk him into replacing them with the seedless. Have you ever made Martha Stewart's Lemon Berry Pudding Cakes? Lemon sponge on top of a blackberry pudding underneath! My whole family LOVES them so I make the blackberry part up and freeze it so it's available year-round! (We top with real whipping cream tho.). Recipe here: https://www.marthastewart.com/356080/lemon-berry-pudding-cakes

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Isn't it wonderful how the flowers put on a show for us. I share phlox, coneflowers and black eyed Susans with you. My grandmother used to make a boiled pudding using blackberries. How I wish I'd paid more attention to the recipe!

Sherrie said...

Beautiful flowers...love them all. Have a great day!

Linda said...

I'm looking hungrily at your flower and berry photos because we are just starting landscaping for this place. I can't wait to have established beds. Your begonia is gorgeous - looks like an angel wing? The blackberries look so, so good!

grammajudyb said...

Your flowers and berries made my day! Thank you,

Created by Kathi said...

Nice view of the quilt garden this month and your home too... we bought a begonia and love it.... it loves water too! lol All your flowers and those blackberries look yummy... when Keto is over for us in several months I hope next summer to get some fresh blackberries and make a cobbler like my gaga made when I was young... makes my mouth water to think of it... what do you do with your frozen blackberries in winter Gretchen??? Have a wonderful week! Kathi

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Lovely flowers! Those roses look wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

QuiltGranma said...

Love the cone flowers and B eyed Susan's together, your quilter color eye is working good!

For the love of geese said...

Beautiful. The only time my roses look this lovely is when they open for the first time. Not sure what gets them but it isn't me. If I leave them alone they mostly do fine. But if I try to improve them, well thats another story.

Scrapatches said...

Your garden is so beautiful! I love blackberries and blackberry jams. They are difficult to find locally, even in the farmer's markets, so I buy most of my blackberry jams online. The seedless varieties are the best. The quilt garden is lovely, too. Thank you for brightening my day by sharing this in my linky party ... :) Pat