Thanks everyone for your very kind comments. Since I live alone, no garden husband here or helpers to ease the workload. I do it all myself.....oops, not quite....I have my sensational, precocious, lovable Pomeranian, who accompanies me each morning on our walk around the gardens and the mountains. Besides the flower gardens, I share a community vegetable garden with my neighbors on there property. They are 2nd home owners who only spend about 12 days all summer in VT. But when they are here they love to eat fresh veggies, as I do. So we put together a small garden where we grow all types of lettuce, radishes, arugula, english peas, both bush beans and pole beans, and Alex's Heirloom Tomatoes. The garden really suffered this year because of all the rain in June. Flushed all the nitrogen right out of the soil. I had to plant bush beans 3 separate times before they developed into nice plants. The rewards are that I am eating them almost every night for dinner in mid October.
Here are a few pictures of our amateur mountain veggie garden.
The red tarp under the tomato plants actually produces a 20% higher yield in the fruit, according to a long time study done by Cornell University. It really does work! This is my 3rd year using the red sheets.
Picture #4 'Barbara Mandrell' is my favorite new daylily added this Spring to the garden. She bloomed for 2 months straight never missing a beat. Consistently beautiful blooms. Substance was amazing. Picture # 5 'Chang Dynasty', although not new, put on a spectacular show. Scapes were huge and each flower was just gorgeous.
My biggest fan, garden companion, protector of the homestead, and love of my life, 'Spirit'. She rules everything. Today she found a wooly caterpillar crossing the road, and made sure I saw it. "Hmm", I said to her. "Not good news". 'Wooly caterpillars 'are a sign of a very cold and snowy Winter, according to the Farmer's Almanac. At least I know the daylilies are all tucked in for the Winter.