Trying to live a fit life loving food, cycling, gardening and everything in between!
The garden is still enjoying the rain that has been coming regularly. To top it all, the dietary food that you prepare at home lacks taste, yet you strive to have it in the aim of achieving effective weight loss. My moon flowers are still pretty small and not ready to bloom yet. The bees love these, but it was really cool when I took these pictures and not a single bee was on them. We started with a bread and spread plate: The chickadees sit very close to us and I was maybe 6 feet from this guy. Everywhere you read that water helps with weight loss in many ways.
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I have started renovating the back sunny flower bed. I need to move the taller plants into the back. So, last weekend I got a bee in my bonnet and started moving stuff. Irises have been moved up to the front. I moved the really tall globe thistle to behind the bird bath. I think I got a bit over zealous with moving since we had super hot and muggy temps this week and it really stressed out the globe thistles:.
Another big project was digging up this mess of whatever. I had chopped it all way down in the spring and decided the stump needed to come out. That stump has to weigh 40 pounds at least. It is soooo heavy. Thinking about a rose of Sharon bush there or maybe some small tree.
Labor Day is coming up and that means getting ready for fall! I had my good camera out for shots today. These look really good still in the front and the back.
It looks like some seedlings started this year. This is a miniature version, so if you have a smaller garden, it will fit in perfectly rather than the really tall ones. I still have a critter problem out in the back yard. The woodchuck was back.
He left me with this nice bare spot:. I divided up some of my irises and planted those new rhizomes I got last week. Here is my solution to keep the critters away from them:. Always something new to see when I go out there. Everywhere you read that water helps with weight loss in many ways. While the hydrated part is true — and a good thing, the others are kind of spotty.
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence where people say it helps them, but is it really true? One study had participants drinking increasing amounts of water prior to eating at a lunch buffet to see if the water had any effect.
Turns out not so much — at least for overweight individuals. This was reporting on how much water a person consumed in a day versus the number of calories eaten. Energy density of foods, servings of fruits or vegetables and eating patterns did not differ between the water and the no-water day in both men and women. For me, drinking water never really keeps me from eating. Do you find any benefits from drinking 8 glasses of water a day?
Or do you try to drink 8 glasses a day? John and I have been battling the crud. John started getting sick last week and was feeling terrible. I thought i was in the clear, but Sunday I started with the sore throat. Leaves and buds all nibbled off.
I started spraying with neem and some leaves are starting to sprout again. So, I planted a couple of peonies around it that i got in a clearance sale. Superman is guarding the new peonies. This was something we found attached to our fence when we moved in and i kept it for whatever reason. Maybe they will work. I like the plant, but if I had known it was going to get this tall, I would have it about 6 feet further back.
I need to read and see if these tolerate being moved. It obscures the path through here, too. Welcome to the weekend! We have still been having rain off and on, which has been nice for not watering the garden. I have some self-seeders coming up. These are from the seeds that drop. There are a couple of other ones as well. I guess I will just let them reseed as long as they want to come up. I had Cleome two years ago. This must have been seed that overwintered for two years! These normally are tall — or the parents were.
That was fun to find. There is one other one as well. One seed packet had different color flowers in it for some reason. There are several different colors:. I have a dwarf butterfly bush in the front and I must say, it is nice and bushy with lots of blooms coming on it. Last year I planted some flowering tobacco — an old-fashioned kind. I replanted it in the spring and now, finally, it has bloomed:. The ones in the back did. Who knows why that is.
The vagaries of gardening. Have a great one! John had a fairly laid back 50th birthday. We just did whatever he wanted for the day. I took him out for dinner at a new place called Downtown Social, which is a place that combines a restaurant, deli, bourbon room and music stage all in one. The German potato salad on the side was served in a red cabbage cup — cute! This was a tasty sandwich and I saved half of it. It was bigger than this picture looks. He wanted this recipe from Bobby Flay. The recipe has a lot of steps including making caramel and an apple topping to go on top.
A lot of work, but it was worth it! Happy Friday and happy weekend everyone! On to the blooms. I was a little surprised to see the mullein sending up more flowers. I really was not expecting these to bloom this year, so bonus! There is something like species in the mullein family. You do find it in some herbal teas in stores. This hydrangea is now 3 years old. This is the first year that I have seen the pink and only on the largest blooms. Maybe it just needed to be more mature.
One thing about the baby birds — they are not afraid of people. The chickadees sit very close to us and I was maybe 6 feet from this guy. He just kept munching away. In fact, he ate seed the whole time we were eating our lunch outside!
There was a mixture of thistle and safflower seeds in that feeder. Have a great weekend! I drink hot coffee even in warmer weather, but it just got to be too much. I was making cold brew in a pitcher, but it is kind of messy, so I bought a cold brewer:. The grounds stay in a filter and you just pour the coffee out instead of having to strain it. The downside with cold brew is that it has to brew overnight and preferably 24 hours.
So if you forget, no cold brew LOL. Lots and lots of snapdragons: Some random blooms on the balloon flower: The new rose of Sharon bush: It seems happy in the new spot. Hopefully it will get a good root system going this fall. Autumn Joy sedum are getting their color now: This is after she ate the catnip and was just rolling around the floor: Callibrocha from my tippy pots: This is a specially designed plan for vegetarians.
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