Challenges and Triumphs

The rail pots have been a disappointment. We used old dirt and nothing is growing like it should, despite watering, pruning, and fertilizing. We were hoping by this time, end of July, that everything would be spilling over both sides and a foot tall. At least it does offer a little color.
AND, I ate my first home-grown tomato today, July 24, from our first ever tomato plant. It was just as good as I imagined it would be the day I planted it. And there are LOTS more where those came from.

Waiting on tomatoes...

We have an abundance of tomatoes on the first tomato plant I've ever grown! Apparently, because of all the rain we've had this spring and summer, the tomatoes are slow to ripen, but I can't wait until they do! Meanwhile, I'm thinking of trying some fried green tomatoes.

The lilies are on their last gasp, but the hibiscus are taking their place, and the roses are producing new blooms daily. It's such a pretty time of year, even though it's too hot to be outside until evening.

Happy 4th! God Bless America!

It rained the weekend of the 4th, but Saturday was perfect weather and we sat on our front steps and watched a glorious display all around us, thanks to our neighbors to the north, south, east, and west!