Friday, June 14, 2024

Friday Favorites, Mid-June Edition

June is almost halfway over and, thanks to weeks of unseasonably cool weather, it has only just begun to feel like summer.  

Happily, the past few days have been typical, lovely Colorado summer days, which I have been taking advantage of in the garden, and on the porch, and today's favorites will reflect that. 

First of all, the hummingbirds have started to arrive, which is always a positive sign of the season and something I enjoy, immensely.

I hung my feeders out at the beginning of the month, and recently added this cute feeder that has a solar light on top. I'm not sure why I need a lighted feeder, but it was too cute to pass up and the birds seem to think it's col.

The orchid that Shanti and the Man-Cub got for me for Mother's Day 2022 is blooming again! I have zero orchid-raising knowledge, so the fact that the plant has lived this long, let alone bloomed, is amazing.

The petunias I planted in my granddad's old wheelbarrow are blooming like crazy. They smell amazing and I am determined to keep them healthy and blooming for as long as possible, which means that, for the first time ever, I am planning to aggressively prune them down. Wish me luck!

The porch is finally summer-ready and I am so relieved. The porch is my happy place, and I have been anxiously awaiting the completion of the final tasks associated with the "opening". This includes replacing all of the burnt-out lightbulbs on the strings of lights that outline the roofline, as well as hanging curtains. We finally finished these tasks this week.

Yesterday, I received my signed copy of Elin Hildebrand's final Nantucket novel. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of her books and am a bit sad that I won't have another one to look forward to next summer, but I'm sure whatever direction her writing takes going forward, will be just as entertaining.

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