Looking Back from Spring to Summer

Eating grilled cheese on the porch, as soon as the weather got warm enough. More at frugal-mama.com

Back in the spring, it was a big deal to have grilled cheese sandwiches on the porch. Now our garden looks like a jungle and the cicadas swell a slow rhythm to the quiet hot afternoons.

Here are some pictures looking back on our spring and into the summer.

We love our new porch swing and our old strawberry sorbet-smoothies.

We love our new porch swing and our old strawberry sorbet-smoothies.

Sugar snap peas were a good crop this year for healthy snacking.  The key was to plant the seeds as soon as the ground could be worked in late winter. Sugar snap peas were a good crop this year for healthy snacking.  The key was to plant the seeds as soon as the ground could be worked in late winter.

Sugar snap peas were a good crop this year for healthy snacking.  The key was to plant the seeds as soon as the ground could be worked in late winter.

Sofia and Diana on the baby antique chairs under our weeping cherry tree. We planted alpine strawberries along a rock border, because they can take some shade and they don't spread all over like garden strawberries.

We planted alpine strawberries along a rock border, because they can take some shade and they don’t spread all over like garden strawberries.

Sofia doing sidewalk drawings with Luke and Diana.

Mark watering the vegetable garden and new fig tree.

Sofia did sidewalk drawings with Luke and Diana, while Mark watered. We also planted a baby fig tree this year.

We visited National Harbor for the first time on Memorial Day.

The carousel at National Harbor near Washington, D.C.

We visited National Harbor for the first time on Memorial Day.

Sour cherries from our Montmorency cherry tree were abundant this year. PIcking cherries from our Montmorency sour cherry tree.  We had enough to make a pie this year!

Diana liked to squeeze behind the roses and pick her some sour cherries. We had enough this year for Virginia to be able to make a pie!

Mark and Luke reading a book on our new porch swing. Cutting the grass with a battery-powered lawnmower. Father's Day breakfast-in-bed menu that the kids made.

Enrico got breakfast in bed for Father’s Day.

Diana in front of our house with Shasta daisies and the peach tree in the background. Baby purple carrots are orange inside and taste a tiny bit spicier than regular carrots.

We grew purple carrots.  Tiny ones because Luke scoffed at evenly spaced rows and cast the seeds by fistful.

Front yard garden with daisies, chamomile, kohlrabi, purple carrots, borage, and sugar-snap peas. Sunflowers were surprise guests in our garden this year, apparently planted by birds among the apples, peaches, and daisies.

And sunflowers were surprise guests, apparently planted by birds among the apples, peaches, and daisies.

That’s all for now.  We’re in Italy now, and I’m wishing you a summer that is nice and hot, and restful yet adventurous.

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2 comments

  • Stephanie August 13, 2015, 4:37 pm

    Love your posts! We live in Alexandria and I have 3 children. Very inspiring!

  • Candy Lyons July 21, 2015, 8:39 am

    Hi, Amy! Went past your house yesterday and am so jealous of your peach tree, which is laden with peaches! I am going to have to figure out a place to put one. Had a nice conversation with your Mom just before she went home. Your house looks forlorn without you.

    Candy