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Jul172017

Mid-July.

One day I´ll have proper time for this blog again and then I´ll post about all the things that are on my mind these days, like baking bread, and growing a veggie garden (my approach), and maybe even some personal stuff that I wanted to write down for ages (mostly why I struggle with social media at the moment). But right now, it feels like I am stumbling through a very busy summer, and all I really have time for is quickly snapping pictures of my garden before or after work, hastily edit them and throw them on up my blog, because first things first, priorities etc. So here goes.

Someone remind me that I need to get more of that blue phlox (it´s "Blue Paradise" I think) in autumn, it´s so lovely, thank you very much. Also the echinacea is very happy this year.

Hydrangeas! Getting there!

We are having a very wet and cold-ish summer, which I´m sort of ok with, because it makes growing things a lot easier. Everything is so lush! And the pumpinks couldn´t be happier.

I get asked what flowers these are all the time, they are Clarkia unguiculata - Mandelröschen in German. Very pretty, not suitable for cutting, but did I mention very pretty.

My sweet peas are totally out of control, they seem to love this weather as well - not complaining!

My artichokes are doing so well, I don´t know why I thought one couldn´t grow them in Germany, it seems to be no problem at all?

Zucchini - I have only one plant this year which is more than enough.

So I planted bush beans instead of runner beans on that trellis to the left, can you tell? Me so smart. 

We are growing a new-to-us potatoe variety this year (Daifla) - huge plants with exceptionally pretty flowers!

I hope I´m not jinxing anything by saying that the tomatoe houses have (so far) been a great success. The plants seem to be doing really well and no signs of blight just yet. And I´m loving the dahlias in between the houses!

Look at that larkspur! It´s hard to photograph but trust me, absolutely gorgeous in person. I´m so happy that I gave it another try after many fails in the past years. I grew this for cutting but can´t bring myself to do it, it´s just so pretty where it is!

That´s it for today. I hope you are having a great summer!
PS: Is there anything you want me to add to the list of things I should blog about?

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And again a beautiful post Katrin!
I would like you to blog about your old house, lovely interior, the cats (and Ludwig) and your garden.
So your doing a great job!

July 18, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterkenderfrau

I can never bring myself to cut the cutting flowers either! Your garden is gorgeous and it and the house are the main reasons I love your blog. I really like your trip pictures too. Who doesn't vicariously want to travel in Europe??? I'd like to see actual recipes for the breads you've been baking (in English). They look amazing! I think posts about German traditions would be interesting too. I enjoyed reading about everyone baking bread in the town oven. I'm just happy when you post!

July 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

I love the photos of your garden. They are enough for now as I'm in the depths of winter here with a storm due tomorrow. In fact they are so enough that I can never decide which photos to respond to. But: how mature your garden is now looking!! and all the blue and white is stunning..and the tomato houses....and those sweet peas!! I am now determined to find some rustic sticks to build a trellis like yours. In your autumn/winter we can chew over those thornier issues. Right now enjoy your garden while you can. There's too much ugly stuff out there xx

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSally

The photos are enough- what a wonderful growing year this is! My grandfather always had larkspur so thank you specially for those pix. Your husband's tomato houses are even more beautiful planted out.
Do you have a stream in the garden where the lavender grows?
For JessB: google translate will translate whole pages, and it is easy to purchase measuring cups with both English and metric measurements. With a dual digital kitchen scale you could bake any recipe. šŸ™‚

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRhody

I think it's your blog and you should post about anything you want to - we all have a choice of whether or not to come read it.

Personally I love that your blog is so seasonal - summer means more garden pics and winter means more house pics - because both areas are lovely and aspirational. Naturally Ludwig and the cats are an integral part of all that, and if you're feeling frustrated about social media (I hear you) or anything else and feel like venting or thinking aloud, well, I for one will welcome that too. I myself am not really much of a baker, so the more detailed bread posts are not as interesting to me, but even so I still like seeing the increasingly artistic loaves because it's all part of the world you've created. I have been following for some time now (and early on I read backwards to the beginning so I think I've read every post) and I'm just amazed at what you've created in your little corner of the planet: so much beauty and love and care all right there, and by sharing it online, it spills outwards too.

So, here's thanks in advance for any post you make, on any topic that you find time for or that speaks to you. We're listening. :-) --Catbird Farm

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCatbird Farm

The potato flowers are beautiful Katrin. And I have a question about the clarkia - why isn't it a good cut flower? I thought that it was but it's been years since I have grown it so I'm not sure anymore. Doesn't it hold up in a vase?

July 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

I would love to hear more about the vegetable garden when you feel up to it. For now, the flowers are gift enough.

July 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I just want to add that I second everything Catbird Farm says above. She expresses beautifully just what i was thinking...well except I do enjoy the bread :)

July 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Thank you all!

JessB - I donĀ“t think I am going to post bread recipes, but IĀ“ll do a general post about baking bread soon with links to some great bread blogs!

Sally - thank you, yes the sweet peas!! Thankfully we have lots of hazel "trees" to cut so never running out of sticks for trellises :-)

Rhody - the lavender "stream" is only for drainage and also acts as overflow of our water well in the walled garden. :-)

RC - aw thank you so much, that is a very lovely comment. I wonĀ“t post detailed bread recipes, I donĀ“t think this is the place for it. I love what youĀ“ve written - "so much beauty and love and care all right there, and by sharing it online, it spills outwards too." - that is exactly what I hope to do here. Thank you again xx

Vanessa - yes exactly it dies pretty quickly in a vase. I am sure thereĀ“s a trick to it - on the package it says "very good cutting flower" haha - but I havenĀ“t found it yet!

Jen - yes a post about the veggie garden is already in my head, I just need to write it down! :-)

July 25, 2017 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Missed this post for some reason..garden is looking lovely and veg patch looking lush and full of promise..I am happy with whatever you want to blog about, it is your space after all and I like reading whatever you post! I love the house and garden and your adventures so I am happy either way, I am easy to please!x

July 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

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