Grapes in the Garden

A few years ago, a friend gave me a few grape vines from his vineyard. I had just put an arbor in the front garden as a backdrop for wedding ceremonies that we host. I was undecided about what to plant on it, but Joe gave me a Malbec vine and a Cabernet Franc vine. The Malbec vine made it through the first summer but not the winter. Apparently, larger-leaved varietals can struggle in Kansas. The Cabernet Franc vine, however, has been growing strong; and this year, for the first time, it has produced grapes. I don’t have any plans to try wine-making, but it is awfully fun to see the fruit coming along. A good addition to the garden!

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Wishing you a lovely first day of summer!

Sunny-Rainy Garden

We have had quite a bit of rain this spring. In fact, for the first time in six years, Kansas is not in drought conditions.

At least one big storm passed through the area overnight and when I awoke this morning, the sky was full of ominous-looking clouds. So I wasn’t expecting to a few minutes of glorious sunshine for photographing the garden. By the time that I was done taking and uploading pictures onto my camera, rain clouds had moved back in. Our weather can change almost minute by minute.

Here are a few photos that I got in between bought of rain …

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As always, wishing you a lovely day whatever the weather might bring!

 

Passing By

Out running errands this afternoon, I saw this dramatic bit of sky as I looked to the north. To the south, bright blue skies with puffy white clouds … and the weather had been perfectly gorgeous this morning. This storm is just passing by from what I can tell, but bringing cooler temperatures along with it for the weekend.StormOverParkingLotCrop

Ah weather. It is always interesting.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!