Remembering Summer 2012 in the Garden

I love my garden!  

I’m either in it, thinking about it, eating, cooking, or preserving food from it, arranging in vases cuttings from it, or planning my strategy for next year’s garden.

In my garden, I’ve got vegetables, flowers, roses, fruit trees, herbs, and ornamental plants. I have shady places for sitting or eating. I’ve also got shady work spaces, like under one of the veggie garden apple trees where I braid garlic and bundle lavender on an old redwood picnic table from my childhood home. I’ve got a green house that my husband made for me to overwinter frost-sensitive plants and to jump start the next season’s flowers and veggies… and it’s attached to a nice garden shed with proper work bench.

We’ve built all of these parts of our garden over the years, bit by bit. Some were birthday gifts to me from my husband and kids, others sprang to life from the “honey do” list, and some probably contributed to my back surgery!

This garden tells a story of our 20+ years on our property. We’ve built our home here, raised our kids to adulthood here, and buried all of our deceased and much-mourned pets here.

This year I actually took some beautiful pictures of garden at the height of its summer glory. The vibrant summer garden colors are fading into the colors of fall and I want to share my pictures with you and to reminisce. The sunlight is changing, days are shorter, nights cooler, and the fall harvests of veggies and fruit are piled high on the kitchen counter waiting to add their antioxidant and vitamin bonanza to our meals. I love looking back.

I believe that it’s important for everyone to spend time in nature. For me, it happens most often in my garden – countless hours covered with hat, sunscreen, sun protective clothing, and a respectable layer of well-amended dirt. What’s your favorite way to enjoy the outdoors?

Remembering Summer 2012…

Flowers with netted vineyard behind

We saw a lot of very active honey bees this summer.

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Veggie garden

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The veggie garden from the other side

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I grow (and we eat) a lot of broccoli because it's rich in anti-cancer sulforaphanes.

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It's not summer until the tomatoes start to ripen...

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and the corn too...

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and the green (yellow-green) beans.

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Of course, I can't have enough green (purple green) beans so there's more.

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Same goes with tomatoes.

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We wait a long time for bell peppers to turn red during our foggy Sebastopol summers.

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My garden buddy, always ready to lie in soft dirt right after a bath!



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6 Responses to “Remembering Summer 2012 in the Garden”

  1. Jozi October 2, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    Abosolutely beautiful!!! This really inspires me to start my own garden! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Janice Seeley October 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Such a nice way to bring us into your personal space! thank you for sharing! I think that many of us that are your patients feel totally blessed!
    Hugs, Jan

  3. patricia October 3, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    What a beautiful peaceful garden you have created! Thanks for the pics. I live in a building with no private garden space (except for a deck) so I really appreciate seeing yours.

  4. Carol Woessner October 3, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Your garden is as beautiful as you are.
    When do you have time for your medical practice?!?
    I’m so glad you manage to do both.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  5. Cynthia Bailey MD October 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. I received more by email too and I want to let you all know what a joy it is to share my beloved garden with you. Cheers, Cynthia Bailey MD

  6. Karen Martin October 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Wow Cynthia! You’re inspiring me to take up gardening again. Beautiful pics! I let my garden kind of dry off after a brutal summer a couple of years ago, and reading this has really made me miss it.