This is my latest flag - no pattern yet. Even though our dog isn't a Scottie, he's black, small and cute (and the mail lady is afraid of him). So outside our front door instead of beware of dog there is a welcome flag.
Our peaches were ripe in the blink of an eye and had to be picked and used within 2 days. So I stopped everything I was doing and made some peach jam last week. The peaches were really too small and too ripe to do much else with them other than eat and make jam. I had some jam on toast this morning. It was pretty good but I always marvel at how much sugar is in freezer jam!
My favorite flowers in my yard are the giant hibiscus and the hollyhocks. Its hard to tell from the pictures but the hibiscus flowers are as big as dinner plates.
And next to them are my hollyhocks, which really didn't bloom well this year as you can see. They look kind of bug eaten unfortunately and have only a few blooms, which is very diappointing. Someday I'll make a hollyhock quilt.
We have several outside cats that are hopefully killing field mice and protecting the yard (yeah right). The cats predate us and were here long before we built our house so we feed them to keep them around some. We used to have dozens of cats roaming the neighborhood years ago but they have thinned out as neighbors built homes. Probably a good thing. This one is called "the other black and white cat" since there are 2 and the other cat's name is Roy. So here is a shot of the cat keeping guard in the garden.
Tomatoes and peppers are going to come on strong in a week or so. Our growing season is kind of short where we live so between now and the first frost we will be making salsa and canning it on the weekends. There is nothing like going out to the garden and picking a fresh ripe tomato. I had a BLT Saturday night that was just amazing. The tomato was sweet like fruit. So I better enjoy them while I can.