Oh my goodness…here in northern Indiana, we had the most wonderful weather for the 4th of July weekend! The sun was shining but it was only in the seventies and very low humidity with a beautiful, wonderful smelling breeze moving through the house. I LOVE having the windows open to the sights, smells and sounds of the outdoors in summertime.
I decided that the 4th would be a good day to give my herb garden its’ mid-summer haircut. About this time every year, I have to cut almost everything back and let it start over. Otherwise it will overtake all its’ herb neighbors and some plants become lost in the process. Of course the dogs are always interested in gardening which involves bug-chasing and toad hunting. The only thing around to spoil their excitement was the intermittent fire works testing that some of the neighbors were doing to get ready for the night display they were going to put on. Fireworks seriously ruin their day. It sends them into hiding and the panting and shaking begin immediately. I searched the cupboards for Benadryl but of course had none. The only thing in my arsenal was a small bottle of Bachs Rescue Remedy that I had used for “Miss Vanessa” several years ago to ease her anxiety over a 7 hr. car ride. If you have not heard of this, give it a look-up on the world wide web. It is very handy to have on hand and all natural. It is “flower essences” that when taken internally or rubbed on your pet (people can use them too) provide a calmness and sense of well-being. Since I only had the “people” type which contains alcohol and not the “pet” type which does not, I did not give it to them orally. What I do is put two drop on the underside of each ear and then I rub it in. I then take the hand I have rubbed it in with and pet their head with it starting at the nose and going up over their head so they are also breathing it in. I can always see an instant calming. It DOES NOT take their anxiety completely away but makes it a little bit more manageable and they seem to enjoy it. Back to the Herb Garden. As soon as we went out to work, someone decided to test one of their fireworks off just east of our backyard.
Vanessa immediately parked herself under the tarragon to hide from the noise and close to me. While we are on this photo, this is before the haircut which the herbs were desperately in need of. I have an old door propped up against the house and am training the morning glories to climb up it and around the grapevine wreath hanging in the opening. I will keep you posted on the results of that. In the front right corner is the Lemon Balm.
Some of that Lemon Balm went into a pitcher along with some lemon and orange slices for some flavored water. I have some sort of flavored water in the refrigerator all the time.
After all the work in the Herb Garden, it was time to prop my feet up and enjoy the beautiful weekend while listening to the water from our pitcher pump fountain. This photo is the result of one of my assignments from my photography class that I told you about earlier. I used my tripod, a new lens and was playing with shutter speed. Oh my goodness, I feel so smart! I hope your 4th was wonderful. Now it is time for me to dash off to work but I will be back with a fabulous pork chop recipe that simmers away on the stove top to perfection.