I started some Nasturtiums from seed this year, to pick up on the color of the dwarf Japanese maple in the Early Spring border (which isn’t particularly colorful in the summer).

This is the only bloom so far, but I do like the pop of color it adds. Hopefully the chipmunks don’t eat it right away.

Gingered Plum-Raspberry Jam

Summer is for jamming.

More specifically, for making freezer jam.

In another couple of months, I’ll be making my favorite condiment ever: tomato jam. Until I have some garden-fresh tomatoes to put up, though, I’ll jam up whatever we’ve got that’s too ripe to eat out-of-hand. Today, that was half a dozen plums, plus a handful of raspberries I picked from the runners that the neighbor’s bush has been sending into our yard.

I based my jam off of a recipe that I’d saved from a long-ago issue of Cooking Pleasures Magazine (RIP, Cooking Club of America). I halved the batch, substituted ground ginger for fresh (1/4 tsp ground replaced 1 Tbsp fresh), and substituted 2/3 of the sugar with Splenda. The end result is tart and sweet and 1 WW SmartPoints value for one tablespoon.

So, so good.

Squirrel Feeder

After the suction cups on my window-mounted bird feeder busted off, I found some brick clips online to mount them to the exterior wall, instead.

I suspected squirrels were to blame for breaking the suction cup mounts in the first place, and I hoped that placing the feeder on the brick wall would keep them out going forward.

I should have known better.

I guess squirrels have to eat, too…

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: July 2020

Blooms always seem to be scarce in the heat of mid-July — especially when deer have eaten the lilies. I think some deer-resistant, drought-loving native plants are in my future.

I do love the blooms on the hostas.
Heritage English rose will keep blooming in flushes as long as I keep deadheading.
Everybody loves the milkweed, from fuzzy bumbles to hummingbirds to caterpillars.
Gooseneck loosestrife can be a bit aggressive at times, but I don’t mind much.

As always, many thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day on the 15th of every month!