Phew! So this photoblog kept falling to the last priority on my to-do list but I’m only two months behind so I’m not letting it go yet!
In the beginning of August we went down to Sandy’s family house to celebrate David’s birthday pool party style.
It was a beautiful late summer day.
A late brunch at home, the following day.
Taking Maple to a park at the end of our block. Lansdowne is lush and full of little hidden gem parks. It’s my favorite thing about it.
Another park, a few blocks further!
Later that week, a meeting of the Lansdowne garden club, meeting at yet another park in Lansdowne.
The garden club was started early in the summer and we met every other week all summer. We mostly just shared garden knowledge and took tours of everyone’s gardens.
This is Pennock Woods Park.
This week was a tour of several shade gardens – a type of gardening I’m clueless about.
I guess this entry is only pictures of walks? Here’s Mikey in Rittenhouse during a weird sunset day.
At the dystopian park in West Philly.
Getting plants at Greens Grow one weekend.
At home with Maple
A brunch with buds
Preen playing at Hub Bub.
Another weird sunset.
A late garden update.
A day at work
Two Leo’s playing peekaboo through a stroller. My friend Amanda is also a nanny and we have regular nanny playdates. She has a nanny kid named Leo too!
A visit from Roxana, Mikey’s best bud who lives in Seattle now.
Melanie and Brad’s going away party at Hardena.
Brad and Melanie!
The garden in full bloom. Since I’m writing this in hindsight, I can say I learned a lot from my first big vegetable garden (I’ve had a lot of smaller scale ones and container gardens but never one this big.) I can’t wait to do it next year with the wisdom I gained from a first time around. I plan to expand it further and also landscape more of the backyard.
After I put in a second planting of leafy stuff for the fall, which a groundhog immediately came and ate all of, just as it had in the spring.
One of the best lessons I learned is I need to do a full bed in a chicken wire cage to keep the groundhogs out. They totally annihilated all of the brassicas I had (broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and chard and some lettuces too). After they came through and ate everything in the spring, I put up bird netting which helped with most everything else.
I also have to figure out what went wrong with my eggplants this time. I had three plants and only got about 4 eggplants total between the three of them. No idea why they didn’t produce, even though the plants were pretty large and flowered. The pepper on the right was super productive. I got so many of them!
Half of the photos I take of Maple look like this.
Shannon and Greg, over for tacos.
Anika playing at the Afterglows record release at Nacho House.
Sam and Mikey as The Afterglows.
Post show hangs.
Chelsea and Scout.
At the end of the month we went up to Boston for a wedding of Mikey’s family friends.
Ben and Jenny and Mikey’s sister, Emily.
Mikey’s sister and dad, checking out the view.
We were able to meet up with Brad and Melanie for lunch. They had just moved to Boston that same weekend!