My family recently spent a day at Strawbery Banke Museum. I enjoyed visiting all the various gardens from different time periods in New England history. In upcoming posts, I will share them all with you. Today, I've included photos from the formal gardens at the Goodwin Mansion. Below you'll see a lovely fountain, a gazebo and a beautiful greenhouse as part of this garden. For virtual tour of the mansion, click here.
Sunday, September 13
|A big bounty of tomatoes this year|
I can't believe I am saying this, but I am ready for the end of summer and the start of cooler weather. It seems like it has been the longest and hottest summer ever, or at least that I have experienced since moving here. I am in the middle of closing down the garden for fall even though with our mild climate I could continue to winter right through the winter. I need a rest. If we have a warm spring, I could be back planting cold weather crops such as lettuce as soon as February or March.
|Even with the hot weather the watermelon growth was disappointing|
|Chili peppers picked before they turn red|
|Herbs in olive oil frozen into cubes|
|Tasty, but small sweet peppers|
|The squash were another early harvest item this year|
Another first, all my squash were picked at the start of August. I usually have a few to use in the winter, but this crop got used up before the summer end. Here is a squash that I baked with maple syrup and stuffed with kale, pecans and sausage.
So how was your summer garden this year compared to last? We would love to hear about your year in the comments.
Wednesday, September 2
|Enjoy the view|
I love going to the Bonneville because it is always very peaceful. Maybe, I have been blessed with good luck, but there are never a mass of people around when I visit. The grounds are always well kept and you can find lovely plantings of annuals and perennial's during the summer.
The dam is 145 river miles from the mouth of the Columbia River and is 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon. It was built and managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. It was designated a national historical landmark district in 1987.
|One of the areas where you can watch the power of the water|
Here is a link to the Bonneville Dam website. It includes lovely virtual tours that really give you an accurate view of the entire grounds and dam.
|A viewing deck inside the visitor's center|