The grapes will be bountiful this year - most likely surpassing last year's harvest of 10 gallons, I bet. Since it hasn't rained in quite a while (like 4 weeks), I'm still having to water the vines every two weeks to make sure the grapes get to a nice size when mature, too. With the rainwater storage system now depleted, that means hauling buckets of city water about 100 yards in excessive heat to keep things from dying. Boo!!!!!!
Here's the planter bench that overlooks the garden with marigolds and phlox growing inside. I show this bench periodically for Granny up in Washington, because she seems to like it, I reckon. :)
And even though this looks like ketchup in a styrofoam plate, it's actually plum butter. As I was juicing the plums recently, I looked at all of the leftover pulp and thought "there's gotta be something that I can use this stuff for"....Anyway, I just made 5 half pint jars of very thick spread, or what I would refer to as "butter" - although I have no idea what it'll be used for later.
In other news, it is extremely hot here now - reaching well above 100. Jude is staying in the shade and drinking plenty of water, but doesn't eat much when summer hits. Her weight has dropped significantly - as it does every year. Anyway, I'll be glad when things cool down a bit - for her sake.