I returned to the house and got busy pruning. The flowerbeds took advantage of my absence and went wild. Five wheelbarrow loads of cuttings, weeds and deadheads later, I am still not done. The rest will have to wait because peaches and tomatoes are waiting for me. But I took a break and wandered around the yard, picking and eating ripe peaches and Concord grapes.
This is the part of summer I like best. I am no fan of July, although it redeems itself by being the month when several of my loved ones have birthdays. Other than that, I'd be happy to skip the whole month. But then August comes with its shorter days, long, slow evenings and cool nights, ripening fruit and slower-growing grass. It's like we can take a long breath and breathe out slowly. There is still plenty of work to do; the gardens are at their peak early in the month and weeds begin going to seed, potatoes need to be dug and all that garden bounty put up. But the frantic pace of June and July is past and we can actually slow down a little and just enjoy the result of our labors.
I think I'll run back out and get a few more grapes before starting on those peaches. There soon will be no grapes on the vines and this beautiful month will be over. Best to enjoy it while we can.
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