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I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer!
I’ve taken some time off to enjoy life, protect the garden from the triple-digit heatwave we experienced here in the Pacific Northwest, and celebrate the 4th of July holiday. It seems like so much has happened in such a short amount of time!
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Since moving here, my favorite day of the year has become the 4th of July. Our community knows how to celebrate in a BIG way. Here you can see my greenhouse all decked out for the holiday.
Each year, we enjoy watching the community parade as it makes its way down our street. Anyone who wants to participate can join in on the fun. There are vintage cars, fire engines, tractors (lots of tractors), floats, and people marching down the street, throwing candy.
Many of my friends and I watch from our deck and the lawn.
We even have a band that plays next door!
Here are some of my friends enjoying the parade in front of our home.
In the Garden
After the record-breaking heat we experienced here (95-110 degrees for 3 days), we’re now back to our cooler, more normal temperatures. They actually seem cooler than normal for July, but I’ll take it. Seriously…I’ll never complain again about the rain either.
Sadly, my garden does not know what is going on with the temperature swing. Some plants like my dahlias and black-eyed Susans haven’t even bloomed yet.
The good news is that most of my plants made it through the heat. A few weren’t happy at the time and have some burnt leaves, but I was pleased with the way the shade clothes I purchased protected the garden.
My snapdragons, daisies, and hydrangeas are the show stoppers these early days of July. The phlox, zinnias, and cosmos are looking good as well. We just have a few more blooms we are waiting for, especially the dahlias.
I’ll be sharing a blog post next week showing you what the garden is looking like at the beginning of July. So much will change in the next couple of weeks.
Have you joined my Gardening Tips & Tricks group on Facebook? If you have, I would love for you to post some of your garden pictures so we can see what’s happening where you live!
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Repurposing last year’s Christmas decor.
A beautiful vintage dishware set.
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A yummy summer salad.
Really good seasoned pretzels.
A summer cocktail recipe.
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It’s always so much fun to see what you’re up to, Kim! I love how your street celebrates the holidays. It looks like such a great time and I can definitely see why you would enjoy it so much. Hope your week has been fabulous and all good things have come your way. I can’t wait to dive into all your links! Hugs, CoCo
I mean just how many streets have parades going down them on the 4th of July? SO much fun.
Thank you so much for sharing the Autums Delight dishes Kim. And your parade looks like so much fun🙌🏻
I love that collection so much, Ann.
Chas Greener says
Wow what a fun 4th of July celebration. I love community events like that – what fun! Thanks for sharing your garden tips too, what a great read!
It is so nice to live in such a great community Chas. Have a great week my friend!
Carol Karl says
I always love reading your posts Kim. You’re so lucky to live in a place where the sense of community is so great and that you celebrate together. Your garden is looking amazing, as always.
Thank you, Carol! I love that you follow along. Yes, I live in an amazing community.
Chloe Crabtree says
Oh KIm, what fun is that parade, and right by your house, what could be more perfect for the Fourth of July! That is perfect and so americana! I am glad you were able to protect your beautiful flowers from the scorching heat. I hope time int the bay kept you cooled down. Thank you so much for the sweet mention of my succulent tablescape! I hope your scorching hot days are behind you!
The bay did keep us cooled down in the evening Chloe. But the sea life was dying and the stench was unbearable. So sad.
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
Wow – that heat was something wasn’t it?! I’m so glad your plants all made it through. 4th of July looks so fun at your place – I love that parade and band! Hope you’re having a nice cooler week!
I was actually thinking about you, Barbara! I know you were much hotter than I was. I seriously can’t even imagine!
Rachel Harper says
I’m so glad your heat wave is over. I love all your shares this week and thanks for including me.
Thank you, Rachel. I am so glad it’s over too.
Looks like your 4th of July parade was so fun!!! Your snaps look so good! Now that I have the garden figured out i need to work on better supports for mine next year. The weather here was rough! Those hydrangeas are beyond gorgeous too! Thanks for sharing my garden Kim!!! 🌸
Thanks, Stacy! The parade was a lot of fun! The snapdragons were the best flower this year. Nothing else is doing as well as last year. I think the 50-degree swing in one week was just a bit much for them. They’re used to somewhere in the middle this time of year.