Summer was a Blur but Here is the Bounty

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Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085
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June and July went by fast this year. The Brandon real estate market was HOT this summer. After working 12 hours days for extended periods of time, I didn't have the stamina or brain power to share on my blog very often.

So while the real estate market has been hot, the weather in Brandon has been steamy. We've been getting our share of weekly rainfall, and our grateful gardens are appreciative.

(Lately it's been raining daily, and most of us are over it!)

Purple Petunias on Patio by Pat Starnes

Because I have a tiny yard, my plants and flowers grown mostly in containers. I've been known to create arrangements in whatever vessel I find laying around, including wheelbarrows, discarded metal containers, etc.

 Plants in wheelbarrow 2017

This year I planted rosemary, basil and purple basil, two varieties of lavendar, peppermint and spearmint in pots on the patio. I purchased coleus, vinca, and purple petunias to brighten my outdoor space. Two tomato plants grew voluntarily from seed, and were successfully transplanted into containers. I've even gathered a few tomatoes from these hardy plants.Herbs in a pot by Pat Starnes

My love for gardening has evolved over the last few years. When I was younger, it was a chore to work in the yard. Of course if I had to do it on a regular basis, it would still be "work", but now gardening is a hobby.  All I have to do is plant, water occasionally, and enjoy the flowers.

Rubber Snake on Tomato photo by Pat Starnes

(Don't panic. The rubber snake is designed to scare the birds away.)

 

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Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
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Good Morning Pat - I like the fact that you are growing wonderful herbs for cooking.  I should try that in pots.

Aug 11, 2017 08:12 AM #1
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Belinda Spillman
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I love your photos (except for the snake - lol).  Thanks so much for sharing.

Aug 11, 2017 09:54 AM #2
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Joe Pryor
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Lloks like the deck is a pretty place to have some quiet time and enjoy the view.

Aug 11, 2017 10:11 AM #3
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Pat,

How lovely your patio looks.  I like container gardening and your flowers are beautiful.  I presume that is a garter snake looking for tomato worms?  A

Aug 11, 2017 10:36 AM #4
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Grant Schneider - the herbs did amazing this year! I use a few for cooking, but mostly I enjoy the fresh scent. I have heard that they keeps bugs away, so that's a bonus.

Belinda Spillman - I only recently "staged" the snakes on the tomato plants. Those pesky little birds are pecking my tomatoes!

Aug 11, 2017 11:03 AM #5
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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Joe Pryor - The patio gets the morning sun, so my latest purchase was a 9' patio umbrella. It makes the patio much more pleasant.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I love the view from the patio. The snake is to shoo the birds away. I sure hope it works.

 

Aug 11, 2017 11:06 AM #6
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Tamra Lee Ulmer
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What a great post.. I want to move there! Hope you have a great weekend.. 

Aug 11, 2017 12:25 PM #7
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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C'mon Tamra Lee Ulmer! We can always use one more Realtor in the Brandon MS area. :)

Aug 11, 2017 12:54 PM #8
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Brian England
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That is some beautiful landscaping, I love seeing all of the green grass!  I am glad business has been good for you!

Aug 11, 2017 01:59 PM #9
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Brian England - I can't take credit for most of the landscaping. That's the golf course behind my home. I get to enjoy it, but don't have to mow! It's the best of both worlds. And, yes, business has been great this summer. I hope it's been good for you, too.

Aug 11, 2017 02:27 PM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Nice pictures, Pat!  I have had a bumper years for tomatoes and squash.  The tomatoes are about 8 feet tall, and have grown up and over their cages.

Aug 11, 2017 03:18 PM #11
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Pat on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

Aug 11, 2017 03:19 PM #12
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Kathy Streib
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Pat- your deck is beautiful!!!  I may get back into gardening because I do love it but for some reason, I've been burned out.  Your beautiful plants have inspired me. 

Aug 11, 2017 06:15 PM #13
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Kathy Streib - Trust me. The potted plants and flowers are easy. I think those petunias were on sale 2 for $10 at my handy-dandy big box garden center!

Myrl Jeffcoat - I saw your veggie photos and was extremely envious! I'd love to have fresh squash and zucchini right outside the back door.

Aug 12, 2017 11:41 AM #14
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Inna Ivchenko
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Great pictures! I love seeing all these beautiful summer flowers and plants:)  Thanks for sharing! 

Aug 15, 2017 10:58 PM #15
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Kat Palmiotti
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I love your photos! Growing up, gardening was a chore that was on our "chore chart." Weeding, planting, whatever. I wasn't ever a fan.

Aug 24, 2017 07:38 AM #16
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