Summer Harvesting

yellow yarrow 015yellow yarrow 016 Although the extremely wet spring and summer in Central Illinois has cut down on some of our harvest, I have plenty to keep me busy.  The Yellow Yarrow along the lane to Old Towne Grove Wedding Chapel was caught up into 10 bunches and is now drying in the great room.  Yarrow dries wonderfully well and keeps its color for years in arrangements and wreaths.  It will add a seasonal note to my autumn wreaths.   The cute chicken in the basket is a Morton cookie jar that I inherited from my dear mother-in-law, Donna Clemens.  The knob on the top for removing the lid is a chick! Many of the peaches are rotting on the trees from a blight due, I am sure, to the wet.  Dirk and I still managed to pick this big basket and another galvanized bucket full.  The result is 18 quarts of canned peaches.  It will not take long for us to eat our way through those pretty jars of fruit.  We are having peach shortcake for Sunday dinner dessert tomorrow.

Filled to the Brim.

Filled to the Brim.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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