This is our first summer at our new home. We’re still learning about the house and exploring to see what our property has to offer. When buying the home the seller’s realtor mentioned we had some berry bushes scattered around, but I didn’t really know what to expect. So far, we’ve discovered many blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Unfortunately we weren’t very careful when moving brush in the spring and trampled some of the blueberry bushes, but hopefully they’ll come back strong next year. There’s a lot of raspberries and blackberries we can’t get to because some of the bushes are so overgrown, so we’re planning on cleaning them up once the berries are gone. Next year I hope to try making some jam and other berry related yummy treats.
Summer in New England is amazing. I think it’s just so magical because we suffer through the cold and dreary seasons of late fall through mid-spring, to finally some lush green and warm air. I know I don’t take it for granted and wished it’d last longer than a few short months. It’s definitely my favorite season. Getting outside and enjoying the sunshine and grassy lawn feels so good. The only caveat are the BUGS! They can ruin any outdoor get together pretty quickly. Thankfully, I’ve been getting into the world of using essential oils and have made my own spray that’s worked wonders so far. I’ll share more about that later.
I love gardening, too. Eventually I plan on having a large and established vegetable garden, but this year we had a late start and our small raised beds aren’t really doing much. There’s also big dreams of gorgeous perennial beds scattered through our property. I’ve worked at a wholesale perennial nursery for the past 14 years and it’s totally turned me into a plant nerd and flower garden snob.