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Summer is here. Can you believe it?

Farmhouse Window: There are a lot of things to do before summer flies by.

Carol Ann Gregg

May 31, 2024

2 Min Read
Close up of orange dahlia's in a garden
ORANGE DAHLIAS: Summer is a great time to find dahlias in bloom. LianeM/Getty Images

This has been an unusual year for us. It seems there is a doctor’s appointment nearly every week.

When I was prescribed physical therapy earlier this year, that added two or three more medical appointments to the week. The next big medical adventure is having a knee replacement. That will include more physical therapy. My therapist says there will be pain, but the end result will be worth it.

I can’t believe it’s almost summer. The weather went from a relatively mild winter to a very rainy spring. I think the corn crop in western Pennsylvania will struggle to reach the height of last year’s crop. When there were several dry days in a row, the equipment was on the fields and planting continued.

Large round and square bales can be seen dotting the grassy fields. I have seen several articles reminding farmers to be extra vigilant when storing hay. With the wet weather, hay fires could be a real problem.

Of course, the start of summer means the start of fair season. Many 4-H members are practicing leading their livestock. Moms might be preparing baked goods, canned produce and jams, and handcrafts for competition and display. It is a very busy time.

Those of us who no longer exhibit at the fair still attend to see a livestock show and stroll past the exhibits. It is a great time to support local organizations that have food booths, and to visit with friends you haven’t seen since last year’s fair.

Speaking of summer, I still love working on my flowers. Perennials are the backbone of my flower beds. I have been adding some new plants every year. This year, our grandson spent a Saturday helping us with yard work and a few other chores. He planted some very healthy hollyhock plants in assorted colors and a couple of dahlias. I am looking forward to enjoying the blooms later this summer.

I wish I had the stamina to attack the grass that is growing between the perennials in the big bed in front of our house. The iris put on a great show with margarites dancing in the breeze. I am not sure hollyhocks will produce blooms this first season, but I am hopeful.

The bed with spring bulbs will be converted into a zinnia patch bordered with nasturtiums, one of my favorites.

As always, please be careful out there. Watch out for the little ones around the farm. They are so curious and move so quickly. It is sometimes hard to keep track of them.

Gregg writes from western Pennsylvania. She is the Pennsylvania 2019 Outstanding Woman in Agriculture and is a past president of American Agri-Women.

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Carol Ann Gregg

Carol Ann Gregg writes from western Pennsylvania. She is the Pennsylvania 2019 Outstanding Woman in Agriculture and is a past president of American Agri-Women.

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