The Joys of August….

Double S Farms

While we are in the midst of the dog days of August, it is easy to get discouraged when I look out into my garden.  Now, that doesn’t mean that my garden looks bad….actually just the opposite.  Many of my plants are in full bloom with lush, green growth.  It is the lush, green growth that discourages me because my plants are calling to me to come outside and prune them.

Well, what is wrong with that?  Well, it is still rather hot outside and I am so much more comfortable indoors with my best summer friend – my air conditioner.  But, I promise I will soon venture outdoors again.  

Meanwhile, there are many things this August that bring me joy….

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Although this photo is rather blurry, it shows my son, Kai, running again – chasing his cousin.  Earlier this summer, he was unable to walk as he recuperated from hip surgery.  He is almost back to normal, which is wonderful especially since he loves to run.

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Farm fresh eggs from my sister’s wonderful hens at Double S Farms. 

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My daughter, Gracie, picking out sunflower seeds to roast.

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Sitting in the garden at Double S Farms, watching a tumbleweed roll by as the temperatures cool down as a monsoon storm approaches.

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Toads that venture out when the rain arrives.

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Deciding what to plant this fall in our vegetable garden.

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The first day of school for Gracie, Ruthie and Kai.

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Teaching a beginner’s vegetable gardening class this past weekend.

Now the most important joy of August, is the celebrating of new life.

Some of you may be familiar with my sisters whose gardens I sometimes feature.  Well, I also have a brother.

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Me, Daisy Mom of ‘The Refuge’, Chicken Farmer & Pastor Farmer of ‘Double S Farms’.

This past Saturday, we all gathered together to celebrate the coming birth of my brother and his wife’s twin boys.

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The babies are due in October, but may make their appearance in September.

I love baking

Two little baby birds nestled in toasted coconut on top of white chocolate cream cheese frosting……I love baking.

It was a special day with family and friends.  Many people had created beautiful handmade gifts for the babies.  I can hardly wait for them to arrive.

I am grateful for the joys that August has brought, but I am looking forward to what the fall is bringing….

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….a trip to the east coast,

planting my vegetable garden,

 two speaking engagements,

and most importantly….

 being able to hold my two baby nephews ๐Ÿ™‚


It is not too late to create your own bouquet for this month’s MGB.  

I would love to see what flowers are growing in your garden.

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
18 replies
  1. Edith Hope
    Edith Hope says:

    Dear Noelle, What a joyous posting with so much fun, hope and laughter contained within your writing. It is so good to do, as you have here, take a few moments to reflect on the many good fortunes we all have, often the small things that get taken for granted each day. So much to look forward to in the coming months!!

  2. Floridagirl
    Floridagirl says:

    How wonderful to see Kai running and playing! I'm sure it brings joy to your soul. And how exciting that twins are joining the family! Love those birdie cupcakes!

  3. Diana
    Diana says:

    isn't it fun to have your family close enough to enjoy? LOVE being close to mine–we give each other our space but also are close enough if we need help we are there for each other.
    Are you going to be giving a suggestions for when to plant food? My first garden here was a bust but I'm not giving up! My Basil is still there! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for your nice comment on my blog!

  4. rohrerbot
    rohrerbot says:

    I feel your pain. I honestly feel terrible for not getting outside and pruning right now. I just don't have the energy to deal with the heat and moisture….and the mosquitos…..soon we'll be able to go outside and work away….soon:)

  5. Shady Gardener
    Shady Gardener says:

    You have a beautiful family… your own children as well as your siblings. Great photos and what a wonderful treat twins bring! I can tell your brother and sister-in-law will have lots of support! ๐Ÿ™‚

    It is actually looking very lush over your way!

  6. Carol
    Carol says:

    There is a great deal of joy in this post Noelle. How wonderful to see Kai running and your precious children off to their first day of school… fresh eggs and family … two new members about to be born. Wonderful moments of life. You are very blessed dear Noelle. May your sister-in-law have an easy labor and your nephews be strong and in perfect health. ;>)

  7. One
    One says:

    Noelle, There is so much in your post but something that stands out is LOVE. There is Love & Joy everywhere…What a wonderful family.

  8. Gail
    Gail says:

    Dear Noelle, What wonderful sight to see Kai running and playing! Your sister in law is beautiful all abloom with twins. It's been a tough summer and the joys of living and loving sustain us~ gail

  9. Kimberly
    Kimberly says:

    Hi, Noelle! Great photos! I can only imagine what August in the desert must be like. I think I'd opt for the A/C too.
    I'm so excited to see Kai running! You must be overjoyed after your difficult summer!
    And it's so fun to see Gracie now, going to school, after your previous post regarding her adoption. Sweet!
    So glad everything is going well for you! Looking forward to photos of the twins.

  10. Curbstone Valley Farm
    Curbstone Valley Farm says:

    So much to be grateful for this August! So glad to see that Kai is up and running around again. Goodness, school is back in already, where did the summer go? Congratulations on your impending auntie-hood!

  11. Martha Z
    Martha Z says:

    How wonderful to see Kai running again and it is exciting to see two new lives on the way to this wonderful extended family, so full of love and life.

  12. Tatyana@MySecretGarden
    Tatyana@MySecretGarden says:

    What a beautiful family you have, Noelle! How nice it is to have a family so close! My family is in Russia and Phoenix.
    Great pictures! You all look happy! Great to see Kai running! We'll start school tomorrow. The boys spent 3 days at the middle school camp and came back today, on the 1st of September.
    Happy September to you and yours! Say Hello to those lucky people who are expecting twins from me, a mother of twins!!!Welcome to the club!

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