Friday, July 5, 2019

Cake in your hand...toes in the sand....summer blooms #1

My gardens are finally showing some color! I happily accepted some leftover "ladybug" cake from my grandniece Lily’s 1st birthday party. None of the skinny minnies wanted it so I froze it to use for this small strawberry trifle.  My vision was to use the new gadget I ordered from Fancyflowers for Patti @ Pandora's Box and me to experiement with, and it is plastic and holds the water for the flowers. It's six inches, and I have enjoyed the look of flowers and roses on a cake but didn't want the flowers to actually touch the cake. 
I hope my American friends had a relaxing Independence Day. I'm going do a separate blog post on the lodge we are staying at (60 acres of pure bliss).

In the photo above, that is a Patriotic Mow! One family in Ballston Spa decided to mow the American flag into the grass on his front lawn in honor of Independence Day
Credit: Zac Williams via Albany Times Union
Garlic scapes rise just before summer solstice here in Zone 5. We'll be ready for garlic harvest in a month. In the meantime, we are enjoying garlic pesto and tonight we had it on pizza. Outstanding.

My soccer buddy Xavier....growing up so quickly.

I found these lovely striped cosmos this year. 

 This rose is called New Dawn - beautiful disease resistant and fragrant, New Dawn is a near perfect rose. It was inducted into the World Federation of Rose Society Hall of Fame in 1997. 

I love fresh chamomile tea in the summer. Hope you are having a wonderful July. 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Xavier♥ Everything looks lush and that vase w/ the scapes♥

  2. Beautiful pictures of your flowers! We had a New Dawn rose on a arbor at our last house. It is still going strong and I miss having one here.

  3. Debbie, your garden studded cake is a beauty! It's been fun for me to follow along with your pretty garden updates. All those blooming flowers make me smile! This is a cute gadget. I've not seen these but will look for one, not that I make many cakes anymore with just two of us to eat it.

  4. Great find, I haven't seen these. Lovely flowers from your garden. Cute pic os Xavier, what a little doll! Love the MC rabbit all ready for the Fourth. Creative and patriotic lawn! Enjoy the remainder of the Fourth weekend........hugs.

  5. Your trifle looks delish! And X is growing up too quickly. As always, your gardens are so lush. Thanks for the cake frog!! Looking forward to using it a lot this summer

  6. I enjoyed this post so much! Summer at its best!

  7. Xavier is such a cutie!!! Your trifle and flowers are picture perfect. I had to buy my chamomile flowers from TJ’s, but I enjoyed them for almost two weeks. I never knew about garlic scapes, but I’ll bet the pesto was yummy! Happy weekend, my friend. ❤️

  8. Love the patriotic mow! Xavier has really grown up, so cute! I especially love your 4th of July vignette, and I've got to know where you got the flower arranger! I saw Patti's post using it, I would love to have one!


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