Tiny flowers on Irish moss, ruby radishes ready to eat and a gift of homemade chicken soup all make life lovely, even when stomach flu has us sluggish, shivering and sleep-deprived.

A heat wave hit our city two days ago and my radishes bolted. I read on-line that once they do this they become bitter, woody and peppery, so it’s time to harvest any that are marble-sized or bigger.

While I’m on the topic of gardening, do you have any idea what could be nibbling at my cabbage and cauliflower? Should I be worried, and aggressively look for a culprit and a solution… or will the crop be okay in spite of holes in the foliage?

I promised an update on the Goodbye Bees Garden. It’s coming along. Definitely less appealing to pollinators. Any time a chive or iris blooms, I pick it. I’ve never had so many bouquets in the house!

A neighbour found out we’ve been sick with stomach flu. He sent a message, asking if I wanted him to make us chicken soup. My first instinct was to decline – No, thanks – so kind, but you don’t need to. And then I remembered my last post… about letting others help us when we’re weak. So I told him, YES – I would love some chicken soup!

He made us a big pot and brought it over the next day. When the lid came off the pot, I nearly cried. It smelled like the soups of my childhood, made by Dutch relatives. That broth kept us happy for days. To thank our neighbour, I picked a bouquet of irises and left them on his back porch. I hope he likes the flowers as much as we liked his soup (although it seems doubtful – his soup was amazing.)

Without flowers, the back garden is simpler than before, and I find my eyes drawn to less obvious delights. Like the moss, and its miniscule white flowers. I also like watching chipmunks run along the dry river bed – as though it’s a short cut from here to there. These critters have discovered that if they hop on a decorative rock next to our bird bath, one more big jump takes them to a clean water source. (How do they manage NOT to crash into the water, but to fling themselves up, landing just on the bird bath rim?)

That’s all for now… if you have any suggestions about how to deter veggie-eating insects, please let me know!

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