Early July at Ridge Pond

by Cari Balbo


It's hot and sunny out; summer has well and truly arrived in Palermo. Summer in Maine, to me, means being on water as much as possible and over the holiday weekend I managed to be on, in, or near water three days in a row and it was perfect. Now it's back to the business of Ridge Pond Herbals, keeping up with the gardens and chickens, and making sure to appreciate this all-too-brief, gorgeous time of year. 

Daylilies are popping today in the sun and heat. 

Daylilies are popping today in the sun and heat. 

Around the chicken coop

Around the chicken coop

A few of our newly planted elderberries are flowering.

A few of our newly planted elderberries are flowering.

The mallow is out in force now. Last year it was blooming right up until our major snowstorm the first week of November! 

The mallow is out in force now. Last year it was blooming right up until our major snowstorm the first week of November! 

I just discovered how delicious pineapple weed is, makes a fantastic iced tea!

I just discovered how delicious pineapple weed is, makes a fantastic iced tea!

Two of our three potato beds are flowering and the flowers smell wonderful. 

Two of our three potato beds are flowering and the flowers smell wonderful. 

The kale is happy.

The kale is happy.

Sunday garden harvest. It's a good thing we love garlic scapes as this mound is about a quarter of all we harvested. Roasted in the oven or grilled is our favorite way of having them. 

Sunday garden harvest. It's a good thing we love garlic scapes as this mound is about a quarter of all we harvested. Roasted in the oven or grilled is our favorite way of having them. 

Happy flowers on my parents' deck  

Happy flowers on my parents' deck  

My mother's cherry tomato jungle on their deck. My parents have the greenest thumbs of anyone I know.  

My mother's cherry tomato jungle on their deck. My parents have the greenest thumbs of anyone I know.  

Every year they tend a huge garden  (this is a portion of it) and can or freeze much of their year's vegetables. 

Every year they tend a huge garden  (this is a portion of it) and can or freeze much of their year's vegetables. 

My parents raised all sorts of animals when I was little and are now just getting back into having livestock, starting with two dozen broiler chickens   

My parents raised all sorts of animals when I was little and are now just getting back into having livestock, starting with two dozen broiler chickens   

For the 4th, we spent time at my sister's in-laws on the Kennebec River, a lovely spot right on the banks. 

For the 4th, we spent time at my sister's in-laws on the Kennebec River, a lovely spot right on the banks. 

Sunset on a giant field of corn near the Kennebec. 

Sunset on a giant field of corn near the Kennebec. 

The view from the dock at camp, our special little place only a short drive away, in Mike's family since the 30's. Swimming here is without a doubt one of my favorite things about summer. 

The view from the dock at camp, our special little place only a short drive away, in Mike's family since the 30's. Swimming here is without a doubt one of my favorite things about summer.