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The yard that existed when we moved into this house has very little that remains.  We have changed almost everything!  For the first 3 summers we didn’t even water anything in the backyard.  Yet, somehow this beautiful peony bush has survived my massive amounts of neglect and always provides a bountiful set of beautiful blossoms.  It’s really, really pretty.  I’m hoping to transplant it this fall from the side of the house where it isn’t visible to somewhere more enjoyable in the yard.  I pray it survives!  I should probably do some reading up on transplanting a peony plant.

From a friend I’ve found out about an organization called Bountiful Baskets.  You can look them up online and see if there is one in your neighborhood.  For $15 we got all this:

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Some of the fruit was a little under ripe so we’ve had to wait to use it but overall I was very pleased with the variety and quality of what we received.  The only negative is that these baskets often come with an early pickup time and we have to drive to Parker.  A few of my friends and I have decided we will alternate who has to brave the early pick-up time to get the baskets.  Definitely worth it!  In case you can’t tell from the picture, our basket included:  a bunch of kale, celery, romaine lettuce, two acorn squash, a cantaloupe, a pineapple, 6 bananas, 4 cucumbers, 7 green apples, 6 apricots, 8 plums, 5 tomatoes, and 3 mini mangoes.  You can add more on to your basic basket like bread, and additional fruits or veggies for a really reasonable cost.