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My Yard

March 18, 2012

It’s been unseasonably mild around here this past week and it doesn’t seem to be letting up for at least another week.  I’m talking 80 degree days.  I’m not complaining, especially since we normally still have snow on the ground this time of year.  I’m just concerned about all of my plants.  I know that the weather is going to readjust itself and then these beauties will be damaged.

This great weather is preventing the rabbits from killing my tulips.  Usually they grow at just the right rate for the rabbits to enjoy them and for me to shake my head in disgust.

My daffodils always bloom, but that’s because they are member of the onion family and the rabbits won’t touch them.

My hyacinth’s are spotty.  Sometimes they come up and sometimes they don’t.

I need to get out there and prune my rose bushes, but they too have tons of buds on them already.  My hydrangea has some green on it too.  I even saw some of my windflowers coming up!  Now if I only lived in a climate where I could plant and enjoy my favorite flower, the calla lily, I’d be set.


Do It Again

July 9, 2010

I have a magnolia bush in my front yard. Or is it a tree?  I call it a bush because of its size.  I love magnolias. Once the weather starts to break, they start to bloom.

Like robins, I associate them with spring.

When we moved into our house almost nine years ago, I knew that I wanted a magnolia bush in the yard. I would drive through town with my husband checking out people’s yards.

The magnolia bush that I have is a late bloomer. It has the most amazing pink/purple flowers. The fragrance is sweet, but not too sweet.

It also does this.

Every year around the end of June beginning of July, it blooms again. Not the whole bush. Not like it blooms in the spring. But for a few weeks in the summer I can enjoy the blooms of my magnolia bush again.

The type of  magnolia I have is a Ann Star Magnolia .  I love sitting on the front porch with my coffee in the morning enjoying the view.  Soon the blooms will fall and I’ll have to wait until spring again for this beautiful display.


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

July 7, 2010

I had something else ready to post but I’m so excited about this little baby that I had to share. 

I went out after dinner to water the tomato, cucumber and pepper plants in the garden.  I’ve been avoiding the zucchini because we’ve had so much rain and I already had one zucchini rot on me.

So I’ve been watering.  And peeking.  And praying.  It hasn’t really rained since last week and we’ve had some really hot and humid days since the 4th.  Perfect weather for my zucchini. 

I’ll be making this for dinner tomorrow.  On the grill.  Tossed in olive oil.  Sprinkled with pepper and truffle salt.

Ah, truffle salt.  I think I’ve mentioned this wonderful stuff before.  A friend I made through this blog brought this to my attention.  I really love the truffle salt on veggies.  It adds another layer of flavor that I can’t really describe.  I guess yummy just doesn’t quite cover it, does it?

Thank you D for introducing me to this salt.

I’m not sure what I’ll be eating with the zucchini, but at this point I don’t even care.

This may be the only zucchini I will enjoy this summer, you never know.


Welcome to the Jungle

June 27, 2010

I know that I’ve been complaining about all the rain we’ve been having the last month and a half.  It has rained almost everyday for that long.  Usually it’s been a storm.  Lots of thunder and lightning.  It’s brought a lot of mushrooms in the yard.  It’s also made my vegetable garden a jungle.  My aqua cones seem like an after thought.  I’ve been weeding it as best that I can. 

That picture is of my zucchini.  I’ve got a few veggies growing on the vines and tons of zucchini flowers.  I’m looking forward to my neighbor coming into my yard to take the male flowers to fry.  Sometimes I think I grow the zucchini as much for those fried flowers as the squash itself. 

Here is one of my tomato plants.  I love those ladders that I bought this year.  In the past I would use some rebar and fasten the plant to the bar.  I don’t have to fasten anything to these ladders, plus they are sturdy and tall.  I’m planning on getting a few more next spring once we expand the garden.

Here are some Romas.  I love the flavor of the Roma tomato.  A beefsteak is a great tomato, too, but nothing comes close to the Roma.

These little babies are cherry tomatoes.  I have about 50 getting ready to turn red.  Meeshie will just stand at the garden and eat them like grapes right off the vine.  She and my husband love cherry tomatoes.  I have to say that they are my least favorite tomato.  I think it’s the pop in my mouth that puts me off.

Here is my celery.  A few weeks ago it looked like something was eating it.  What could be bothering my celery?  I have fencing around it, afterall.  Well a baby rabbit had gotten into the garden by boroughing under some of the fencing.  I was ready to ring the rabbit’s neck, but Meeshie saw it and wanted to keep it as a pet.  That is never going to happen here.  It goes without saying that I’m not a fan of the rabbits.  They are everywhere here and they eat everything in sight.

Here’s my cucumbers.  This plant has tons of flowers on it.  I planted cucumbers a few years ago and never got a single one.  I’m pretty hopeful this year.

Here’s just one of the peppers that I’ve planted.  These are a sweet banana pepper.  I’ve also planted jalapeno.  On the side of the garage is some cilantro, basil and oregano.  Can’t wait to make some  fresh salsa!

I started composting this spring.  One of my girlfriends suggested that I keep coffee grounds and egg shells to help with my rose bushes.  Unfortunately, the rose bushes didn’t come back and I had to replace them. 

I started keeping the waste in a coffee can, but the smell was horrible.  I bought this compost pail and have been putting some vegetable scraps in there too.  When we started the garden in May, I dumped the contents in there along with some top soil.

I just emptied the pail again over the weekend and Meeshie and my husband have been complaining about the smell.  I sprinkled the compost around my herbs and underneath my Japanese maple.  I told them to put their big boy pants on.  Stop being such Sally’s and be quiet.

That’s where I have those beautiful wind flowers.  A little smell for a few days is worth all this bounty, don’t you think?


Wind Flowers

June 20, 2010

I planted these wind flowers in March.  Then I planted some begonias.  Then we had a frost or two, or three times.  Both flowers are not hardy in this climate until after the last frost.  Parts of March were so mild that I was anxious to plant, so I did.  Then I sweated that decision every time it dipped down to 30.  The wind flowers and the begonias both need to be dug up in the fall and stored  for the winter. 

They are called wind flowers because they are bout 6 inches tall and sway in the wind.  We have plenty of wind out here being surrounded by farms.  They bloom continually all summer,  and I really love the colors.

They last well in a vase for up to 10 days, but they are a thirsty little flower.

They smell fresh.

Now I’m waiting for the begonias to bloom and my balloon flowers.  But I’m having issues with the balloon flowers.  That issue is rabbits and that is post for another day.


I Know Where a Garden Grows

May 27, 2010

I planted my vegetable garden last weekend. This is the earliest I’ve done it in a long while. I planted it one year on Mother’s day weekend and then a frost came and I had to replant. This year I’m not only optimistic but prepared if a frost should come. And it probably will. Memorial Day weekend is usually when I plant, but I’m more anxious this year, I guess.

I planted my stand by of tomatoes, jalapeños, banana peppers, green peppers and zucchini. I added cucumbers, garlic, and celery this year. Yes celery. My neighbor gave me some celery which I have never seen at the nursery to plant before. I still need to get basil and oregano but I have planted cilantro.

Last year I planted the herbs in an area near the house and they did very well. This year I’m not sure how well they will work out. The rabbits are so brutal and they just eat whatever strikes their fancy. Which means I never know what they will eat from year to year or week to week.

I’ll be adding my irrigation system to the garden one day this week. It helps me keep down the weeds if I put down enough cones.

I also bought tomato ladders this year. If they work out, I’ll be getting a few more next year when we expand the garden.

Now I just need to be patient.  That’s the hardest part of gardening.  That at weeding.



May 23, 2010

This is blooming in my front yard.  I planted this iris at least three years ago in another part of the yard and moved it this spring.  This is the first time it has every bloomed.  I didn’t even know what color it was.  I’m not sure why I picked the color when I bought it.  I’m so glad that I did, though.

Here it is again.  I’m not sure if you can tell how dark the purple is in these pictures.  It is almost black, it’s that dark.  It even has a beautiful scent.

 I think I may have to frame this and put it up on one of my very empty walls!

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