Monday, July 18, 2011

today was warm

This evening we walked the dogs and picked a bowlful of wild strawberries to eat over lemon whipped cream tonight (sigh) still delicious! Wild Strawberries are tiny but tasty. There are several good patches and I am letting it spread in the flowerbeds hoping they will be abundant next year. I would love to have a bowl of my own blueberries blackberries raspberries and strawberries. Maybe next year! We planted blueberry bushes recently...3 are doing well... one not so hot.
I got up early and watered this morning watering especially the pots. Potato,lettuces and peppers are doing well.
Chickens are tucked away for the night. They have been dining on fresh grasses and seed heads and old apples. The barred rock chicken is still the biggest, the rhode island red still the bossiest.
This has been the best year ever for the delphiniums and my elderberry looks beautiful. This evening is wonderfully cool but the mosquitos are biting too much to sit outside.
It is starting to be a nice summer....finally.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A beautiful weekend July 9-10

This morning I went for a little walk with the big dogs to check the wild strawberries.This time of year I check almost everyday to see how many have ripened. Pick a few to eat on the trail. Wild strawberries are so sweet even when they are not quite ripe you just cannot resist standing there and eating them right away. While I was out there I think I found some wild asparagus...sort of purplish pink and fuzzy ,weird looking, about five inches tall (pictured below)....strange we were just talking about wild asparagus.
The wild roses are almost finished and I am hoping for a good crop of rose hips.Last year they were not so hot! I want to try to make rose hip jelly full of vitamin C.
In the garden.... the corn is growing,broccoli tomatoes are all coming along nicely.
Its so warm I hung the laundry out today.
Must water tonight!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


I could weed 24-7 and still would be behind. The grasses have gone wild this year since I ignored them last summer. Napweed and dandelions are my main focus. I love clover so I only pull it when I must and give it to the chickens.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July 4th weekend

WOW things are popping with just a little heat. Potatoes,onions and cabbage are doing well. planted more broccoli, brussel sprouts,peppers in pots, lettuces, amaranth and parsley. Peonies are going CRAZY which is nice since the rhodies were a bust this year.

Dish obsession continues

A very fun set that Elaine Madrid gave me. Perfect for breakfast or steak and beans! Then one of my Autie Caroline's tea sets. She p...