Thursday, 29 May 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
This cricket has been serenading us for the past couple of days. The rain slowed him down a bit, but he made up for his brief period of silence when the sun came out again. It's totally amazing how such a small insect can make such a penetrating sound. If only he'd kept quiet, he likely would've evaded his captors!
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
If you have time to watch this I think you will find it quite inspiring. "Eat where you live" they say and I think that is a pretty sound idea. We don't all have year round growing weather or all the groundwork in place as they do now but I think their point is to just make a start where you can...and to make your road by walking.
Saturday, 24 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
On our hillside, these purple beauties are one of the first
and as soon as they come out, so do the fuzzy bumble bees.
My favourites of Spring:
Thursday, 22 May 2008
These ones are in the back of the house and you can see all their heads about to burst into bloom.
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Some tulips that I planted last year when my neighbour gave me some extra bulbs. And of course.....
we have a few of these. I have actually done a pretty good job of keeping up with controlling them the last few years. Every few days we have an "off with their heads" race and pick all the flower heads off before they go to seed. I know that dandelions have many virtues and I do eat the leaves sometimes but I don't really want too many of these around.
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
My neighbour brought me some double lilacs, she brings me some each year because she knows that I love them too.
There are lots of firsts in the garden just now, I found the first of our California poppies in bloom, pretty soon there will be thousands of these. They are prolific spreaders and act as a bit of a ground cover here.
Here is the first daisy in bloom. We have loads of these and it is one of my favourite flowers to bring in as a cut flower. They are so simple and fresh looking.And up top is a picture of our first columbine in bloom, I think that is the one that you gave me last year, Samantha.
Friday, 16 May 2008
I spent many an hour gathering armloads of these pretty blooms to fill empty milk cartons which I had tacked to my bedroom walls in order to make my room a butterfly sanctuary. It was magical when my room was filled with the colour and scent of the lilacs, my bedroom window open so that the butterflies flew in and out. What I can't remember, is if I asked permission first or just went with the idea... I do remember how surprised my mom was when I invited her in to show her what I'd done.
Monday, 12 May 2008
We can't help admiring the apple blossoms, they look as though they are blushing - so delicate.
The Kerria is in bloom now too. I brought this back from my childhood home, along with many other plants, when my folks sold the property It is pictured here with some silver dollar plants which have seeded themselves here and there (and everywhere) throughout the yard.
And since I really can't ever see too many flower pics but I know that others can, I have posted some separately over here.
Friday, 9 May 2008
3/4 cup of each: pinto, navy, lima, great northern beans and split peas
3 cubes veggie bouillon
3Tbsp. dried chives
1tsp. dried savory
1tsp. salt (only add this after the beans have cooked)
1 bay leaf
2-1/2 quarts water
14-1/2 ounces stewed tomatoes
*adding broken bits of dried kombu strips (about 3 strips) to when cooking the beans may help reduce the flatuence beans cause.
Sort and wash all beans. Soak overnight OR.... after washing beans put them in a large enough pot to completely cover with water and bring to boil; cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans. Return to pot and add spices and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and heat through.
**The method I use is to soak the beans overnight and then rinse them and add the water given in the recipe to cook them. I bring them to a good boil then lower the heat and add the seasonings (all except the salt, as adding this too early in the cooking will make the beans tough) to the beans. Simmer the beans for a good 1-1/2 hours or more (until beans are tender). The last step before serving is adding in the canned tomatoes (which I like to puree before adding to soup).
*** Don't forget to remove the bay leaf before serving.
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Monday, 5 May 2008
Wow! Does listening to these boys ever bring back fond memories!
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Saturday, 3 May 2008
These are named Fritillaria imperialis and I think their name suits them well - they do have a very imperial look to them (and sort of strange look too, but don't tell them I said that.) ;-)
Friday, 2 May 2008
Pets...there are times when I wonder what on earth possesses me to bring them home and then there are times that I can't imagine my life without them.
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Here is a little peek at the work in progress:
Front view and side view. It used to be grass all the way up and through the cedars. R created a magnificent wave around the tree and he plans to continue that pattern across to the other, smaller tree. In the cedar gap, we plan to build an arbour to house our bench in, and create the perfect seating area for watching the many sports that get played what's left of the grassy field.
Also on the go is a project to put a path around the garden to the side gate. I took charge of the grass removal on this one and thought I did a fair job - until dedicated and forgiving husband called me over and informed me (with a hearty chuckle) that the start of my line was less then straight. Well, I'd had a little problem working in the tight space by the tomato towers... yes, I could have moved them but then that would have made sense.
And our final backyard project for this Spring:
Lovely garden patio. We will remove the stairs and create a patio in our little garden oasis. Build better stairs, give that poor window a good wash, and spend the rest of the summer enjoying our yard.
Well, when we aren't working on the front yard ;-)