Thursday, 26 June 2008
or I'll collect the buds from some wild roses.
Not only are they lovely to look at, but the soft rose scent makes them perfect for potpourri or for other crafts. Go here to see what I made using rosebuds and petals.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
A couple weeks ago I ordered The Well-adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling from our library and now, whenever someone new to learning at home asks me for some book recommendations, I will tell them about this one as well. What a fantastic book for someone new to learning at home... and also for someone who has been at it for years. I think it covers every cause for concern someone (or someone's relative) could ever have. It is a very empowering book, it gives all kinds of supportive information in a very straight-forward, clear manner as well as lots of stories from homelearners themselves.
Monday, 23 June 2008
I was telling a friend that I had a few colours back again but I couldn't remember the colours. Yesterday I went out to take some pictures and found purple, light pink-ish purple, light yellow - almost a butter colour, and white.I quite like this white one because it has dark burgundy spots inside.
Thursday, 19 June 2008
From my kitchen window I can look out on these beauties. The colour of these roses are so rich and the rose bush is absolutely covered with blooms right now. They make me smile. I don't really have favourites, but it's these pink roses that I can't get enough of. Their scent is intoxicating and I always take time to "stop and smell the roses" - which is probably providing some amusement to my neighbours as this rose bush is located beside our driveway. Yes, that means I do stop to sniff the blooms each time I pass them - when I head out for a walk, when I'm leaving to do errands or when I'm carrying out the trash. Roses are meant to be enjoyed, I figure.
So, I may not be a great gardener, but I can certainly appreciate the treasures of a garden.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Monday, 16 June 2008
Heather was asking me about my blackberry bushes - when I planted them and how long did it take them to get big. I looked back in photos and found them looking very tiny, and therefore newly planted, in this picture.
This was two years ago and the first year we didn't get any fruit off it. The next year we got a fair amount, and this year I expect much, much more. Everything looks so tiny in this picture compared to now.
Friday, 13 June 2008
You know those kind of recipe books that have you drooling when you look through them? It's one of those. So many recipes with fresh veggies...makes me wish I had more stuff ready in the garden. Lucky for me I still have stuff from last year's garden in the freezer.
I used up the last of the raspberries to make these raspberry cornmeal muffins. Yum!!I was going to see if I could link to the recipe but I couldn't find it on their website. However, I did find lots of others and they all sound good. (I am sooo making the Rustic Summer Crostada as soon as I have enough ripe tomatoes) Here is the link.
And if you want another recipe link for a yummy treat I put the requested pear cake one here.
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
We especially like the gardening and lawn care DVD because my son found some helpful ideas on lawn maintenance. For the last year he has been mowing a neighbour's lawn and this year the neighbour asked him to research some natural ways to fertilize his lawn. W did this and the neighbour was pleased with the results and then asked him to find a way to do a natural weed control. After watching this program W has learned that corn gluten might be one of the ways to go.
Shows like this make me hopeful...hopeful that the tide is turning, that more people are starting to think this way, that we can make good choices, that we can make a difference with our actions.
Monday, 9 June 2008
1. Joy of Gardening
2. Food to Live By
3. Creative License
4. Anything Bill Bryson
5. The Green Gardener's Guide
6. Mrs. Miniver
7. Lambsquarters: Scenes from a Handmade Life
8. I Love Dirt!
I came home on Saturday to find a stack of holds that my husband had picked up for me. The only trouble is that there are just so many books to read and not enough time. I already had...ahem, quite a few on the go.I think Samantha was a little scared when she saw our book shelf of library goodies. ;-)
Saturday, 7 June 2008
This lilac was pulled out of a friends garden a few years ago. I had pretty much given up on it ever flowering when, surprise! This year it flowered and since it's close to my veggie garden, it provided lovely scents as a reward for my weeding.
Friday, 6 June 2008
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Here was our front yard with it's tiny little bean shaped garden, filled with rocks.
Then I met Heather. Heather came over with her edger and some plants and showed me the beauty of edging. I, always a diligent student, practiced until I perfected my edging. Then I kept going, edging more and more, and here is what we have today:
5 years ago:
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Here are our old ones on the other side of the pathway. (plus a volunteer Bridal Wreath Spirea in there)And tucked in back near the fence is this purple rhodo which is just coming into bloomAnd my mulch helper? From thisto this. He was wearing sandals. :-)I just noticed that the picture of the front yard above (with the pile of mulch) was taken a few weeks ago, look at the change in that short time.My goodness but flowers are magic.
Current pictures of the veg. garden are over here.