Saturday, August 1, 2015

First Recipe

Ok. My husband loves cucumbers fixed this way. Since he was kind enough to help me pick today. I made it for him. And hey it used up 4 cucumbers.

In a large bowl combine 1 cup mayo, 1/4 cup sugar ( I use Splenda ) 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 4 cups sliced cucumbers. Mix all together then add fresh dill weed. Let this sit in the fridge for about 2 hours. Yummy

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Over whelmed

So maybe I planted too much. But I love fresh veggies. I just got all of the last couple days veggies processed and then here we go again.

These are the veggies from the last three weeks. So does it make sense to buy a freezer so I can save all this goodness knowing that the freezer cost much more than buying the veggies ?

YES. I will start canning. I love it.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

The Naked Ladies are Back

One of my favorite mid-summer events is now occurring: The Lycoris squamigera,  I.E.  Naked Ladies, Magic Lilies, Surprise Lilies or Resurrection Lilies have returned!

Some twenty years ago, during the first couple months in this house, I notice a lot of green foliage appearing in random groupings. The leaves were very dark and glossy, wide and arrow like in shape. But no wonderful bloom ever appeared. If I had not been so overwhelmed with the move, I might have aggressively dug the up the bulbs, thinking they were worthless.

However, am I every glad I waited because just about this time 20 years ago, the arrow like spears began to shoot out of the ground. The end result were beautiful trumpet lily blossoms.

I had not seen these in Indiana, although I am quite sure there are "Naked Ladies" in Indiana and now I have shared them with my sister, so there you go.  They can be transplanted and it does help the bulbs to be divided very now and then. But do beware, these "Naked ladies" become a little disgruntled when disturbed, so you pay the price and they my not bloom for a couple years.

Just a few Hints:

#1   I have been slowly moving the "Naked Ladies" to flower beds. If you have an obsessed mower as my husband can be, the tender bloom shoots can be mowed over. I would have thought that showing him where "Naked Ladies" would appear if he was careful would be motive enough!

#2 Be  careful who you tell about the "Naked Ladies" in the front yard. I heard a story about man who was going to his choir practice at his church. He shared with  the Music Director that he had several
"Naked Ladies" popping up in his front yard. The story goes that the Director looked at him in amazment and replied... If this is true, why the heck are you here?

 All kidding aside I am so happy the previous owner of this it the missionary, or the retired author, the psychiatrist, or the original owner looking for a country escape from the big city of Louisville, felt the need to plant "Naked Ladies" in my front yard!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lilies everywhere

I love the lilies and they are exceptionally beautiful this year. These flowers deserve special attention. Plus the bees love them ! I am going to do some research on proper care and give them some TLC.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015


 This are the Easter Lilies from my Mother's Memorial a year ago. They bloomed last Easter, then again the first of August for my Parents Memorial Celebration and finally the end of October when my sister went into the hospital. They are vey special indeed.

June 11 was my sister's birthday and they started blooming right around that time. Also a beautiful Red Cardinal has been flitting in and out of them (my father loved Cardinals)

I miss all the loved ones who have moved on so very much, but I always feel their presence in the gardens surrounded my all the flowers and nature they loved!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spring Goodness

So excited. My strawberries are producing, I have sugar snap peas, all kinds of lettuce, greens and kale. Does it get much better. Will blog more later.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Pops of Yellow

All this rain has given me tons of wonderful color in the gardens. I love these Celandine Poppies or Wood poppies

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