Friday, April 16, 2010

Salad Pots

Salad Planters

I love to fill my pots with early spring flowers, I search out the first pansies, snapdragons, and sweet williams often donning a winter coat while I find them pot homes.

This year I decided to take a new approach. February and March were so wet....I just could not get into the garden to prepare it for early vegetable planting, so my spring veg’s and lettuces became my spring flowers.

It so far has been great! I have lettuce just outside my backdoor; soon I will have spinach, dill, arugula, carrots, greens, broccoli and even cabbage. I must admit I still planted Pansies at the Mailbox Garden......

Monday, April 12, 2010

Virginia Blue Bells

I love this flower...and so does my Mom. Perhaps because it is her name sake....Her name is Virginia! My spring wild flower garden steals my heart every time I step foot in it!!!

My the way, we accomplished a hugh task yesterday. All the trees are down in the Raspberry Patch. Randy and I have thorns and scratches all over us...but we are close to accomplishing the main goal of the season.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday's tidbit task

Yesterday's task was to again,see blog from last summer, rid the path to the gazebo of the Spurge.

I have been working to line the path with Lady's Mantle, Ground Roses and Hydrangea. But the Spurge keeps interfering with my plans. Although it is pretty this time of year as I do love it's yellow bloom in the spring.

All the yellow's contrast with the bright green new grass and thrill my senses. But the Spurge must move it just takes over. Notice I said just a spot yet designated. I simply can not throw plants away.

So Sunday's task is to move the Hydrangea and mulch! Sunday is not a day of rest for me.....miles to go.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bleeding Hearts

As a child, I use to love when this flowers opened. I would play with them.. when turned inside out , it looks like a lady in a bath tub!!!!

OK...... I admit I still play with my Bleeding Hearts.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

DILL : Herb of the Year

Dill is the Herb of the Year for 2010.

So I am going to make at least one recipe using Dill every week. In order to do this I will need lots of Dill, so I planted Dill in pots today, and will continue to plant Dill in the garden.

Here is the first of my Dill Recipes. I made this for Easter for my husband to take up to his Mom's for Easter. (I opted to stay home and work in my garden) Randy's Mom is on a no salt diet, I think she enjoyed this appetizer.

Egg Salad Crostini

Slice a whole wheat baguette into small slices and toast in the oven for about 6 minutes.

Let them cool completely.

Hard boil 3 eggs. After they have cooled, mash and add 1 TBLS chives and 1 TBLS Dill Weed chopped. Add enough mayo to bind.( I use Helmans with Olive Oil.)

Chop up about 3 ounces of cooked shrimp. Slice very thin 1/2 of an English Cucumber.

Take the toasted bread slices...put a tablespoon of the egg salad on the toast/ put a dollop of shrimp/ then a cucumber slice. Put a sprig of the fresh dill weed on top...

This is an adapted recipe from Weight Watchers. I found that I needed to add a touch of fresh grinded sea salt.

Daily Tasks and Tidbits from the Garden...

Each day I am going to make note of what I have accomplished in my garden. I tend to walk through my beautiful grounds and see only the weeds that I have not yet pulled and the tasks that I have not yet tackled . This is my new positive approach.

On my many walks with my dogs, I often see small special gifts from Nature. I am going make a special note on any flower,bloom, bug, weed,or animal in nature that made me smile!

My yard and life are full of blessings........I am going to look at my yard as an accomplished work of art and love and not as a burden.

So I may end up having two blogs in one day. Gardening is my soul, I am the happiest digging and planting. It is here that I solve issues and find peace. OK on a practical side as well, this will help me see I am continually improving and enjoying my ever changing and evolving gardens!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Daffodile Give Away

My Father loved daffodils. So I see him in every yellow flower I pick. He was a wonderful man who gave to all.... I find my soul every spring by giving

bunches of daffodils to all my special friends.

This is such a special flower....... I just leave them in jars I have collected all year on people's door steps....

Hi I love you!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Welcome Home

After being gone for over 10 days, we were amazed by how much Spring had sprung! All the flowers were coming on in their glorious,yellow's blues and purples!

As we pulled into the driveway weary from a long plane intoxicating scent filled the air. The Saucer Magnolias were blooming. Suddenly, I was thrilled to be back in Kentucky!

I have two of these fragile "perfumed beauties". Fragile because of the timing of when they open up. Often we will be hit with a frost and in that instant they are gone. But not this year.

Definetly these two trees have suffered with last year's ice storms but they have proved their worth for the Spring of 2010.

Now dearly a week since our return....the blossoms are falling. Drifting through the air like snowflakes and littering the ground with white and pink petals.

I am so thankful that I was home in time to breathe in the aroma and catch the petals as they fell. One of the many joys of Spring!


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