Wednesday, February 28, 2007
This is a small century plant that keeps the bromeliad company. Seems rather content, but with more light, it would probably be more compact. I suspect the roots have reached the bottom too. The damaged lower leaf was from the cutting required to remove it from the crowded pot it was in when it was tiny. Other than that, the leaves are beautiful and the face makes me smile in the mornings.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Has anyone planted peas yet?
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Sweet Nikko, below, hoping that "beets" taste like "treats"! She definitely knows what "treats" mean and I even think she knows how we spell it.
This list includes the vegetables and other plants I will be growing this year. I hope to get it in a better format, but this will do for now. I'm tracking it in an Excel file with sowing/growing information. Some of the seeds are left from last year and some were just received today. A few flowers and herbs are listed, but most herbs already in the garden are not on this list.
- Anise Hyssop
- Bachelors buttons-self seeded
- Basil-Spicy Globe Basil
- Beans, bush-Romano Gold
- Beans, French/Filet-Cupidon
- Beans, pole-Helda
- Beans, pole-Violet Podded Stringless
- Beans, runner-Scarlet Emperor
- Borage-self seeded
- Broccoli-Hybrid Blend w/ Southern comet, Everest, Small Miracle and Packman.
- Brussels Sprouts-Bubbles
- Carrots-Jeanette F1 Hybrid Organic
- Coreopsis-Tinctoria Mixture
- Echinacea-Purple (in the garden already)
- Fennel-Perfection, organic
- Four O'Clocks-Tea Time
- Garlic-California Garlic (?), planted Feb 10
- Garlic-Elephant Garlic, planted Feb 10
- Lettuce-London Springs Mix: Red Sails, Flashy Trout's Back, Outredgeous, Hyper Red Rumple, Capistrano
- Lettuce-Super Gourmet Salad Blend: Slobolt, Buttercrunch, Red Sails, Salad Bowl, Valmaine
- Marigolds-Mr. Majestic & other self seeded
- Nicotiana-Only the Lonely self seeded?
- Oriental Poppy-Papaver orientale "Karine"
- Parsnip-Harris Model
- Peas, snap -Cascadia
- Peas, snow-Oregon Sugar Pod II
- Pumpkins-Rouge vif d'Etamps Heirloom
- Radish-Easter Egg II
- Rudbeckia Hirta-Black-eyed Susan (in the garden already)
- Squash, winter-Delicata
- Squash, zucchini-Romulus PM
- Sunflower-Infrared mix
- Sunflower-Italian White
- Sweet Peas-Garden Orchids, perennial sweet peas
- Sweet Peas-Jewels of Albion, antique sweet peas
- Swiss chard-Bright Lights
- Tomatoes-Lemon Boy (to buy plant)
- Tomatoes-Sungold (seeds)
- Tomatoes-Sweet Million (to buy plant)
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Remember Blossom, my geocaching travel bug? See her release, more about geocaching and travel bugs in this post. Apparently, releasing a garden seeking travel bug at the end of the traditional garden season isn't a good idea. (Any type of garden, natural or tended will do, though.) She has finally moved a little and is in Utah. I hope she doesn't get lost before spring. I'd love to see some pictures of her travels, but none have been posted yet. Here is the link to track her travels. If you see her, please give her a tour of your garden (and post photos!).
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The library of my choosing is on the way home, but it is also near my favorite charity / second-hand store that just happens to be open a little later in the evenings. Thrifting and librarying all in one evening! That's my library card, above. Self-service check-out means more time for browsing (at both locations). I'm always watching for older or interesting items and just never know what I'll find. Tonight I was pleased to find this aluminum chair (and even with the comfortable curved seat bar) and solid stepping stool (I can see it in a colorful coat of paint). I have one aluminum chair now that came with DH years ago. It's always in the garden or barn, but it's getting very wobbly. They're so easy to move around and remind me of childhood camping trips.
And with the stepping stool, I can even reach the top of the white board in the barn! With no sheep supplies sharing the space now, I'll be doing a spring arranging in the garden shed part of the barn.
And the book? Two Gardeners, a Friendship in Letters, Katharine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence. This is the February selection for Carol's garden bloggers book group. Here is her post about it. And see this post about what happens next in the book club. I think Carol has some fans here locally as all of the copies were checked out.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Another lovely chalkboard drawing on the Territorial Seed spring catalog. There are a few things that TS doesn't carry, but I hate to do an order for only a packet or two from other company so I'll go with the NW regional offerings in it. (But I have ordered a catalog from other recommended company to peruse - a downfall to come I'm sure.) The list will be posted soon.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
It was only after I saw the photo that I realized there were tiny red blooms (see right side of photo above, or click on it to enlarge) to go with the catkins on this Contorted Filbert. (I was going to ask if the catkins qualified as blooms). Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’, aka Harry Lauder's Walking Stick.
I have Snowdrops! Others have been posting pictures of them, and I thought I should add some. Just happened to see these in a rough border under the cherry trees.
Is this moss in bloom?
The Heath and/or Heather is blooming in lavender and white. They really are a nice touch this time of year. I just didn't manage to get a photo today. I'm seeing lots of leaf and flower buds out there. A few more nice days and something will break loose.
Friday, February 16, 2007
This year's theme is "The Living Room" so there were many ideas for outdoor living room spaces. The many pergolas/arbors used in the display gardens often included a covering (like the clear one here) to protect from the "Seattle Sunshine" (rain). I didn't know the theme before I went, but this was just the type of ideas I hoped to find. The plants are always exciting, but display garden plants seem to have very little to do with reality, especially if one prefers low maintenance.
Unfortunately, the seed company I like was not there. Guess I'll need to get my internet order in. I did pick up a couple types of flowering sweet pea seeds. I wanted to add them this year.
Dear Husband didn't go with me, but I knew he would want to see this. How much fun would this be around the yard & garden!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
You can see some burlap coffee bags throughout used for paths or mulch, but the furthest area covered in them will be tilled up for two new beds this year (4 veggie beds now, will have 6).
Monday, February 12, 2007
Or, like today, when she's found an alternative heat source (vs. our laps) and she doesn't want the other cats to find it.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
No sign yet of mint, catmint, bee balm or catnip (although Emily was all over the spot where it grows looking for it).
Saturday, February 10, 2007
I didn't realize the Oriental Poppies (Papaver orientale 'Karine') would bloom frequently over the summer. Here is one of the flowers in September 2006 with a little rain damage:
Finally, the garlic is in the ground. I admit that I bought the starts (bulbs) in late October. Oh, but it has been so wet/cold since then! Surely, I was smart to wait (right?). Today the soil was very nice for digging.
In case you are wondering, the burlap green coffee bags you can see on the left side of the picture have been working hard all winter to smother/shade out the grass. This is where two new beds will go this spring. Here is the post about the new beds last year.
I also have to admit that I don't know exactly what variety of small garlic I planted. It's just called California Garlic. I know I should have researched, but it was one of those moments of weakness when I didn't want to spend more time hunting. Not that I would have known what to choose if I did have more choices. It was elephant garlic I knew I wanted and the local store did have it, so I got them both. How long until I can have roasted elephant garlic on the menu?
Please let me know your garlic tips and your favorite varieties so I can plan better next time.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Above left- Now can you see the curved scoring? Above right-just before putting double sided tape (or glue) along the skinny flap on the right side.
Above-Wrap the gift in some tissue or paper to keep it from moving around too much and drop in the container. Packets of seeds would fit just right, or in this case note cards.
A little ribbon or bow finishes it up. Of course it has to go inside a box if being mailed, like this one was.
It can be used again too.
DH & I have a little collection of nice containers and boxes we use for surprises and no further wrapping needed. The template for this one came from one we used for a while. It was showing some wear and I wanted to learn to make another like it.
I hope the post layout comes through to your computer ok - these side by side pictures seem to shift around some. And now I see the photos have gone wavy! Reposted so many times to get them in the right spot, I think I wore out the bytes. If you need clarification on any of them, letme know. Back to 'Allo 'Allo! now before the whole post goes wavey!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Every baking experience needs a special potholder, well, one for each hand. After taking the last of the pumpkin out of the oven last night using the darker blue potholder above, I decided to share it tonight. This collection has been given to us over the years by my sister-in-law. Yes, this is DH's sister who made the angel and the moose.
The top right one is a pieced Christmas work that provides year-round calm in the kitchen. I love the fabrics she uses. The green one is a wonderful garden of its own and should have its own picture so you can see all of it. The purple one is another year-round Christmas favorite.
Can you tell what the two round ones are from? Blue jeans! You can see where a pocket had been on the light blue one. I think these round ones were made for a fundraiser by a community group she's in. I must say every time I use them, I remark how wonderful they are. Just the right size for my hand and no corners to end up stuck in the food. The old denim has such a nice feel and they wash up very nicely. How lucky we are to have such creative and generous family!
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
So here's the recipe for those who want to give it a try. I'll be interested to know what you think and how you adapt it. Recipe comes with a quarter pumpkin for someone nearby!
Monday, February 05, 2007
This is pumpkin bread with spices & raisins. Tomorrow's breakfast.
The honey-pumpkin butter is done when it has the consistency of stiff apple butter when dropped on a chilled plate. Mine wasn't chilled, but I decided it was done. It will be good on plain bread. The cloves are a bit strong, but maybe they'll blend in after setting.
Here's a very determined Maria helping me inspect for the bread batter I splattered everywhere. Next time wear cute flowery thrifted apron, not robe & pjs! And use the deeper bowl. Looking forward to Wednesday when I can catch up with everyone's blogs.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
The other Wyatt's became Halloween decorations, so this is the first one I've cut. Seems to be a lot of pumpkin meat in there.
I have been cooking the smaller Snackjack pumpkins conveniently cut in half with shell side up. Since this larger one is more cut up, I added coverings just after I took the photo. This is just half of the pumpkin. I'll bake the rest tomorrow.
I'll mash up the cooked pumpkin tonight and make a pie or something tomorrow. Just saw a recipe for honey-pumpkin butter (like apple butter) I'd like to try also (From Asparagus to Zucchini-a Guide to Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce, from a community supported agriculture organization). There are still few other little pumpkins in the garage, but no more Wyatt's Wonder.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
On the other hand, the robins have been everywhere today. I was happy to see these two make use of the little garden pond off our patio and dining room. It isn't especially bird friendly, but the robins used the water plant stalks in their winter state to let them do a little bathing. I stuck the two tree branches in during the snowy weather since the pond did not freeze near the little bubbler, but the bird baths did.
The pond was in place when we moved here. It was very grown over and we've only tried to keep it a little more maintained.
I'd like to change out the invasive ground cover around most of it and come up with a wildlife & gardener pleasing plan this year. This is where the frog and dragon flies lived last summer so it must have some qualities they liked.