Tuesday, December 23, 2008
In just a few months, this area will be filled with tulips, hyacinths and daffodils!
And soon spring crops will be growing here, spinach, lettuce, etc.
This will be home to tomatoes, zucchini, etc.
Next year we'll see daffodils, hyacinths, day lilies, yarrow, creeping phlox and hydrangeas here:
And come summer we'll have pots of basil, rosemary, oregano and thyme here along with hanging baskets overflowing with bright, sun-loving flowers!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2009!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
And my first pumpkin pie, from roasted local pumpkin! It was delish, and I hope will be just as good when I make one for Thanksgiving on Wednesday.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Heart shaped produce is fun!
I picked red cabbage, lettuce, brussel sprouts and some more carrots from the vegetable garden today. I'm not sure Steve will blog these or not, so I'll put them here, just in case!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
We've had frost, but I don't think we've had a hard freeze yet. This past weekend I finally did some work in the gardens. I cleaned things up, cut things back, and planted mums, asters and bulbs. Hopefully the mums and asters will make it through the winter to next year.
I added bulbs on the west, front side of the house to try and balance things out. Hopefully next Spring I'll have a shot of tulips, grape hyacinths and daffodils here!
Some things on the patio have not been hit by frost - one impatiens, a firecracker fuscia, and the eucalyptus.
The Japanese maple out back looks nice!
And this is that bush that has great little white flowers in the spring.
And the miscanthus looks pretty good, too! I should move these out from behind the Rose of Sharon.
The herbs are still doing okay, and it's going to be in the 60's the next few days, so I haven't done anything with them yet.
The Tabasco peppers were just ripening when it got cold, but we still got a few red ones! When Caleb and Ethan were here, Caleb ate one! He suffered for it, and ate another one two days later, the crazy kid.
And I made applesauce. We have 20 more lbs of apples in the fridge downstairs, I'm going to make pie and hopefully apple butter next weekend.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
On September 20th we had "Brunch in the Fields" at our CSA, it was absolutely a beautiful morning and a wonderful event! Here is the set up before we all sat down to a delicious homemade from local stuff brunch!
Tomatoes kept both of us busy in the kitchen one weekend in September. We bought 50 lbs. from one of our favorite farmers, froze some and Steve also made sauce. After ruining a few t-shirts this summer I finally started wearing an apron while processing stuff!
The roses were blooming again late in the month.
The firecracker fuscia that Mom brought us is still going strong.
The aster is blooming, and looking good!
And this little guy (or one that looks just like this one) was in our green beans earlier in the summer, and here it is on our neighbor's house.
Monday, September 1, 2008
A woodpecker on the sunflower out front! (Sorry this photo isn't so great, I stood out on the porch in my towel after getting out of the shower to try and get a shot, so was in a bit of a rush!)
The pear trees are full of pears, and we have started picking - yum!
The sunflowers are still doing really great!
The peppermint rose is blooming again.
We learned a few years ago how absolutely beautiful cotton flowers are, so each year we grow a few - not only because it's kind of neat to pick cotton in our backyard, but for the flowers as well.
And, we had the most delicious, colorful, local dinner the other night. Everything is local, even the sausage is from the northeast. Green beans, cremini mushrooms, purple potatoes, red and green peppes, onions, tomatoes...yum!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The hollyhock Lisa brought me on Memorial Day weeknd is blooming, but it is short! The ones Mom brought us have not really grown either. I'm hoping they'll all flourish next year.