Friday, May 20, 2011

Mallow Hollyhock

My friends next door came home with a new plant.
Just love it!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Me and My Shadow

Summer Snowflake and well, I thought it was a tulip but it’s more like a daffodil…what is it?

I normally work very hard to avoid a shadow when taking photos.
Something about these flowers and their shadow amused me.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

TIP: Lilacs

Don’t you just love this hammer?
My Dad gave it to me when I moved into my first place.
I hope to never need to replace it.

Lilacs last for far too short a time,
both on the shrub and especially in the vase.
To make them last longer hammer the stem so it splits
And you will get several more days in the vase.

The smell is simply amazing.
I have to admit I carry these blooms to each room to go to
so the smell permeates the room.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Seedlings: Hardening Off

This year has been the best year of hardening off yet.
No casualties, no singed leaves, perfection.
Except, spring just won’t fully arrive!
Last night we were in the 30’s as well as the night before.
I was so worried about the tomatoes and cucumbers
I chose to bring them inside the house
as I was concerned even the garage wouldn't be warm enough.
Here’s hoping I can begin planting my annuals this weekend.
My bottle seedlings (right) did quite well!
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The tomatoes didn’t seem to take but the perennials grew at a similar pace
as they would outdoors.
Definitely worth trying again as it freed up a lot of space in the basement.
So many plants, so little space…

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Brunch and The Vadalia Onion

One of the many things we love about the weekends
is we eat when we want,
not when we are expected to.
Free of the established schedules of the weekday
I tend not to eat before 10am.
Well, what typically happens is I begin thinking about what I want to eat around 10 and really eat around 11 / 11:30 am.
A perfect time for brunch and likely how brunch originated, from similar minded souls.

Yesterday on our way to breakfast (yes, really brunch)
we did a quick detour when we saw Shriners selling bags of Vidalia onions.
Those poor guys were out in some unseasonably cold weather,
a very windy and rainy 40 degree day.
I was thrilled to obtain the first Vadalias of the year.
This morning I decided to sauté one and stir it into some tiny french lentils.
I was going to top it with a poached egg but
where did my poacher go I wonder…?
Ah well, I had enough to eat with some strawberries and sliced ciabatta from Trader Joes
with a bit of camembert we picked up at the Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park.
The cheese maker and owner of Alemer Cheese Company, from Mankato Minnesota ,
was providing samples and it was an easy sell.
It’s so good!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tulips at Sunrise

My neighbor planted a plethora of tulip bulbs last year.
There is something about this bloom.
Just love the way the yellow fades into the rosy red.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Pretty in Pink ....ranunculus

Ranunculus is one of my favorite flowers.
I rarely plant them in the garden or planters as they don’t last long in the spring
and I tend to shop for longevity.
Something I’ve discovered this year is they start the day in a tight bud
and slowly open with the sun.
This one is such a pretty pink.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


My Pulmaria is in full bloom.
I do love these little flowers.
The blue is so intense and as the bloom matures it turns into a deep violet pink.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Grass Wars


As I have mentioned previously grass seems to love residing in my garden beds.
It is a constant battle.
This year I’ve come to the reluctant realization
I can’t continue to protect my existing plants
and my wonderful soil when battling the grass war. *
As a result there have been several casualties
in the plant retention department
and replacements are on the on the way.
This euphorbia is one of the replacements.
I bought it mainly for the beautiful foliage
but the blooms are rather interesting
and certainly offer variety to spring flowers found in the garden.

*While I am trying to maintain some tough love during grass removal I am still trying protecting my fantastic earthworms whenever possible. I’m sure I am a source of amusement to my neighbors as I coax (manually and verbally) the worms out of each clump of grassy dirt.