Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Several years ago I started putting shade loving plants under this tree as a "temporary parking place". Then I started tweaking things a little and moving plants around-still with the intention of transplanting someday. This year, however, those little plants have grown up and really look great in my Shade Garden. Last nite we had downpours most of the evening and in the early morning light, the leaves looked irridescent with the moisture on them. I love these Hostas---I love all Hostas!Who knew there could be so many Hostas to choose from. In the 11:00 spot in the picture are a clump of Lillies of the Valley that my mom gave me from her yard many years ago. In the 3:00 spot are Astilbe--I am tying to mass these in a clump. I have 2 white flowering which will soon be moving to a new home to make room for more red ones. And remember-----read the sign and SMILE!
Monday, June 23, 2008
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 cups fresh fruit-sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in an 8-inch square or 9-inch round pan in oven. When butter has melted, remove pan from oven.
Whisk flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Add milk; whisk to form a smooth batter. Pour batter into pan, then scatter fruit over batter. Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tb. of sugar.
Bake 40-50 mins till golden and batter is set.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Today was Photography Day at Toledo Botanical Gardens. It offered an opportunity to wander TBG along with equipment and professionals from Castle Photo in Toledo. We were able to try different lenses etc and take seminars in composition etc. I loved the Macro lens and also found out that there is a whole world of settings on my point and shoot that I wasn't utilizing! And it was so calming and peaceful in that beautiful setting. I have been there for the annual Festival of the Arts, but it is so crowded on that day you cannot appreciate the beautiful gardens. We did find some humor in our pictures. The large peonies are actually glass and were made on site at the glass blowing studio. The pink allium were stunning----until one of the students in the class confessed that she is a member of the Garden and they after they finished blooming, they were spray painted pink!! We all laughed at that. The birdhouse was for sale and I was ready to buy it for our flower bed until I saw the sign that warned to be careful of the nesting chicadees. How sweet was that!It was a good day in the Garden and we found out in July and August, they host a Thursday evening Jazz concert. Bring chairs and a picnic supper and enjoy great music. Someone in our group, who worked at the Garden winked and told us they don't check what is brought in the picnic baskets----so we will be enjoying wine with our meal too!!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Garden is starting to come into glorious bloom. All that is needed is for the Endless Summer Hydrangeas and the Black Eyed Susans, but we will have to be patient. The Jackmanii Clematis is thick with purple beauties---on both sides of the trellis. And the OakLeaf Hydrangea that we planted last year has come into bloom for the first time. Behind it is Russian Sage which will have wispy purple blooms soon enough. And of course, the one armed gardner is busy at work on the weeds.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
The four of us are having a family photo contest and the first week went so well, I thought I would share our pictures. Each week(starting with Dan), one of us selects a word that the rest of us use to take a picture that we submit to a website that Adam put together. Then, we each judge the pictures(not our own) based on composition, theme and adherence to subject.
This past week's word was Chevron.Matt is starting the contest this week. Dan stayed strictly to topic with his Chevron shaped sign. Adam took creative license and titled his pic Chev-Run. I titled my picture I(Heart) (Peace Sign). Adam came in first, mine 2nd and Dan's 3rd. It is an ongoing contest and at the end of a time frame, we will award a "traveling" trophy. So far-So Fun! This weeks word(chosen by myself) is Green.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Nothing like a good Mojito on a Saturday nite to make a horrible week a little bit better. I just had to post this picture of Dan. He is finishing up odd chores before he is out of commision after shoulder surgery next Tuesday. After he put this little wind sock on our birdhouse, he was so proud of himself and thought he was king of the world!
So---since you aren't here next to us drinking a Mojito with us, I am going to post my recipe to make your week better too. It is strictly for medicinal purposes only. Oh--and Ella Fitzgerald on the CD player while sitting outside helps a lot too. Michele's Mojitos--the Real Thing
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 lime-cut into 4 wedges
- 2 TBL white sugar or to taste(if you have super fine sugar, that would dissolve faster)
- 1 cup ice cubes(I crushed in blender
- 1-1/2 fl oz white rum
- 1/2 cup club soda(we use Peligrino Mineral water)
Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge in sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release mint oils and lime juice(I don't have a muddler and used fork tines--but Dan is online right now ordering muddler.) Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar and muddle again to release lime juice. Do NOT strain. Fill glass almost to the top with ice. Pour rum over the ice and fill glas with club soda or water. Stir and garnish with lime wedge or mint.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence. ~Benjamin Disraeli
As you know, my mom has been hospitalized and it is so difficult to see her ill. Today after coming home from seeing her I took a long overdue walk in the garden and was rewarded by some unexpected sights. The periwinkle clematis was planted 2 years ago and is spectacular at last. I have narrowed my favorite perennials down to a short list of must haves and Clematis is at the top. I have several varieties in different parts of the yard. My mom always had a beautiful one too. The zucchini has blossoms and vegetables will soon follow. In another month, if you stop over, we will be begging you to take some home. And I have a new recipe I want to try--zucchini fritters. Stop over and we can have them with a nice hot tea. I noticed that Dan planted some Hens and Chicks in his old pair of hiking boots. He had these boots before we were married and I was so impressed with them. He bought me a matching pair for our first anniversary. Modern technology has made these heavy boots obsolete but I still have mine and still love them. Finally, our baby is growing. The Salsa tomatoes we planted from seed are shooting up. Again, stop in next month and we can have fresh Salsa along with our Zucchini fritters!