Monday, June 27, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We've had a week of rainy days mixed with sunshine. Our gardens are growing like crazy!
Above: Broccoli
Below: Corn and tomatoes with a layer of mulch. I started staking tomatoes. The lima beans and purple podded green beans are beginning to climb up the trellis.

Above: Squash is starting to come in. Yellow squash pictured. We also have zukes and white patty pans.
Below: Basil. Time to head to the grocery and stock up on vinegar for basil garlic vinegar. Pine nuts and Parmesan are also on the list. We freeze our pesto in ice cube trays, pop them out and store in freezer bags. Then we take out however many we need when we're ready to cook.

Above: Dill. We freeze fresh dill weed and dried dill seed.

Have a great week.

Until next time.....

Friday, June 24, 2011

Happy Bird-day

I was outside taking garden photos, so I decided to look inside the bluebird box to see what was happening. Much to my surprise, two of the three eggs hatched. Newly hatched baby birds! I quickly closed the lid, so as not to disturb them. At this point, Mr and Mrs B are used to me poking around. Bluebirds are one of the few nesting birds that don't mind if you take a picture or ten. I'll try to take more photos as the babies grow. This shot was taken on June 20.

Enjoy the weekend.

Until next time.....

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Vintage ruby red vintage glass prisms and beads are front and center on the workbench. July's birthstone is the ruby, so I'm designing a few pieces with these vintage beauties. They're either in the shop or will be there soon.
Enjoy the first day of summer. Our's is a HOT one!
Until next time.....

Friday, June 17, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We finally got a REAL rain! Two hours worth. That makes for one happy garden and gardener.

I hope you're getting the weather that your garden needs. Now to lay some mulch down.

Pictured from top to bottom are:

1. Garlic blossoms with bumble bee

2. Fried green tomatoes anyone?

3. Clematis

4. Tomatillo starting to climb

5. Lavender, astillbe and hydrangea

Until next time.....

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Settling Into The Summer Work Schedule

Although I've never been one for schedules or lists, in the summer I have what is the closest thing to a schedule. Early mornings, check Etsy. Then head outside to tend the gardens.

When the sun starts to bake my brain, I head indoors, shower and get to work in the studio. In the air conditioned studio. I have quite a few new pieces either in the shop or waiting in line.

Enjoy the lazy (who wrote that song?!) hazy crazy days of summer.

Until next time.....

Sunday, June 12, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

These pictures were from this past week. The gardens are growing like crazy, despite the fact that we've had zero rain. I've been watering and mulching like a mad woman. I think we're in for a long, hot summer. Again.

From top to bottom we have:


Parsley seedling with oyster shell marking. I use oyster shells to mark all of our plants in the garden.

Squash hill.

Dill and green onions.

Garlic blossom opening up.

Here's to a fantabulous week, hopefully with a splash of rain.

Until next time.....

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Rabbit Crossing

As cute as they are, rabbits are not welcome in my garden. The food that I grow feeds us for a year. I'm learning how to rabbit proof the garden and have been pretty successful with it, so far.
Below is a photo of the chicken wire that stands between the cute little bunnies and our beans. It worked last year. Here's hoping it works this year.
The earrings will be available in my Etsy shop some time this week.
Until then.....

Friday, June 3, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Above: Eggplant with a cap.
Below: Garlic beginning to flower

Above: Looking through the trellis of the half moon garden. You can see garlic, onions and eggpants. There are also a few early tomatoes, tomatillos, cukes, beets, morning glories and thyme.

Below: The blue rose continues to bloom like crazy! White rose growing in the background on the trellis.

And finally, some of the tomatoes right before they got transplanted into the garden.

I need to get out there and work before it starts to get hot. We've been having unseasonably hot temps in the high 90s.

Until next time.....


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