Archive for February, 2011

Morning Dew

An early start in the garden today means catching fresh dew on your plants…that will soon disappear. 

Sage

Potted sage

Broccoli, cabbage, and carrots ready to transplant

Beets and tomatoes

Blair is outside getting ready to transplant several things we grew this winter in the greenhouse. He already managed to get strawberries in the ground one morning before work this week (and before I had even gotten out of bed). He has the spring gardening itch.

We got a book for Christmas called Edible Landscaping from Blair’s grandpa, and it’s gotten us to think about new places in the backyard to landscape with edible plants. We choose a rock ledge to plant the strawberries above, in hopes they’d trail down the side of the ledge one day. We saved the pine needles from our Christmas tree to use as mulch over the strawberries.

A new gardening space for the strawberries

Pine needles as mulch for strawberries

Pine needles as mulch for strawberries

The winter greens we planted this fall are still going strong (because we caged them off from cats with chicken wire and covered them diligently through the frosts).

Romaine and mesclun blend

Romaine and mesclun blend

Romaine

Romaine

Andria’s Birthday

Today is Andria’s birthday, and I thought I would post it here. She and Blair are going out to eat at one of the italian restaurants on their 30 before 30 list.  Maybe one of them will blog about it. I am very lucky to have Andria for a daughter-in-law. I miss her and Blair too!

The seedlings are still growing and I didn’t take any photos today, but I will soon. They are getting their true leave now. I planted statice for Anne, but will have plenty to share and also planted Heuchera or coral bells this weekend for anyone interested in a lovely shade perennial. I hope I get a high percentage of sprouting on this one. The seeds were so tiny that I am still not sure where they went when I planted them.

I walk on the treadmill and sometimes watch Rachel Ray 30 minute meals. Her meals all  look delicious while she is cooking them, but one in particular stood out so I made it. It was excellent, and took me about 45 minutes.  I am adding the link now. Try it and see if you like it. I made it for dinner Sat night. Pat, Charlie, and Max came over, and I think they liked it. Rob too. I served it with plain pretend  brown rice. (quick cooking brown rice) and a green salad.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/beer-poached-pulled-chicken-mole-recipe/index.html

If  you make it, give me a report.

Rosienose’s Garden / Part 1

My garden consists of plants I like, plants I don’t, but I thought I would, and plants gone wild. Most of the aforementioned plants I have purchased or have been given and a few I have started from seed. Many are weeds or have become weedlike. I don’t have a green thumb, but I love to garden so my thumb keeps getting a little greener each year. Some would say that I have a green thumb, but I know that I work hard in the garden that I have. Most green thumb people I know just have the touch. Okay, I plan to take some photos of my garden, but concentrate on the cut flower part. I will take some photos of my tomatoes just because I love them so much and I raise them from tiny seeds, but mostly I will take photos of my flowers and a few bouquets because I love flowers too. I never knew how to make bouquets until I started gardening with my friend Anne. She is an expert bouquet maker so I owe my bouquet skill to her. Maybe I will feature her some time. I have several gardening buddies that I want to feature. My friend Pat has a very large garden on several acres. She is extremely busy constantly trying to keep up with that. It is beautiful! My friend Margie has an English garden design in her backyard. Very manicured with wonderful specimen plants and only a small amt of grass for the dog.  Anne’s garden is a sight to behold. It is also very manicured and well taken care of. All of these gardens have minimal weeds. But not mine. Blah Blah Blah

I have two sons who both know alot of  flowers and their names. I am extremely proud of them both for many many reasons -knowing flowers is only one.

 It is February and there is snow on the ground so it is time to plant seeds. Last week I planted eucalyptus, cilantro, parsley, bee balm, and butterfly weed. All  have germinated except for the parsley. The eucalpytus make great filler in bouquets. It loves hot sun and can winter over in Oklahoma if it is in a protected place. All my flower buddies love it so I grow if for all of us. The butterfly weed is a flower, not a weed, and attracts butterflies because of its color and nectar not because butterflies like to smoke it. haha  It is especially attractive to monarch butterflies so I am hoping to lure a few more of these to my garden this year. The bee balm has a spicy frangrance, lasts a long time in a bouquet and will grow in part shade of which I have a lot. The bees and other polinators love it for its nectar, and humans use it for tea, spices and medicines. I have read that it is a good companion plant with tomatoes. I will use it for bouquets.

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed seedling with its seed coat still attached.

cilantro

Cilantro babies

Rosie on snowy birdbath wishing it was spring.

This is the monkey man face on the tree outside of my upstairs kitchen where I grow my seedlings. I named it Monkey Man in honor of Andria.

Okay this is my first time blogging. Please make corrections, additions, or suggestions. I have lots more photos and many many more seedlings to grow.