In a vase on Monday 5.22.17

Apple blossom time on The Hill! Dear sweet pink tulip only gave two blooms this year.  They match beautifully with the pink blush of the buds. I’m so inspired by the artful arrangements each week for In a Vase on Monday.  I took extra care setting the background and placing the tulips.  Harry had me set it up so the western light would light up the arrangement without sacrificing true color. 


The overhead view.  The little blossom nestling the tulip is especially endearing to me. Cuddling up.

Come and meet the apple trees on The Hill.  I had a lovely a photo inventory walk.  I plan to photo the apples that come from the trees.  They have different ripening times from mid summer to late fall.  I don’t know any names or varieties….yet!


Cannabis in May

It is a joyful and triumphant act to be able to legally grow our medical cannabis.  I don’t know what’s going to happen with the reactionary crazy folks in charge now.  We will continue to get up and stand up for our rights.  I am just too old to go back to crawling in the woods for guerrilla growing. 

They were started from seed. I snipped off the tops and the side branches are looking good. The strains are claimed to be Orange Crush, Chronic and and Master Kush.  Hard to know what seeds actually are when you work with male and female flowers.

I have great respect and admiration for my husband. Harry is a true warrior in the cause of cannabis liberation. He spoke out and was derided and ridiculed.  He stood up for cannabis and spent his time in jail.  But he didn’t stop and kept calling us together to free the weed.

Hey baby, There ain’t no easy way out. Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down.

Tuesday View 5.16.17

Not a lot but of new action this week.  We had days and days of rainy cold weather. I planted petunias and transplanted some sweet William and they made it through the chilly damp just fine. 


The petunias should cascade down the bank. I still need to haul the roots up to the top of the hill.  I’d like to put them along the boarder line up there.


Tex’s yellow rose has strong growth shoots this week.


The lupine is very happy and did grow some this week.


You wouldn’t guess to look at it, but this little shoot will get 7-12 feet high and produce copious amounts of yellow sunflower-like bloom. I’ve been digging them out hard but I know they will come up all over.


Cathy at Garden Dream at Chatillon suggested this might be helenium. It is certainly healthy! 

The lilac buds are a little bigger too!  Have to look close but there is a little bit of change this week

That’s it for the Tuesday View this week.  Thank you Cathy at Words and Herbs blog for hosting this project.  I’m looking forward to going looking at the other garden views!


In a vase on Monday 5.15.17

This vase started with a flowering grass bouquet Harry brought me in from the yard during the Mothers Day drenching!  We marveled at the soft purple tint of the seed head and its determination to regenerate.  The Sorbet and Penny pansies with Durango marigold looked so sweet that I put them in the vase too.  The vase is a little shot glass we use for tiny blooms and bouquets.  Deadheading pansies and marigolds is a regular task now. It’s a joy for this Deadhead mama, just “skimming through rays of violets” in my “sunshine daydream.”
And the view from the top:

II do enjoy preparing a weekly arrangement and post for In A Vase on Monday.  It’s a garden “meme” hosted by the Cathy at the Rambling in the Garden blog.  I look forward to the other blog posts and seeing their arrangements, flowers and reading about them. It’s my online garden club!

May Garden Tour

It’s that time of year when we wake up, head outside to the garden and keep working until the day is done.  Pacing is crucial and timing is everything.  Come on along and see what is coming up and going on in the gardens.

Harry is pleased with the spring picking of parsley. His nettle patch is incredibly verdant this time of year.  Fresh baby nettle tips are tasty this time of year.  It does sting to work with them.  I started out with gloves, but ended up bare handed before I was done preparing the nettle leaves for parsnip curry.


Nettle or Urtica dioica, a prickly sort of friend, up close in glorious green. Did you know nettle is a hollow stalked plant like catnip and hemp?  It makes a nourishing tea and Harry says it has more protein pound per pound than beef steak.  Really, Mr. Brown?


Rhubarb is just about ready for a first picking. Harry’s roses look super. He has been caring for them ever since they arrived in the garden.



Catnip abounds!  Our sweet hillcats, Purrly and Jacqui, love to roll around and nibble on the catnip.  It is a healing herb too.  Catnip tea soothes little ones when they don’t feel good and helps with tummy ache. It also has a hollow stalk stem and is a smoking herb. Folks I know have smoked it to ease out of smoking tobacco.



Another one of Nana’s garden statues. I think the child is waiting for strawberries.  My garden buddy, Andy, said they look good. I’m not sure yet.  Still,  I’m dreaming of shortcake and whipped cream.



They look like bare twigs right now, but they will become Prelude raspberries by next year.  Another addition from FEDCO trees.



Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum is one of my long time favorites. It makes the BEST herb ice tea I have ever had.  It has a sweet licorice flavor and doesn’t need sweetener. A fresh sprig infused in water is so refreshing.



The early lettuce has been outside facing the elements and is fully acclimatized. It’s from the FEDCO organic mix.  I haven’t yet identified the varieties yet.



The first planting of lettuce mix and scallions from under the row cover and greenhouse plastic.  I’ll keep the row cover on to protect my salad greens from flea beetle destruction!



Buttercrunch and anuenue lettuces ready for transplanting.  Greens Mix, Afina cutting celery and celeriac root are ready to go in too.



My prairie rose started with a tiny rooted cane that came up when I was weeding out around the gravestone of my great-great-great-great grandfather Moses Patrick.  I kept it in moist paper towel and plastic bag and was amazed when the first leaf came out.  Bringing it all back home…



The pansies, crazy daisies and alyssum seedlings are used to being outside now. The boxes with marigolds and zinnia still need protection at night.



The hollyhock row behind the pansies was created by digging up hollyhocks that were coming up in other places and planting them together.  I’m sure there will be renegade hollyhocks too!



Close up of the garlic patch.  Our music pink has four giant cloves.  The seed garlic came from Amy LeBlanc’s Whitewater Farm around 2005.  We almost lost it when it was all sold at the Common Ground Country Fair, but luckily our garden buddy Andy had grown out his music pink from seed I had given him.  Most of the garlic patch is braiding garlic.  I like making the braids as gifts for friends and family.



I worked at the  Scatterseed Project for Will Bonsell for a few years. This is a rutabaga variety that Andy has been saving seed from for over 10 years.  I’m hoping to grow them myself this year. (He keeps saying it’s my turn)



Tax day peas are looking super.  This planting is Green Arrow and Topps. There is hope for peas by 4th of July, indeed. We are still waiting for the second planting to emerge.



I’m pretty sure this is St. John’s Wort.  I’m giving it extra love and care just in case.  This medicinal herb makes a lovely red colored oil, that I make into salve for Harry to heal burns, bruises and scrapes of all kinds.



The mighty comfrey growing strong and green.  I found a comfrey friend from central England in this new world of garden blogging. It is a super compost tea for plants.  My method is to fill a bucket with nettle and comfrey, fill it up with water, cover and strain out when it starts to get smelly. Powerful.



Rex is ready to romp!  Patrikyia’s wheelbarrow and the tub are cleared out and reseeded with a shade mix I picked up at Reny’s There is germination and I am hopeful.  It’s under an apple tree and has partial shade, so I  planning to fill with impatiens flowers again.



Another addition from Nana’s garden statues. A saucy faced frog sitting on the shade.


The next three pictures are spring wilflowers: violets, trout flowers and a delightful trillium.


The last hurrah of my sweet petite trumpet daffy dills.


The results of spring transplants from divisions and cutting. Shasta daisies, sedem, Harry’s roses, comfrey, rhubarb, strawberries, hollyhock and sweet William.  It’s been dandelion days on The Hill, the greens of the season on our menu, along with fresh nettles.


And look who I found backing into one of the Rose pots.  This hoppy toad wanted to stay put.  I sang a little song and let toady be.


Lots to do and a short time to get it done…..

But today I am content to be a rainy day woman

Tuesday View 5.9.17

It’s been a cold rainy week in The Hill. The fields and trees are taking a cool deep drink of water. It was a chilly 40 degrees F this morning, but blue sky and sunlight called me down to the Memorial Garden for my Tuesday View.

There is not a lot of dramatic change this week. I worked on landscaping, shaping and extracting rhizomial grasses.  The garden is heart shaped with two smaller interior hearts. It’s a whole lotta love


Let’s “dig, dig, dig a little deeper” and see what is new this week. If you look close the heart shape becomes apparent. Tex’s rose and my unknown vibrant green clump look great!  I’ve used coco coir as an amendment.  


There are three lilac bushes. I cut this whole one back severely to bring out the strong new branches. 


This lilac bush was pruned more moderately.  I left most of the bottom growth alone. 


I’ve left this bush alone to see what it will do. It’s really scraggly but majestic in its own way though.


The lupine is vibrant and looks very happy.  I planted Majestic Giant pansies around it. 

Digging around through the sod filled areas I found this perennial plant.  I’m not sure what it is, I suspect echinacea.  Time will tell. 


Any ideas about this plant? It will be easier to identify once it sets flowers.  Curiouser and curiouser…


The real work of the week in the Memorial Garden.  Hours of digging, sifting and teasing out these roots.  If I don’t do the work now, it will be near impossible as the soil settles in.  I know I didn’t get them all, but I did slow them down some.


My roots go down, down to the Earth.

The Tuesday View is a weekly snapshot of the same place in the garden.  Garden bloggers from all over share their “meme” at the Words and Herbs blog. It’s a place for “all who appreciate the beauty of words, flowers and homecooking.” 

In a vase on Monday 5.8.17

 I had to run outside early to gather the Nanking cherry blossoms before the general drizzle started up again.  They are a happy heartsong every spring. The wee little red maple leaf caught my eye on the way back to the house. It’s the last hurrah for Narcessi. The tiny yellow trumpet hiding in the center is super cunning to me. I call the others my frilly daffy down dilly.  Durango marigolds and Sorbet pansies in the window box.


The Nanking cherry bush in full spring glory. When the blossoms cover the ground they look like pretty pink snowflakes.  I also cut early branches and bring them inside to extend their flowering season. It’s been here since 2002, another FEDCO addition to the landscape.

Mamma Maple setting out her flowers. The trees are waking up and showing soft color before going green. The sickle bar mower has been parked for a couple of years now. 

A full vase of sweet frilly daffy downdillies I picked for the supper table on Friday. 

The new growth on the cactus has been amazing to watch. 

I’m posting “In a vase on Monday” with other garden bloggers on Rambling in the Garden. Check out the variety of colors, textures and glorious presentations. 

What shall we say? Shall we call it by a name?  Let it grow!