Sunday, May 20, 2012

 Well, look at that.  I'm still finding surprises in the perennial bed.  This is a patch of rhubarb that I was thinking must have died when it didn't appear with the others.  But here it is, just coming up now.  Almost a month later than the rest.  What is that telling me about the soil?  the weeds?  the moisture?  Nothing good, I'm sure.  A good dose of compost and wood chips will help it out.

 This bunch on the other hand, is looking absolutely divine!  It's really liking the compost and wood chip treatment!

 The daffodils are in full bloom now.  They're so pretty and cheerful.

 I took the pop bottle tops off of the transplants.  Most are looking pretty good, like this English Thyme (hopefully), but I do have one nasturdium that may have gotten a little too fried to survive.

 I'm not sure what these are.  They were growing in a random patch on the lawn when we moved in, and after being run over, stomped on, mowed down, and eaten, I decided to transplant them into the perennial bed two years ago.  Then they were dug up by Pig, stomped on, eaten, and choked out by weeds.  Some plants are really determined to grow!  I'm looking forward to seeing what they do!

And here's a pic for kymber.  Yesterday's dandelion fritters.  I had to hold #3's hands back to snap a picture of his plate.  They were eating them faster than I could cook them!  And I never did make a plate of my own, just munched them hot, as they finished cooking.  I sliced up an apple before I started the dandelions, for the picky eaters, and battered them as well.  It was quite a surprise when even Husband said he preferred the dandelions!  Definitely a hit!  Served with blueberry sauce and maple syrop.

This morning I went out to the greenhouse at 8am, and it was already 26°C in there!  I worked on the tomato, onion, and carrot section at the back and on the left side.  I transplanted the last batch of tomatoes I started, which might be a bit backwards, but again, if I lose them I won't take it as hard as if I lose the bigger ones.  It was 35°C in there when I left at 10am.  It's going to be a hot one today!  We're supposed to hit 31°C outside today.  I might have to lift the sides on the greenhouse to keep things from frying in there.

Still 3 weeks before frost free, but I don't care.  I think we're past that stage for this year.  The garden planting is in full swing.  Once the shade hits the perennial bed I'm going to start transplanting herbs.

Husband and the Bigs have gone to a friend's for a load of free tin.  The friend has a couple of buildings to demolish.  The tin will make better roofs for the lean-tos than the tarps and plastic we have been using.

What a great long weekend!


  1. thanks so much for the pics of the fritters Wendy - i never thought to have them with blueberry jam - what a great idea and i bet it tastes great! i will try to keep jambaloney from seeing this post as when he hears of the free tin, he will probably cry. and he is not a pretty cryer. like not!

    so glad to hear that everything in the garden/for the garden is coming along so well! your friend.

    1. lol. Don't let Jam cry. He's doing awesome with his own free stuff! (and I am totally jealous too, lol)!

  2. Wendy,
    It is amazing how some plants thrive no matter what. Then, there are the ones we baby, whisper to, plead with, and pet that just die! Those fritters must be delicious. I am going to find some dandelions and feed to exbf when he comes on Tuesday. If there are no flowers, maybe we will just eat the greens in a salad. I do like bitter greens and so does he. He is good about trying things unless there is basil, eggs, or tuna in the dish.

    Free tin is something I could use to protect hens from the rain. The new, free tarp I had put on there in the fall won't last long.

    1. Yes, the tin is definitely a boon! The family was well worn out getting it though!

  3. Your mystery plant looks like a lily to me.

    1. Thank you! I'll keep my eyes on them and you can check them out this summer!