Thursday, April 21, 2016

A little bit of sunshine in the garden

It's amazing how a little bit of sunshine can make me feel,
even if I only spend a few minutes out there.
I've been trying to finish some indoor chores (yuck)
and then there is the groceries and cooking
and I've been recipe testing for my other blog.
I try to spend a half hour outside in the sunshine,
it makes me feel healthy - here are some
photos from the garden this week.
I'm not sure what this plant it, a mustard leafy type of plant.
There are still a few squash blossoms out there, they
almost look frosty in the sunshine!

These beauties still turn my head, (amaranth).

My mission fig has a few little fruits on it, I assume this is
the figs second fruiting of the season - I doubt they will
ripen before a full frost but then again you never know.
I want to say thank you to everyone that keeps stopping by,
I hope to be able to spend some time soon
visiting everyones blog -
I miss seeing all your beautiful flowers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

There's still sushine blooms coming from the garden

The recent sunshine allowed me the time to get out
there and see the sunshine blooms.
Calendula

Mexican Sunflower

Calendula

Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan and Callicarpa

And last but not least, a weed.

Mountain Mint


Pycnanthemum virginium
I've been growing mountain mint for a few years, mainly because
it is a native plant and well it smells like mint.
It's main use is as an insect repellent, just rub it on ya!

If you have irritated skin, mountain mint can prove soothing
to it, as well as it can soothe a toothache.

Mountain mint has many other medicinal uses actually,
check out this link for more information.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Faces

These cute little flowers always make me smile.
They come up all over the yard and a group of them has taken
over one of my garden beds. Yeah I left them!
They need to move so veggies can grow there
but honestly I enjoy them too much!
I am contemplating not posting on the weekends,
while I enjoy the blog I am always late
on the weekends.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wild Mountain Berries

For our birthdays we usually go for a ride in the Mountains, it just so 
happens to be the perfect time at the end of October.
The color in the Mountains at this time of year is stunning and as
an added bonus the communities on the other side of Stevens Pass
have a lot of orchards which means I get apples and pears
(which means he gets pie!). All in all a nice day trip.
rose hips

wild rose covered in hips
snowberry
elderberry

honeysuckle

Thursday, April 14, 2016

One a day in the garden, Lemon Balm

One A Day In The Garden, what is it? Each day a different picture will be posted, make sure to stop by often.
 

Lemon balm to me is a must have that I don't put much importance on.
Makes no sense really, I like the smell, I rub the plant on
my skin to repel insects and I ALWAYS grow it but
I don't love it.

These are current pictures which lets you know how
it holds up to our fall rains,
a hard freeze will cut it back though.

It's nice next to the fence, it peeks through, I like it.
As you go through the fence you brush against it,
I always run my fingers through it for the light lemon scent.

I like the way it looks, rather pretty
when the growth is new but kind of leggy as
it goes to flower. It goes to flower quickly but
it doesn't look so great if you cut it back.

Oh and I love it's name: Melissa Officinalis!
In my opinion it isn't a great herb for drying, the flavor
just doesn't seem to come through.
The only thing I use it for is herb water
on a hot summers day.

Herb Water
Fill a pitcher with filter water
Add a small amount of sweetener- 1tsp
your choice - honey, stevia, sugar

Fresh sprigs of your choice:
Mints
Sage
Rosemary
Stevia
Lemon Balm
Basil

Let stand for a half hour before drinking.
Serve chilled....
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