Thursday, June 9, 2016

Borage Love

Maybe it's really love/hate.
I planted the borage years ago, literally. 
It comes up all over the place, literally.
Cold compost, did you know when you cold 
compost you need to somehow kill the seeds etc
that lurk in your compost gold.
~
If borage wasn't already coming up everywhere, it really is now.
~
Did I mention I love borage?
It's beautiful, attracts pollinators and
has the most adorable flowers in at least 2 colors?
Blue and white.
~
If borage gets out of control it goes into the compost pile
duh, guess that explains why it's coming up everywhere!
BUT for some reason I don't mind, I love borage.




Blue and white growing side by side.
So much excellent information about the health benefits
are at Wikipedia.

Borage Love

Maybe it's really love/hate.
I planted the borage years ago, literally. 
It comes up all over the place, literally.
Cold compost, did you know when you cold 
compost you need to somehow kill the seeds etc
that lurk in your compost gold.
~
If borage wasn't already coming up everywhere, it really is now.
~
Did I mention I love borage?
It's beautiful, attracts pollinators and
has the most adorable flowers in at least 2 colors?
Blue and white.
~
If borage gets out of control it goes into the compost pile
duh, guess that explains why it's coming up everywhere!
BUT for some reason I don't mind, I love borage.




Blue and white growing side by side.
So much excellent information about the health benefits
are at Wikipedia.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Are You Busy?


Me too! I'm assuming you are busy,
At this time of year when the weather is just 
warming up I am so very busy.
The weeds are busting out all over the place
and I am trying my hardest to nip them
in the bud.
I'm also getting tired, burnt and worn the heck out!
~
The weeds here do very well and I've yet to 
get a grip on them, it seems when I win the battle
in one area I lose it in another. 
This is where the wildflowers resided last year
alas now it is where the weeds reside.
I have big plans for this area, if I can just 
get rid of the weeds!!!
These 2 areas are side by side.
Some plants, some weeds. Mostly the plants are getting moved
and the goal is to put fruit trees in here.
 It seems like these projects are slow to finish,
maybe because I'm now tired from weeding
and moving plants day after day.
I really enjoy fruit trees, this could be a mini orchard
and one day we can have dinner in the orchard
with our friends. Yeah that's it!
I'm so tired I can't see this ever getting finished
but tomorrow is another day and I
love working outside.
Now for the fun stuff!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dove Tree

As I was taking these photos I had no idea what
type of tree this is and I found out by chance
when browsing the arboretums website.

I wasn't looking for the tree's id
I was just looking around the website
so it was pure chance.
Originally I was going to ask my
blogger friend Grace because I know
she knows plants!
Dove Tree aka Davidia involucrata 





Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Different Way

I like to use different things in different ways,
a repurposing if you will.
I've always thought that I'm a tiny bit of pack
rat but not real bad or anything, there are no huge piles
of things to fall over and crush me (hoarding at it's worst).
My family comes by it naturally, my Grandma raised her children
through the Great Depression and she taught her children
and her Grandchildren to reuse as much as possible.

Sometimes I set something aside without knowing
what it will become. Sometimes it becomes nothing
and I send it on it's way but every once in awhile I
think of something....
A coffee bag.
Our lilac has to be trimmed once a year as it grows right
up next to the house. I saved the trimmings and this 
is what I made.

A Very Pretty Volunteer

This popped up last fall in this planter on the front
steps, I left it to see what beauty awaited me.

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.
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