Saturday, July 20, 2013

Garden Memories



I spent some time this morning weeding in my rose bed, and it made me nostalgic for the flower beds I had created when we lived in Elizabeth, CO. Every time I added a new plant or rejoiced at the reappearance of a favorite perennial, I felt like an artist adding a stroke of color to my canvas. I love my flower beds here in Castle Rock, but they will never have the same meaning to me as those I left behind...

Pink Poppy


Gayfeather

Allium


Sunflowers

Purple Coneflower
A corner of the garden...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Yesterfood : Fresh Basil Pesto


Yesterfood : Fresh Basil Pesto: I just made this fantastic pesto. I only had enough basil leaves for half the recipe, but I'm hoping for enough more for another batch in the near future! We'll have it on some pasta tonight, along with some fresh zucchini from our garden.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Easy Like Sunday Morning

"There is not a spot of ground, however arid, bare, or ugly, that cannot be tamed."
                                                                         - Gertrude Jekyll


It's a beautiful morning here on Ridge Road. Larry got up early and transplanted the tomatoes and peppers into the little side garden.







The peppers and tomatoes got a dose of fish fertilizer. I fertilized the pots on the front porch, and then wandered around and took some pictures of how nicely everything is growing in our various garden spots.

The roses that were just buds yesterday are blooming this morning - 





Sweet William hanging out with the roses...


Bachelor Buttons peeking through the foot of the old iron bedstead in the rose "bed"...


I wasn't going to weed this morning since my knee really hurt after all of the getting up and down yesterday, but I couldn't resist pulling up just a bit more yarrow.



I'm not sure what these flowers are, but they come back every year in the "clothesline" flower bed.



The person who lived here before we moved in left behind a truck bed liner that Larry simply couldn't let go to waste. Last year he planted potatoes in it, which didn't do well, but this year he tried squash,
 and so far it's coming up nicely.


After the hail storm a few weeks ago, I thought for sure many of our tomato plants were destroyed, but thankfully they now have little tomatoes on them!




Larry busy weeding in the main vegetable bed...


Rainbow Chard

An onion amid the beans...

Enough work for today...time to enjoy the rest of Sunday...

Saturday Night on Ridge Road...

"Beauty is whatever gives joy."
               - Edna St. Vincent Millay

Larry & I lead a pretty quiet life. Granted, we throw in a motorcycle ride or a trip to the hot springs every now and then, but a typical evening for us in the summer is sitting on the front porch, me sipping a glass of wine and Larry enjoying a beer. This year I have managed to create the flower garden in pots that I have envisioned since we moved to this house. In years past, nothing seemed to flourish this well. Usually the hot sun would burn the flowers to a crisp, but since I'm home most days now, I can keep everything nicely moistened. This was my view last night...


These tomato plants that we started from seed are ready to go in the garden first thing Sunday morning...


The basil seedlings are coming along nicely. They have a ways to go before we can enjoy a batch of pesto or some basil mojitos!


 I'm really excited about the purple cayenne. I couldn't find any seeds  last year, but ordered them from Baker Creek Seed Co. this year, and even though only a few germinated in our downstairs grow chamber, they look great. The peppers will be beautiful once they appear!


 I'm especially fond of the pink dahlias in this pot.


The tarragon looks pretty with the violas...


This is where we relax most evenings...


I found this old sewing machine treadle years ago at a garage sale...





Time to go inside for dinner....



Saturday, June 22, 2013

In the Garden with Grandma


I spent some time weeding in my rose bed this morning before the day gets too warm. It will most likely be over 90 today. We already have the fans going, and it's only a little after 9:00 a.m. Oh, for a beach!

Whenever I spend time in the garden, I think of Grandma Ferguson. She definitely had a green thumb, as does my Mom. When I was a child, whenever we would visit Grandma in the summer we would leave through the backyard, and she would point out to my Mom all of the new flowers that had popped up in her garden and all of the new additions she had made. I can remember walking slowly through the flowerbeds with her, however I didn't appreciate at the time how much work she had put into making them the works of art that they were. I certainly do now!

Whenever I go back to Everett, the same thing tends to happen in my Mom's garden...wandering about and admiring all of the loveliness to be found there. I am thankful to both of these amazing women for handing down their love of gardening to me.


The roses are beginning to bloom ...






And the Bachelor Buttons...



I'm sure whenever someone at some point in the past planted yarrow in this garden, they thought it would be a lovely addition, but it has gone completely crazy! I pulled up buckets and buckets of it this morning, and there is still much more that will just have to go. I like to leave some, because I truly do love the look of it...but a little goes a long way!



Time to hop in the shower and wash off some of the good garden grime!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Goldfinches, Rosebuds, and Lawnmowers

It was about 88 degrees yesterday, and 85 in our little house! Larry bought a new tire for the lawnmower, since the old one was beyond repair, and the grass REALLY needed mowing. He put it on the mower yesterday afternoon, and sat down in the shady side yard to read for awhile.

While we were relaxing in the shade, we saw the first Goldfinch of the year.

 I went into the garage and filled up the thistle seed sock (hard to say!), and hung it in its usual spot. Unfortunately, the Goldfinches didn't discover it while we were sitting there, but I'm sure it won't take long.


  Before long, Larry put his book down and decided that it wasn't going to get any cooler,
 so he'd better start mowing!


 While he was mowing, I wandered around the yard and took some photos...

The clematis is coming along nicely...



The bench under the spruce tree.


My baby Nasturtiums - I always have a difficult time getting them to survive here - I hope they make it!

Pine cones on the patio...




Nearly all of the rose bushes are covered with buds...


Some of my "yard art" - an old jack...


Dandelions... about to be blowing in the wind.


Time to move to the front porch before going inside for dinner...