Thursday, April 26, 2012

Planning a Gardening Weekend

I went on a little photo expedition in our backyard today. Some of the "May flowers" are just starting to bloom in their full regalia. That purple iris is so stunningly beautiful, and the plant multiplies every year and produces more and more beautiful blooms.
The hydrangeas are beginning to flower and the viburnum is covered in white snowballs. Even the chives have blooms right now. I like that the chives flower because then they just reseed themselves and I don't have to plant them again. Chives are one herb that I like to use all year long.
I like to pick the lavender and put it in my bath at night, or sleep with it next to my bed for a relaxing aroma.
Does anyone know what that cone flower is? I have to find out, it showed up this year so maybe it is a weed...but a pretty one.

The mint that grows wild in one corner of our yard is a great companion to the limes on our tree.
Combined they make a delicious Mojito.

Mojito Recipe
makes one serving
10 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime, cut in wedges
2 Tablespoons dark agave syrup
1 1/2 fluid ounces white rum
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup club soda
Muddle the lime wedges and the mint leaves together. Mix the agave syrup and the rum and then add the the muddled mixture. Fill a glass with ice cubes, pour mixture over the ice and then add the club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig and a wedge of lime. These are great on a hot summer evening.

The potatoes are growing well and look healthy in the big trash bins that we have planted them.
I made a trip to our favorite garden supply store and bought a dozen tomato plants and a few other vegetables and herbs to plant this weekend. I am so excited to get back in the garden again. I just love to watch everything as it grows and flowers and finally produces fruit and vegetables we can eat.

I think we are only going to have a handful of peaches this year. Peaches only grow on new wood and I didn't prune the tree this year, so it didn't grow very much. This tree is so temperamental.
For every peach we are NOT going to grow this year I think we will have 10 Satsuma tangerines. Both trees are loaded with little baby fruits. I can't wait to peel one and have juice running down my arm as I bite into a juicy fruit.

We are going to need to do some work on Yak's pen.  It seems he has gotten big enough that he can climb his way over the 18" brick wall surrounding his home. For now I have put a temporary piece of fencing in the place where we think he can get out.

So, weather permitting, we have our work cut out for us this weekend. I can't wait!

Thanks for stopping by,



susan said...

A mojito with your own limes. I am so jealous!!

**nicke... said...

i wish i had a green thumb. mine is more orangeish pink... ;)

Flying Blind... said...

Oh have a lovely time out there, then please pop round and sort our garden out - it seems to have taken on a life of its own!

Annabella said...

Thanks for the lovely tour round your garden...are the cone flowers Red Hot Pokers? I bet those potatoes taste amazing with some butter and chopped mint.

Katy Cameron said...

Oh no, you're going to start teasing us with all your fab fruit and veg again now, aren't you? *sigh* You'll have to bring some limes for drinks in October ;o)

Geri Centonze said...

I'll be right over for a mojito - lol!

Phyllis said...

I love that blue or purple and white iris. Very unusual and I must try and find one. I love iris!

Cindy said...

That Iris is stunning. Check out the offerings at Argile Acres. It is an Iris farm not far from here. They have hundreds of different varieties.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

oh my!! I have purple iris but not that deep color...mine are a varigated...but I still love them...not in blossom here yet. I have seen the cone things; but don`t know what they are...they remind me of the lupin when they first start to blossom; a bit.....your gardens are lovely....

Danny Heyen said...

You would be so proud of me. I managed to NOT KILL my grape vine. I never remember to water the thing and I haven't pruned it in a couple years, but there are little grape-lings hanging there, growing up big and strong! I was so happy. I told my husband I was on my way to having a beautiful garden like Di. Then he snickered, said something under his breath and went inside.

Dianne Neale said...

That iris is wonderful. Sorry, I think the cone thing is a weed - maybe a plantain of some sort.

Josie McRazie said...

Can I tell you that mint is a thorn in my side! LOL Noone told me that it spreads and I put it in one of my flower beds and now it has taken over!!! uugh! How do I get rid of it???

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Di, You have a lovely garden with all the flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs! I'm in the Northern part of the country and the leaves just start to grow on the trees. I envy you to have so many things in your garden! :) Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing them!

JillsyGirl Studio said...

you have a very bountiful backyard!!