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.
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.