Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Has Arrived

What is Spring without the wind and the rain. I know, I know
you want a perfect weekend. It will happen. With what is going
on out in the world we have to be grateful for our moments.
Enough said!

I'm sending you sunshine today,

And ducks enjoying a swim,

And flowers waiting to be planted,

And keeping busy. (Ron and neighbor Eliana)


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Remembering What's Important

                                               ~John Muir, environmentalist

Today is an opportunity. Events are being held globally to support
a movement that puts environmental concerns to the forefront.
More than a billion people will gather for festivals, rallies, many
activities that will build community awareness on what we can do
to protect and keep our planet healthy. We are the caretakers.

 Earth Day is a call to action

How can you a steward of the environment!

                         ~Chief Seattle                                          

Friday, April 17, 2015

Garden Chores Everywhere…About Clematis

This past weekend brought sunny days and warm temperatures.
Much to do outside and it seemed everyone had mowing on their
list. Our goal was to empty out the Potting Shed and the storage 
shed which contains my bird houses, the "Ladies" of the garden
and all the other yard paraphernalia, or stuff as Ron calls it, that
I need to decorate my garden areas.  I like to think of my entire
yard as my garden space and by definition it's my "fertile and
delightful spot or region." 

And while wonderful hubby did his thing, I cleaned up the beds.
This involves starting at one side of the house and working my  
my way around to the back and finishing up in the herb/perennial
garden. There were a lot of sticks and leaves to pick up, mulch to
turn over, Phlox to trim, then tidying up the edging. I decided to 
put the sheep and baby lamb in the front yard this year, like it? 
Ron needed neighbor Dathan to help in moving the sheep.It is 
very heavy…solid concrete!

I wanted to show you the Hostas coming up, see picture left, and 
the Hydrangea, on the right. The picture above shows what they 
will look like in full bloom. This variety of Hydrangea called 
Annabelle or "mophead" is now 16 years old. It blooms on old 
wood and on new, sending our runners underground and you 
might be able to see the new green growth in the center and on  
the old wood. I severely trim this variety to about 6 inches above 
ground in the fall. This side of the house faces the north. We will 
talk more about the different varieties of Hydrangea in a later 
post. It's fun to see the new growth coming up. Isn't nature just 

Here is my Clematis on the south side of the house which also 
gets the west sun. It's a lovely purple shade with a medium
sized bloom. I keep it trimmed to stay about halfway up the
arbor. The climbing rose is on the left side of the arbor. The
Clematis has been here for about 6 years. I just trimmed this 
vine about 2 weeks ago, cutting it back to about 12 inches. 
You can already see the new growth in the picture on the
 left. It will flower out in the summer and look like the 
picture on the right. If you're looking to have a Clematis it's
best to purchase one at least 2 years old. You'll see them in 
gallon or quart containers. It will need a sunny location, 
receiving about 6 hours per day. Follow directions on 
planting that is provided, fertilize and water weekly the 
first year until established. Mulch well around the base  
of the plant to conserve moisture and to keep the soil cool 
for the plant. It is best to prune Clematis in early spring,
this encourages new growth and more flowers. Knowing
when your vine blooms will dictate which of 3 groups your
Clematis belongs. You can just watch it for a year and see
how it flowers. Type 1 vines flower in spring, on growth
from last year. Prune these vines right after they finish 
blooming in spring. Type 2 vines bloom in late spring and
early summer and again off and on in summer. They 
bloom on old and new wood. Thin out and prune where 
needed after flowering. Or an easier way is to prune the 
plant back by half in alternate years. Type 3 vines bloom 
in late summer or in the fall, on new wood. They can be 
pruned short nearly to the ground in early spring. The
identifying tag that comes with your plant will also tell
you when your vine will flower. You can also Google to
see illustrations on each and how to prune. Clematis 
comes in a variety of colors, and sizes. They can be quite

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.
                                                         ~Virgil A. Kraft


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thyme For A Recipe, And Garden Talk

How about an easy recipe that works as a side dish or an 
appetizer. Asparagus Tart. See EARTHLY DELIGHTS  for the 
recipe. Are you a fan of this versatile vegetable? Although
available in grocery stores pretty much all year long, spring is 
the best season for fresh asparagus. Want to grow your own? 
Just know it takes time and you'll need patience. Planting from 
a 2 yr. old plant is better than starting from seed and even then 
allow a couple of years for a good harvest. Once that happens, 
the plant will be producing up to 20 years. Asparagus is 
considered perennial and it will be your first crop in your 
garden. Most garden centers carry the asparagus crowns early 
in the spring season.  This plant is healthy for you too. A good 
source  of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E, and K, and chromium, 
which is a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to 
transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. It's also 
packed with antioxidants. You can eat it raw, but think roasting, 
grilling, or stir-frying as well. See my other recipe using 
asparagus in EARTHLY DELIGHTS, Prosciutto Asparagus 
Spirals. Delicious as an appetizer and with wine.

Yes, Spring has arrived and with that comes the rain. To be
expected. We need it for our garden landscapes to flourish.
There's still so much to be done in preparation for our outside
activities. I'm hearing the lawn mowers being revved up. Ron
has ours in the garage awaiting a moment to sharpen the blades.
It seems his list is growing. I have my list too and I can check off
turning over the soil in my small raised garden bed. I added
some compost as well.  I hope to get the radish and carrot
seeds out within 2 weeks. They are easy cool season veggies
to grow and will tolerate a light frost.                                                                 


I hope you're planning some kind of a small garden or patch,
and remember you can do a container garden as well. I want to 
share a wonderful garden design with you. From talented artist 
and author Susan Branch. Just tap on the link below to visit her
site for the blog, her books, etc.

I know I must be moving on to another chore, cleaning the 
screened porch. It's dusty, dirty and while I won't show you 
the before pictures, here's what the porch looks like 
"summer ready." I will share more pictures later.

See you next week from my thyme in the garden,

In your garden too…..

   next up, pruning Clematis

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Awakening

Have you not seen, it's getting to be green.
Robins are looking to build their nest.
And flowers no longer need to rest.
You have a "Spring" in your walk,
It's thyme oh yes, for gardeners talk.

With faith comes hope,
With grace life renews,
We rejoice, 
HIS gift to share.

Spring, a seasonal move
forward. Rain cleansing,
winds blow fresh bringing
warmth. The sun on a 
higher path.  Nature 
transitions, we symbolically 

Happy Easter:

Spring Break
Green Grass
Colored Eggs
Jelly Beans
Easter dinner
Chicks & Peeps
Tulips & Daffodils
Easter baskets



            Welcome Spring
           Bloom Happy