Friday, December 27, 2013

Flower Pots From South Korea

I got these unique flower pots from a sister-in-law as a Christmas gift.

She is currently living in South Korea with her husband and daughters while he is stationed at an army base there.  She says these are made near where they live.  They make pots as tall as three feet in these shapes; but for shipping ease, she sent me this size.  They are clay with a glaze on the outside.  Her two oldest daughters picked out the shapes and they agreed on the paint so they'd go together.  

First, I thought they were vases for cut flowers.  Then, I saw the drainage holes.

I'm thinking a couple of new houseplants will get to live in them.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Help Identify This Bird Of Prey

I know this isn't the clearest photo.
I took it out of one of our lower level windows zoomed between the picnic table legs and a bench.

It was eating another bird it had killed.

Any idea what it is?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It Was Cold Out There

Look what I found on my wonderful husband's phone.

While I was outside Sunday taking the December tour photos, WH was inside taking photos of me.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cold And Snowing

Hello from freezing Garden on Sherlock Street!!

Like much of the country, we're COLD!  And, we're getting a little snow.  I've been waiting for my December garden tour photos hoping for some snow.  Maybe I'll take them tomorrow.

The main thing I'm doing in the garden these days is feeding the wildlife.
A friend gave me some dried ears of corn from their fields so even the squirrels will get to dine this winter.  I hope to get some cute photos of them.

All the containers that are going to be cleaned out for the season are clean and stored.  I'm tending to the plants I brought in for the winter.  A few geraniums have died, but the others look very happy and are starting to grow into each other. 

We are deep into Christmas plans and activities.  Our city's Christmas parade is tonight.  We will bundle up for that and then my wonderful husband's company Christmas party follows.  It's a casual affair which is good as I'm going in snow boots and multiple layers of clothing. 

Be well!  Stay warm!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Last Plant Blooming

The leaves have all fallen off the trees and shrubs.  The flowers are all but gone.  

One plant is still going strong.  This purple chrysanthemum.  It is always the last plant to bloom in the garden.  So nice to have a little splash of color!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Candy Roaster Squash

Here is the candy roaster squash harvest for the year.  Love the colors.

I got the seeds from a friend and gave them a try this year.  The vines wrapped everywhere!  The leaves were huge and the fruits even bigger.

I simply cut one in half, scooped out the seeds and roasted it in a pan under aluminum foil with a little water in the pan at 350 degrees for about an hour.  It came out super soft.  Simply scooped it out with a big spoon.  Tried a little honey on some and a little butter on some.  Both were great.  Next time, I think I'll bake one with brown sugar.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

May Be The Last Of The Containers

This may be the last photo of the garden containers.
Tonight we're predicted to dip down into the teens.  Brrrr!

Monday, November 4, 2013

November Radishes

We've been having the nicest autumn.  The frosts have been light.
There is talk of colder weather tomorrow night though and maybe rain or snow.

The garden has slowly been finishing.  My autumn planting of lettuce isn't doing much, but I have radishes!!!

These are the sweetest radishes.  Not hot.  Just a lot of radish flavor.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Waiting On A Killing Frost

Fall cleanup of the vegetable garden is almost complete at Garden on Sherlock Street.  We have not yet had a killing frost.  The candy roaster squash and a couple of pumpkins still have green stems.  Everything else is either done or has stopped producing with the cooler weather.

I cleaned around these plants.

The candy roaster squash are new to me.  A friend shared some seeds and said to use them as I would butternut squash.  If you've eaten candy roaster squash before, I welcome recipes for them.  Please share.

Happy Note:  My mom was released from the hospital and is recovering well.  Thanks for all the well wishes.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Cheyenne Sky

A few years ago, I ordered some prairie switch grass called Cheyenne Sky.  I planted it in the back shrub border where it was shaded too much and never looked good.

Last year, I moved it to this bed.  After getting established, it seems to have settled in and really filled out this summer.  Now, it is getting the burgundy tips and making seed heads.  It looks good from all angles.

On a personal note, my mom had heart surgery last week.  The doctor had been monitoring her for a few years and it became obvious that blood was not flowing as it was needed.  She got a new aortic valve and two bypasses last Wednesday.  She is recovering well.  A lot of my gardening time has been spent at the hospital.  It is nice that she is in our city where I can bop over to see her often.

Be well and enjoy each day.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013