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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Overwinter 2013

This is a list of the number of containers of each plant I brought inside to overwinter in hopes of returning them to the garden next spring and maybe propagating more.

3 aloe vera
1 amaryllis
3 asparagus fern
1 cactus
1 dragon's blood
-1

1 echeveria nodulosa
7 geraniums
-4

1 ice plant
1 Jacob's coat
1 lavender
-1

1 lemon grass
-1

1 mother-in-law's tongue
1 sedum
-1

2 unknown succulent
-1

1 wandering Jew

-#  number of each plant that did not survive

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

You Might Want To Visit Seven Oaks


Hello!  Just a quick note today.

Have you visited Jeanne Grunert's gardening blog, Seven Oaks?

Her post today has a free download of some recipes.  Thought you might enjoy it!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

No Fuss Dill Pickles


The cooler weather and rain at the beginning of August gave my cucumber plants a boost.  They were producing like crazy.  We ate tons of fresh cucumbers.  I made some Fast Pickles which are sweet pickles, but I wanted some dill pickles too.  Before my wonderful husband and I left for our vacation, I searched the internet for a recipe to make refrigerator dill pickles.  I found two that didn't have a lot of extra stuff in the ingredient list.  I didn't want them to be hot or spicy, etc.  I settled on the recipe shared one post back because the brine didn't require cooking.  I had harvested garlic earlier in the summer and I stole some dill sprigs from the swallowtail caterpillars.  After scrubbing the cucumbers and cleaning the jars, I put it all together.  Then, I tucked the jars in the refrigerator and left town while they 'pickled.'

WH and I recently opened a jar of the pickles and they are perfect!  A new recipe for my collection.  The cucumber plants have slowed dramatically, but I'm ready for next year.

I found the recipe at  http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/08/05/refrigerator-dill-pickles/

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Refrigerator Dill Pickles


Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Ingredients

1 bunch fresh dill
4 cloves garlic, peeled
3-4 medium-large cucumbers
3 cups water
6 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
3 tbsp. kosher salt

Directions

Add 1 minced or pressed clove of garlic and a few springs of dill to the bottom of each jar.

Cut the cucumbers into spears or whatever shape you like.

Add the spears to the jars, packing in as many as you can without having to force them in.

In a large liquid measuring cup or pitcher, combine the water, vinegar, and salt.  Stir well until the salt is dissolved.  Pour the mixture into each jar over the cucumber spears so they are completely covered.  Top with additional sprigs of dill, if desired.  Screw on the lids of the jars.

Refrigerate for at least two days before eating.  Enjoy!  Store uneaten pickles in the refrigerator.

Yield: about 3-4 16 oz. jars of pickles

This recipe found at http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/08/05/refrigerator-dill-pickles/

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Most Memorable Vacation

Hello from Garden on Sherlock Street!  The garden is still going strong.

For September, I posted the monthly tour and then readied posts about the containers to share while we were on vacation.

I've kept up with comments, but have not been around to visit your blog lately.  I will catch up soon!

We are well, but had a most memorable vacation.

We left on Saturday, September 7 for our favorite vacation destination.  The place where we honeymooned twenty years ago vowing while we were there that time to return every five years.  We have returned every five years.  Each time we go, we enjoy our favorite restaurants, shops and hikes.  Also, we always find something new and amazing.

Reservations were made months ago for an adorable cabin to be our home base for a week away.

We packed the hiking gear, loaded the bikes on the rack, chose music for the road trip and grabbed the suitcases.  Then, we headed out to Estes Park, Colorado.

If you've been tuned to the news this past week, especially to The Weather Channel, you've probably heard about Estes Park along with Boulder, Lyons, etc along the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  Unprecedented flooding hit that area starting September 12.

First of all, we were never in any danger.  The cabin we reserved was high above the closest river, but we had to make an extra long trek home because so many roads were been washed out.

Here's how the week shaped up for us:

Saturday, September 7
We arrived in Estes Park, settled into our cabin and enjoyed a delicious supper at our favorite barbecue place.

Sunday, September 8
We took the day to adjust to the higher altitude.  We leisurely drove Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park which crosses the mountains enjoying the views and the wonderful weather.  We were prepared for it to be cold and windy at the top, which it usually is; but this time it was warm and calm.  Gorgeous day.  We even hiked to a waterfall.


Monday, September 9
We hiked from our cabin into the national park across Beaver Meadows and up above the Fern Lake area where we could see the area burned by fire last year.  The weather was normal.  A little mountain shower in the late afternoon.  We watched elk along the way.


Tuesday, September 10
We woke up to fog.  We headed out hiking into the national park and caught a shuttle to the Glacier Gorge area to hike to Mills Lake.  It was foggy the whole time and rained too.  We pulled out the ponchos for much of the hike.


Wednesday, September 11
We had planned to ride our bikes in town, but it was rainy and dreary.  We went to town anyway walking the river walk and checking out the shops along the way.  The place where the Big Thompson River and the Fall River meet was normal.


We did drive the road along the bike trail we hoped to ride to see what it looked like.  We ate supper at an Italian restaurant we discovered on our honeymoon.  It sits right by the Big Thompson River.  We walked along the main street after supper and enjoyed ice cream under an awning as it rained.  It rained all night.
I've never heard it pour rain for such a long time as I heard that night on our cabin roof.

Thursday, September 12
We were going to hike again even if it was raining, but it was hard to get out of bed with the sound of rain on the roof.  We turned on the local info channel on the TV and saw the flood warnings issued along the Big Thompson River.  We also heard there had been some damage to Highway 34 which is the road we came to town on.  And, the bike trail we checked out the day before was flooded/washed away along Fish Creek.  We sent text messages to a few family members to tell them that our cabin was high above areas flooding.  We drove into town and were amazed at the water along the Big Thompson River.


We were still able to go into Rocky Mountain National Park.  We checked out the Fall River and drove around to the Estes Park area along the Fall River.  The water was really running, but still contained.  We picked up some soup to heat for supper at the cabin and stayed in Thursday night.  We tried to update family and friends but land lines, cell towers and internet were all out.  We went to bed with the sound of rain on the cabin roof.

Friday, September 13
Internet service was restored early in the morning so we could email family and friends back home.  However, overnight, the Fall River had flooded.  Many people were evacuated and many people were stranded as roads washed out and rock and mud slides occurred.  The only road left out of Estes Park was Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park over the mountains to the west.  We spent the day checking information for our departure on Saturday and walked into town to see the flooding.


This video shows the Fall River running out of its banks and down the main street.  This was after it started to recede.

video

Amazingly, the lady who runs the movie theatre said as long as she had power there would be a movie that night.  She also has a little cafe.  We ate lunch there.  It was cash only and some menu items were not available.  She was near the Fall River, but up on a ridge.  We checked with the person who rented us the cabin and were told we could return if for some reason we couldn't get out the next morning as no new guests were coming into town.  Our cabin would be available.  There was a break in the weather Friday night.  No rain, and more importantly, no snow or ice on top of the mountains.

Saturday, September 14
We packed the truck and left Estes Park at 8 am Mountain Time.  The park ranger at the gate of Rocky Mountain National Park told us the road was dry, we may find some fog near the top of the mountains and that all side roads were closed due to damage from the rain.  We had a slow, beautiful drive that morning.


It was eerie seeing the national park so empty.  We could only see a few other cars as we wound our way over the top of the mountains.  No one was parked on the pullouts taking photos.  All the campground roads and visitor center roads were barricaded.  Two hours later, we were out of the national park in Granby, CO.  With cell service, we sent some text messages and prepared for a much longer drive home than normal.
We made it to the Sunflower State Saturday night, but not all the way home.  We found a little motel to catch some sleep.

Sunday, September 15
We arrived home Sunday morning to a garden that had also received rain.  Thankfully not as much as in the mountains.

Estes Park received over 12 inches of rain while we were there.  Many other places in the mountains received much more.  Never dreamed we'd watch a nationally televised natural disaster first hand.  Our hearts go out to all who are affected by the flooding.  We've already heard reports of planning and rebuilding, but winter is coming soon to the mountains.  That will slow efforts.  We will return to our favorite vacation destination.  Maybe sooner than five years.  What a reminder that there is a power greater than all of us.  Man made structures gave way as the beautiful landscape we love to visit continues to be created.

We're catching up on life at GonSS.

Be well and as my wonderful husband said many times during our vacation, "this is the day we have.  Let's make the most of it."

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

2013 Back Garden Containers IV

Some containers are at their prime in the back garden too.
Some containers are waning also.

Again, I don't know why Blogger puts some of the photos to one side and other in the center.  I tried to center everything and it just wouldn't cooperate.

May 20
purple angelonia and silver falls dichondra

July 1
purple angelonia and silver falls dichondra

August 6
purple angelonia and silver falls dichondra
September 4

*****

May 20
green sweet potato vine

July 1
green sweet potato vine

August 6

green sweet potato vine

September 4

*****

May 20
asparagus fern and rose moss   

July 1
asparagus fern and rose moss

May 20
ice plant

July 1
ice plant

August 6

asparagus fern and rose moss
ice plant

September 4

*****
May 20
variegated sweet potato vine and wave petunias

July 1
variegated sweet potato vine, fiber optic grass and wave petunias 

August 6
variegated sweet potato vine, fiber optic grass and wave petunias
September 4

*****

May 20
ice plant and rose moss

July 1
ice plant and rose moss

August 6
ice plant and rose moss

September 4


*****

May 20
white wave petunia

July 1
white wave petunia and morning glory

August 6

white wave petunia and morning glory
September 4

*****

May 20
vincas

July 1
begonias

August 6

September 4

*****

May 20
dianthus

dianthus
July 1
dianthus

August 6

dianthus

September 4

*****

May 20
vincas

July 1
vincas

August 6


September 4

*****

May 20
impatiens

July 1
impatiens
August 6
impatiens

September 4

*****

May 20
caladiums   

July 1
caladiums

August 6
caladiums

September 4

*****

May 20
white bacopa
gold dust mecardonia and wandering jew cuttings
gold dust mecardonia and wandering jew cuttings

July 1
white bacopa
gold dust mecardonia and wandering jew cuttings
gold dust mecardonia and wandering jew cuttings

August 6

white bacopa
gold dust mecardonia and wandering jew cuttings
gold dust mecardonia and wandering jew cuttings

September 4

*****

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