Lack-a-Daisy Garden

I had a daisy show up in the flower garden a few years back.  It was unexpected, as I can’t seem to grow daisies no matter how hard I try.  I’ll settle for surprise daisies if another shows itself.

The garden this year lacks daisies, but it certainly borders lackadaisical.  As you may have noticed, I allow several weeds in the garden.  I allow them as ground cover and to shade tender starts.  It’s a risk I take, as they grow and become competition for resources.

What follows is a tour of my garden spaces, showing the beauty along with the wildness and overgrowth.  It’s a work in progress, a learning point on my timeline.

water troughThe stalwart water trough planter has performed fabulously again.  I’ve filled the reservoir once this spring and the soil is still moist from our rain season.

ripe strawberryThe strawberry harvest has ended, but these berries were delicious!

self water containerLikewise, the self-watering container has been a resounding success.  I have not added a thing to this planter, allowing it to produce from last year’s bolted lettuce and its only water source the winter snow and spring rains.

permanent tomato cageHubby set up this tomato cage based on my design last year.  I hope that it provides sturdy support when the Kansas winds blow the matured plants mid-summer.  Tomatoes and peppers are planted and flowering, with some setting fruit.

first tomatoI can hardly wait for this lovely bit of goodness to ripen.

raspberryThe new raspberry plants are doing well, with a small sampling of fruit set on.

toro blueberryThe new blueberry bushes are producing in small batches.

chippewa blueberryThere were dozens of flowers on this blueberry bush, but most of them did not set fruit.

flowers in the gardenSince I now have permanent beds in the back garden, I’m working to establish permanent or self-seeding plants and color as well.  Here is a peek at the poppies, lambs quarters, lavender and zinnias.  A bit of dill is hiding in the poppies and false nettle is growing alongside the zinnias.

bolted spinachSpinach has bolted and I’m allowing it to go to seed for collection.  The lambs quarters, henbit and false nettle are providing ground cover as I await the rattlesnake beans to sprout.

cantaloupeCantaloupe is doing well on the east side of the hugelkultur bed, while the henbit was forced to give way as it had exceeded it’s boundary.

broccoliBroccoli hides beneath poppies on the south side of the hugelkultur bed, coyly stretching to receive the sunlight.

thyme and beetsLemon thyme has been planted on the hugelkultur bed, as beets make their slow appearance.

grapevines and sweet potatoesThe new grapevines are doing very well and the sweet potato vines have appeared.  I’m hoping the potato vines will help shade the ground from the mid-summer sun.  Cosmos and hollyhocks are also coming up here.

chardA few chards survived to establish near the grapes.

cucumbersCucumbers have begun to stretch and grow.

cilantroCilantro is a garden necessity, as salsa is just not the same without it.

beauty bush flowers

The beauty bush has flowered for the second year.  The flowers just astound me, and they last nearly three weeks.

clematisClematis anchors a perennial flower bed.

perennial flowersThe rear perennial flower bed is slowly filling out.

heirloom roseThe lovely heirloom miniature rose graces the front perennial flower bed, alongside the chrysanthemums and hyssop.

And just to show that I haven’t been all play and no work, here’s a quick look at the slow progress in the kitchen:

painted cabinets

We’re slowly getting bits and pieces done, with the walls nearly ready for paint and the upper cabinets needing sanded for paint.  The floor will follow, with hopes that the ceiling will be a project that Hubby and I can tackle ourselves.

Til later!

Dreamin’ Girl

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Super Sunday

Another Super Bowl, another Sunday, another game day.  I might feel differently if it were a team I liked… nah, not much different.  I can’t fool myself.

It was a productive day.  Hubby announced early that he was going to town around noon to do some shopping, which meant that I could dig in and get the living area deep cleaned while he was gone!  I strategized that I could do work upstairs in the meantime, so was free to work on things I’ve put off.

First things first – some Pandora to get the mood going, as I weeded the filing cabinet.  Then I started with the office closet.  I’d been meaning to tidy it up since our last visitors – bedding materials had been tossed in and were blocking the entryway.  I also wanted to take a good look at an old quilt that was beyond repair – I have some Pinterest ideas for it.

The bedding tidy was quick and easy.  Inspired, I also dug into the bathroom linen closet (where the primary bedding is stored) and found that I had stashed a few curtains and misc keepsake items there, along with another quilt that might be repaired.  I separated the embroidered items that were in good shape and split them by family line, for inheritance sake, and placed them into the cedar chest.  The items that were not in such good shape were added with the quilts to my new repair and salvage basket.

closet and bedding tidied

tidied linen closet

future project quilt and heirloom linen basket

future project spare clothing recycle

That led me to the master closet, where I found that I’ve been saving the past few (yes, sadly) sizes of clothing that I’ve outgrown.  Time to let go of those ‘fours’.  I sorted the items I could keep for Pinterest projects, the items that currently fit, and those that would fit if I lost 10 pounds or less and gave away the rest.

I finished just in time, as hubby announced he was jumping into the shower and would be ready for his haircut directly after.

Hubby left after his haircut, so I quickly got all of the furniture moved and the floors vacuumed, swept and mopped on the ground floor.  Just as the floors dried, hubby returned.

Time to prep for the big game.  I tossed the partially frozen chicken legs in the crock and turned it on high.  This is the recipe I used, with slight modifications.  http://pinterest.com/pin/236157574180110629/

I also got a package of beef smokies into a small crock with some Curley’s bbq sauce, then whipped up this quick batch of chocolate chip dip:  http://pinterest.com/pin/236157574179897586/

Yum!

Time to wash the dishes – they didn’t get done on Shabbat, so there were plenty to do.  I haven’t washed many dishes lately – hubby has been doing them most of the time.  Consequently, I spent a little extra time wiping down the faucets and shining them up, and scouring the stainless steel to get rid of the stains.  Details, details.

The game was almost ready to start, so I chopped up the celery and sliced up some local cheese.  We also have leftover salsa from the local restaurant, so we’ll have that too.

hot legs, bleu cheese and salsa

Ah, what’s better than easy finger foods for supper for a change.  :)

red beer and leftover snacks

‘Til next time…

Dreamin’ Girl