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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Garden Tuesday; In The Garden

Surprise! Again! Are you beginning to think that I don’t know my days of the week? I posted on Saturday rather than Sunday and today I’m posting on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. Get use to it! Not the Saturday posts. I just did that because of Easter. But, the Tuesday posts for Garden Tuesday are going to be my regular posting days for the time being:) Wordless Wednesday will be back, eventually. And, of course, there will be a few more surprise posts in between:)

I don’t know if I told you but my friend Katie moved to Missouri over the Winter. Boy, do I miss her. That’s Katie all the way in the back of the greenhouse. Up front we have Kathy. (I smushed out Kathy’s face because Amish people are a bit camera shy:) These pictures are from last Spring. We had wonderful days “playing” in the greenhouse but alas, this year no Katie. We have been writing letters back and forth though. And, I have plans to go visit Katie and her family in August.

In the mean time, I’m “winging” it on my own:) The last couple of days have been absolutely beautiful! Spring like:) However, the nights have still been quite cold, sometimes the temperatures are still falling below freezing. As anxious as I am to start some serious vegetable planting, I’m resisting. Thing is, I’m going to Idaho in May and was hoping to have some vegetables planted before I left. If the nights don’t start getting warmer, there just may be NO vegetable garden this year. If you remember, I planted peas a few weeks back. Wrong! What was I thinking when I put them outside? Those tiny little pea..lings shriveled and froze:( Normally, I would have ran them over to Katie’s and nestled them in the greenhouse. Oh well, since this is my first year at trying a vegetable garden in this house, I’m not going to worry myself. I’ll do what I can, which is a LOT and not fret about what I can’t do. Else, how will I ever get to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Yes, I’ve been as busy as a Bee working in the flower garden. Today, I was actually joined by another hard working “individual.” A very happy Bee! Can you see him sipping from the Nanking Cherry? (Prunus tomentosa) Although I planted it for the birds, he is more than welcome to lunch:)

When I first went outside this morning, the primrose wasn’t quite ready to show her colors. (for some reason I thought she was yellow) However, by this afternoon she gave me a little peak. She’s pink! Now I remember, the center is yellow with a tinge of white, I think, lol…Gee, you would think I would remember. It was only two seasons ago after all:)

You must know by now, I am NOT one of those organized gardeners. Don’t get me wrong, I give much credit to those who coordinate their plantings. I take a more serendipitous approach. I just love garden surprises! Today I went through all the seeds and pods I’ve been saving. I cleaned them all up, tried to figure out which were seeds, which were leaves, put them all in a large bowl and scattered them about the garden. I just can’t wait to see what pops! I do that lots!

Do you like that illustration at the top of the page by Katharine Wireman? I found it while I was rummaging through one of the trunks in the shed the other day. I was actually looking for a special bag of beads I was saving to use to make new ropes for the hanging baskets. I’m finally going to landscape my work area in the back of the house. I figure it’s about time since it is the first place I see when I open my eyes in the morning. It also happens to be the new home of this year’s Robin’s nest. (not to worry, I will be taking pictures of this year’s nest as soon as Mr. & Mrs. Robin get more of a “foundation, lol:) In the meantime, here’s another illustration by Katharine Wireman. Isn’t is charming? I just may have some crooked rose bushes this year:)

Want to join Garden Tuesday? Just pop on over to Pam’s blog Sidewalk Shoes, to see just how easy it really is. I’ll be headed to Harry’s for breakfast as soon as I finish this post. When I come back, I’ll be hooking this up to Pam’s Garden Tuesdays AND I’ll be visiting all your delicious blogs. “See” you then!

Oh, One more thing before I go. Just in case you forgot, today is Earth Day! I just happen to find these “Earth’s Core Meatballs” in the book Incredibly Easy Silly Snacks. I thought they just might work to help celebrate the day. Enjoy, Louise:)

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  1. Dear Louise, I am not an organized gardener either!!! I plant and pray! lol I look forward to what will pop up too and am overjoyed when something does.
    I do like the picture at the top, as you know I love retro.
    The meatballs look wonderful too.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. Plant & Pray! Love it Catherine! I'll have to remember that:) I do hope you will be sharing some of your "pop-ups!"

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  2. A beautiful post today Louise. I know how it is to miss friends and I am glad you will get to visit this summer.
    The meatballs look delicious!

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    1. Thank you Beth. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it. Yes, I'll be in your area come August, good Lord willing and the creek don't freeze:)

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  3. Good Morning Louise , what a great start you have and your garden is just lovely , not to worry your nights will warm up (hopefully) I know you miss your friend and hanging out in the greenhouse , what fun .
    You are full of surprises but hat's one of the reasons we love you so , you keep life interesting . (((HUGS))) to you and Marion and thanks for shearing :)

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    1. Katie and her family are wonderul people. I do miss them but I look forward to visiting them in August, Nee. I'm so glad you liked this surprise post. Marion says it a different way. She says, "I can't sit still," lol...She might be right! Thanks for visiting, Nee...How does your garden grow:)

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  4. Hi Louise, Happy Easter to you and family. Excellent posting, always enjoy your very impressive posting with lots of vintage and classic pictures, history and recipe. Thank for sharing with us, learned a lots from you too.

    I love those lovely flowers, the green house is really beautiful. Would love to play inside too. :))

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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    1. Hi Amelia:)
      I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. It was such fun to once again share a garden moment:) I may just have to get myself a greenhouse one day. Then you can come and "play" too...

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  5. Happy Garden Tuesday! What a great feature -- I'll be looking forward to this each week. Must be the season for huge bumble bees -- we have some in our garden almost all the time at the moment. Love those Earth's Core Meatballs! What a fun idea. And what a fun post -- thanks.

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    1. Who knows John, perhaps you will join us one of these Garden Tuesdays with a few snaps of those huge Bees! I just happened upon those meatballs when I thought, "oh my, they would be great for Earth Day!" Thank you so much for visiting, John...

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  6. I love other people's gardens, but right now I'm far from my own. Haven't really ever successfully grown a single veg.

    Those meatballs are a hoot!

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    1. It's difficult to keep track of a garden when you travel as much as you do Mae. Proably best for you to enjoy other peoples gardens and coninue bird watching. Now, that's something I don't think I would have the patience to do, lol...The meatballs are such fun!

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  7. what lovely pictures dear Louise I love garden and work in it!! love all this post:)
    have a nice day my friend:)

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    1. Thanks Gloria! I'm so glad you liked it:)

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  8. I love spring gardens and nature and flowers are so beautiful this time of year! The blossoms of the Nanking Cherry are simply gorgeous and the Bee! I think is a she though lol!

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    1. I think that Bee is a she too, Katerina. Just look at how hard she is working, lol...

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  9. Interesting with your garden and all, Louise! It finally got warm here, 75 yesterday, and now today it's back in the mid 40's. No flowers out yet here, but lots of buds and no gardening yet. Can't wait! Have a good rest of the week!

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    1. Soon Pam. The weather here is slowly coming around. I'm sure it will soon be coming your way and you too will be able to go out into the garden and "play." Thanks for stopping by, Pam...

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  10. Hi Louise, What a lovely post! I as you know, do not have that green thumb that you have, but as I read this post I may want to try a plant in my house to start off with. You have given me some inspiration. The plants that you grow must be wonderful and beautiful to look at. I do hope that your visit with Katie in August is wonderful. I also have a friend that moved and I miss her as well. Visiting is alsways fun. I do love the illustration at the top of the page by Katharine Wireman. These pictures are of a time long ago, but they are perfect to add to your post. I always loved old fashioned photos. Gosh so much to see and enjoy on this post, I love that recipe of the meatballs, for Earth Day. Have to try that one. Thanks for sharing your gardening stories, looking forward to seeing the beauitful flowers that you will plant in the future. Blessing on a fabulous week..Dottie :) PS hope your Easter was a good one with your family?

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    1. Hi Dottie:)
      I'm delighted to hear you are thinking about growing something in the house. Perhaps some herbs would be a good start, basil, parsley, rosemary:) If you want something to grow that not only looks pretty but that you can also eat, I would suggest Nasturtiums. They are very easy to grow. I have grown them in the house. The flowers and leaves are both edible. Personally, I love the leaves. They offer a peppery taste to salads and of course the flowers add lively colors. The great thing about nasturtiums is that they thrive in poor dry soil! Go for it!

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  11. Louise, that is some greenhouse! Wow, I’m jealous. Happy to hear you are having some good Spring weather now. It’s been a brutal winter for so many. I enjoyed your garden Tuesday.

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    1. Katie had three of those greenhouses, Tina. I hear she has four in Missouri! I can't wait to see them! Spring is coming sround, slowly but surely:) Thanks so much for visiting Tina...

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  12. I like the serendipitous approach! When I was little, I'd get a packet of "mystery seeds" from the Burpee catalog when my parents got vegetable seeds. I loved planting them and discovering what grew. (Mostly dill, if I remember correctly....)

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    1. Maybe that's where I get it from Poppy! Thanks for that reminder:)

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  13. Meatballs with cheese? What would be better? I can't wait to plant a garden here. I'm just not sure what I can grow that the deer won't eat.

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    1. There are many flowers and vegetable that are deer resistant, Ducky. Let me know if you would like some suggestions:)

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  14. It is so nice that the weather is starting to get a little warmer. I can't wait to plant the garden and have some fresh vegetables to pick!! Love this post.

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    1. Welcome Dawn...Today was not as warm but as you say, it is getting a bit warmer:) So glad you enjoyed your visit!

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  15. Hi Louise,
    Garden Tuesday sounds good to me! I might just join you in some Tuesdays! :)
    I am green with envy over your greenhouse! Such lovely plants and blooms!
    I like the way you scattered your mixture of seeds in your garden grounds, it would indeed be a surprise to see the different flowers that pops randomly! Now, if only I could do that.....!
    Meatballs with tomatoes and cheese sounds delicious to me!

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    1. Oh Joyce that would be wonderful! Pam's Garden Tuesday is very easy going. You don't even have to post only on Tuesdays. Check it out! That greenhouse isn't mine, although, I have considered getting one. That is just one of the greenhouses Katie had on her farm. You can scatter seeds randomly too Joyce. Just "dump" them in a large pot and see what pops! I have plenty of seeds if you want some:)

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  16. I think gardening is fascinating..I wouldn't even call it activity..it is so much more :) I admire people who do it, because I am not that patient :D

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    1. Having a garden does takes an itty bitty amount of patience, Medeja but just think of the rewards! Just try one plant and see how you do:)

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  17. I'll be interested to discover what comes up after your seed and pod planting. The earth meatballs are a hoot! Made me smile this morning.

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  18. What a wonderful post! Every year I toy with starting a garden blog, but never seem to do it. I'm also a helter-skelter gardener, and I let everything come up where planted by me or the birds. that said, I have over 130 rose bushes (yard is double-fenced against the deer). I post 1-3 photos a day on my Facebook profile page of the roses or iris, or whatever is beautiful that day. I have a friend in PA (your neck of the woods) who has sent fab bearded iris that bloom every year here in Berkeley. I don't go in much for veg because of the gophers, snails, etc... but this year I planted a Cinderella pumpkin! I have a big area for it to take over. I also have 10 apple trees..mostly Gravenstein, but one other one (don't know the name) that already has apples. Topper shakes the trees for the apples.. He loves them.. and now he's taught Rosie, so not sure what kind of harvest I'll have. Can't wait for next week's Garden Tuesday!

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    1. I never get to see your Roses Janet because I'm not on FB, Perhaps one day you will find a chocolate rose to share on your blog, lol...I'm delighted to hear you planted a Cinderealla Pumpkin. You should share some pictures as she grows:) Thanks for popping by Janet...

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  19. I wouldn't give up on your garden, mine doesn't get planted in Maine until the end of May and I always get a nice crop of tomatoes before the first killing frost. Even here in New Hampshire, no one puts anything in the garden until Mother's day.

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    1. Hi Karen,
      I'm not giving up on the veggies quite yet, Karen. Although I'll be in Idaho for Mother's Day, I figure I'll just to the veggie planting when I return and keep my fingers crossed, lol...

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  20. i loved the meatballs...I love gardening ...beautiful pics ..

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  21. The meatballs look amazing. I am teaching my girls all about earth and the solar system. These would be a great hands on idea.

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    1. The recipe did come from a cookbook for kids, Lady Lilith. I would love to hear how the girls liked them!

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  22. Sorry to hear that Katie is no longer as close, but you can visit :) glad the spring weather is coming.

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    1. Actually, Cakelaw, I just found out Katie is coming to visit us in a few weeks. I only hope it isn't when I'm in Idaho!

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  23. Don't worry ~~Louise~~....you can plant your garden when you return....
    Enjoy the "nicer" weather....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. The "nicer" weather is still a bit chilly but it is getting there, Linda. Perhaps by the time I get back, it will have warmed up to "normal." (whatever that is these days:)

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  24. Louise---I love all your illustrations, pictures, photos and recipe today! What a great greenhouse, primrose and thank you for posting the bee picture. We are awaiting to frames of bees for our hives. (Had some two years ago but lost them all.) The plight of all pollinators needs to be publicized. Happy Gardening!

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    1. I'm so excited for you Debra. You are so right, the plight of the Bees really does need to get more media attention. I do hope you will be sharing your expereince when you're all set up. I've considered bee keeping myself the last few years. Now, I'll just wait a bit longer and see how you do, lol...

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  25. Love this time of year. It is time to get our hands into the dirt. Soon the bounty will be ready to harvest.

    Happy spring.

    Velva

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    1. Yipee! I'm luvin' it! Happy Spring, Velva!

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  26. When you do gardening it is like art, such stunning colours :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. That's a wonderful way to look at it, Uru, thank you:)

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  27. Louise , I love reading about your foray into gardening . Spring has sprung so I think I'll see more wonderful photos of plants and your winged visitors :D Love the photo of your Nanking cherry , really pretty !

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    1. I'm so delighted to hear you enjoy visiting my gardening escapades, Anne. I love sharing them. Hopefully Spring will spring just a bit more so I will have lots more to share:) Thank you for visiting, Anne...

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  28. Louise, you are a genius...what a wonderful way of celebrating Earth day....those edible earth core meatballs are lovely with flavorful ingredients....and all those green house plants,the primrose and those two beautiful book paintings you posted make us so happy,thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. I'm so happy that you are Happy, Kumar. It was a fun day to post and finding the meatballs was just the "icing on the cake:)" Thank you so much for visiting...

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  29. i love gardening... but in my country the weather is too hot for gardening.

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    1. Hi Candy
      Perhaps you could have a little garden in the house where it is cooler, Candy:)

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  30. We've had a couple cool, but gorgeous spring days. I can't wait to get my herbs growing, but I think I'll have to wait a few more weeks! Those meatballs look amazing!

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  31. I'm sorry your friend moved! My allergies have hit me like a ton of bricks today, but I still couldn't resist taking the girls for a walk. It's seasonably cool and the rain is coming.

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  32. Ohh Louise me gusta jardinear y tener un huerto de todo y en especial de tomates ,indas plantas y flores... me gustan mucho los ingredientes de las albóndigas,abrazos y buena semana

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  33. Brilliant meatball idea. Thank you for sharing!!! Clarice

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  34. How energizing and beautiful spring flowers are. I love the smell of greenhouses. The earthy and flowery smell reminds me of my childhood. My mum always used to buy lots of flowers and we often used to go together to the local greenhouse to buy them.
    I have been offline for most of the time recently. I went to Italy for 3 weeks (my sister had a new baby!) and I decided to take a break and enjoy my family (I always miss my Italian relatives!). I also had some tech problems with the blog so it is currently being rebuild so I will start blogging again soon. I have seen your lovely comments thank you but they are not showing at the moment. Hope you have a good Sunday XX

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  35. Louise, what a lovely stroll through your garden… and don't those meat balls look just awesome!!!

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  36. Gosh! Not only you cook & bake, you've green fingers too? I'm so impressed with you, Louise! As much as I adore those gorgeous flowers & vegetables, I'm "allergic" to insects. Ants are not welcome in my home at all, so no plants for me. Hahaha! Guess I'll just sit & watch you plant.........

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  37. I am looking forward to gardening too Louise! Perhaps if you put some row covers over your plants when you go to Idaho that might get them through?

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  38. take it easy on your garden lot..and yes, enjoy the fruits of your labour! me hopeless in gardening :D

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  39. Hope your Easter was wonderful, Louise! I have been missing in action. My grandchildren spent the week before Easter at my house…that means I did nothing else except hang out with them! I really enjoyed this post and can’t wait to get my hands dirty…working in my garden! Have a great week!

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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