Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung it's head and the yard is in full bloom. I wish that you could have a slideshow on each post so that I could show you all of the beautiful flowers. I ended up posting a picture of the carolina yellow jessamine. Also blooming now, flowering quince, daffodils, crocus came and went, camelias, rosemary,  and forsythias. I will try to post more pictures of flowers soon.

With all of this sunshine and warm weather I have been dreaming of having a vegetable garden. I sat and planned one out this week. I really want the flavor of home grown veggies this year, and with Dave wanting to go low sodium and me wanting my veggies, homegrown is going to be the way to go. The initial investment might cost a chunk, but I am sure that it will be less than our grocery bills would be. I am planning on cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, celery, beans, basil, dill, cilantro, watermelon, cantaloupe, eggplant, baby pak choy, radicchio, okra(my personal favorite), various peppers and zucchini. We will see what actually happens. I hope that we get to grow everything! I will keep you posted on the progress of the building, planting, growing and harvest. 

I have been told that I should post some "how to's" for gardening. What do you all think about that? Let me know. 

A side note, I haven't posted in a while because Dave's grandfather, Pop, passed away about 2 weeks ago on his 83rd birthday. We were driving back and forth to Macon every night for a week and then then stayed down there the weekend after he passed. It was tough and will be without Pop around. We will miss him.  

Currently we are getting ready for our spring break trip to Jekyll Island. We are camping for the week. I am soooo looking forward to having nothing to do but ride our borrowed bicycles around the island, bask in the sun, read a few books and cook some yummy food! I am hoping to post some while we are there. Until then, Happy Spring!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

They Were Forced to do This!

So, being the plant lover that I am, I decided to force some bulbs this winter. I thought that I would share my results. I refrigerated hyacinth bulbs and crocus bulbs for 6-8 weeks, them plopped them into containers with some glass beads to hold their roots down, added water(changed frequently), and watched them grow. It took them about 6 weeks to bloom. The wait was worth it! The hyacinths are in full bloom. The crocus have yet to bloom. And the girl and lamb salt and pepper shakers are one of my favorites in my collection. I think they scream" Come on Springtime!" I kind of took them from my Mom who took them from my Grandmother. Don't they look great on my table though?

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