Monday, May 26, 2008

Garden Tour

A few weeks ago, one of my neighbors stopped by to meet the bees. After the 45 seconds it took to get the gist of them (flying in and out, in and out, in and out) I asked if I could tour her garden . We trudged through the wilderness that separates our back yards and she said something that struck home with me... I can't remember exactly, so this is a paraphrase.... You won't invite people into your house if it is messy, but it doesn't matter what state the garden is in, a real gardener will always give a tour.

And I love to give a tour. Here are a few of the not so high lights of the garden.

Some of my favorite weeds in the driveway

My potato field with the auxiliary potatoes in pots experiment...
Some of the delicious lettuce I have been harvesting

Garden smooches from the SB found in one of my flower pots... He really is adorable....

In other news, I visited the bees today. There are a LOT of them out there now. And they are all working REALLY hard. There is lots of brood and they are making honey and wax and doing all the stuff they are supposed to be. Good for them. I have stopped feeding them, though I don't suppose it would hurt if I continued. It is interesting to look into the hive and you can see the "real" honey they have collected is dark amber and the sugar water they got from me is essentially clear. And you can see bits of pollen in there and brood and all sorts of interesting stuff. Did I mention there are a LOT of bees in there? I didn't take the whole hive apart, but I was surprised at how many of the little darlings were in there. They cover the frames that they are working on completely. There is still quite a bit of wax making to happen, so I hate to stop feeding, but I also don't want to get stuck with a bunch of sugar water as my first bit of "honey" - I am hoping they eat it over the long winter. You know, junk food for eating while you watch movies to pass the time. Maybe I'll sign them up for Netflicks.

The rest of the day has been spent in the garden - I planted sugar baby watermelons and some delicata and butternut squash. I also did some watering and some tall plant management (bracing stuff while it is still small so it doesn't fall over and smush everything later), and some re-potting of teeny lavender plants.

I visited with the LB and picked up some dresses to alter. Visited a friend's cat who is very lonely without his little boy (really, I have never met a cat that got lonely, but this one clearly is), and went to the grocery store, made tea and yogurt, and tried to figure out where all the effing pantry moths are coming from.

And a recipe to work on....

Home made magic bread toasted with a little of Everona Dairy's baby swiss with a couple of fried eggs on top and some local hothouse tomatoes. It was almost perfect, but I cooked the eggs too long. I was shooting for runny yolks but missed the mark.

1 comment:

cho-girl said...

HA! I love this post!
Garden smooches?!! Too cute!

I'd love a tour when I bring your tiny toad . . .