A silver lining in the sky brings a message that tomorrow will be brighter and lit with hope!
Monday, June 24, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Memorial Day weekend is the time we choose to plant our garden. Here I am smoothing out the soil, preparing the raised bed ready for the arugula, lettuce, kale and tomato plants. One raised bed is already planted with beets, onions, and basil.
Strawberry season is in full swing, and we get ours down the street at a grower that is open to the public. I was able to get "first pickings" and the berries were perfection. None were over ripe or unripe. I froze most of them whole for smoothie making, and we have plenty left over for strawberries and ice-cream!
The variety that are shown here are Shuksan. They are medium sized, and sweet with a little tartness.
I love to have roses to cut for bouquets and our garden is full of them. They are "Old Roses" that have a heavenly scent. The bushes have been in the ground untold years, and we don't know the name of each one. In time we hope to bring the plants back to fullness and health. Roses are not difficult to care for, but they do need a little boost to thrive.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Right after the first of the new year we had our two very large maple trees trimmed professionally. Several men came loaded with climbing gear and chain saws. These men are called "tree monkey's" and that explains what we saw them do. They climbed the trees like monkeys, swinging from limb to limb. Maple trees like ours grow wispy and bend with the wind. It is easy for the limbs to break off and it was obvious that we could have issues if the trees were not taken care of. The cost of having trees like this trimmed and the limbs cleaned up can run into the thousands. We opted to clean up the limbs ourselves, but after the trees were trimmed the limbs had to lay there for a few weeks. My Jim had hip replacement surgery in February and we are happy to say that it was a successful surgery and you can see all the clean up work he has accomplished in the beautiful pile of wood stacked up! I asked him to stack it where I could look at it while it drys, and before it goes into the wood shed for the coming winter. It is a great resting place for squirrels, birds and cats.
This time last year we had a gopher killing, and once again there has been a double killing of two very busy gophers. One is quite a bit larger than the other....Mr. and Mrs? The other gopher family members are still attaching our yard but they better watch out! Jim is actively pursuing them and doing it with determination!