Saturday, June 8, 2013

Planting, picking, cutting and watching.

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. 
We are sure this is a Peace Rose.  It is apparent by the slightly pink petals.  This is a rose that has been chosen and planted in my family garden ever since I can remember. 

The next several roses are beautiful, but I don't know their names. 

One last little joy appeared this week.  A family of Yellow Finches came to the bird bath.  They are very quick, but I was able to snap this picture through the window.  There are two females, and two males in the family.  The nest must be close by because we see have seen them often. 
We will keep watching this finch family grow. My wish is that the entire brood will come to the bird bath, and the camera will be handy! 

Have a good week!


  1. Such a beautiful variety of Roses. They certainly brighten up our days, don't they? Ragna

  2. I hope you get your wish :) I love those golden finches.

    I think you can find a list of old roses with photos online. If all else fails, ask Anne at nikkipolani. :) She's a rose identification expert.

  3. Oh yes! Many golden finches with camera in hand would be wonderful! I can almost smell your lovely roses through the screen!!

  4. Oh, the ROSES... LOVE! :o) Seeing your raised beds and all you'll be planting inspires. This year in hopes of a better summer wer're reviving our veggie patch! Very excited--we're planting salads, radishes, baby carrots, sugar snap peas and beets so far. Lots of herbs too. We're late getting this going. We decided on this after we got back from our trip to the States. So we're hustling to get this in place. Maybe we'll be lucky and have even a handful of a harvest. LOVELY roses too, Julene! Happy Summer Days ((HUGS))

  5. Oh, what gorgeous blooms~ and those strawberries are making my mouth water! :)