September 14, 2018

I love Decorative Birdhouses


I collect birdhouses. They are all over the place in my yard. Sometimes birds actually build in them. 😏

Some of the houses are so old that I don't remember where I got them. Some have moved with me a couple of times and several were gifts from friends (like the blown glass one above, the butterfly one at left and the cute little house with the water faucet perch below.




Close up of the angel hanger on this one is shown below











The little copper house is showing it's age 
Wrens like this clay house. 
We moved it with us from Bill's house. 
It's the devil to clean out! It has no holes except the one on the front. 


I've had this one for years. I've moved it from 3 different homes.
Blue Birds have built in it before.

     
Speaking of Blue Birds, Bill made several bluebird houses this year and all but one had
more than one hatching of babies. 

If you are a fellow birdhouse collector, post your pictures in the comments below. 

September 7, 2018

What to do with an abundance of Cherry Tomaotes

Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
It's September and I still have cherry tomatoes ripening every day. I've given them away, we are eating them every day and still, I have lots of tomatoes. In years past I dried them in my dehydrator and that was good but I wondered if I could use the oven somehow to preserve these yummy little tomatoes.

A Google search led me to a recipe for oven drying them. I tweaked the recipe to suit my taste and used some of my fresh herbs that are also abundant right now. The results were pretty good if I do say so myself. 😏



Oven-dried Cherry Tomatoes
Approximately 1 pound cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup of chopped fresh herbs (I used Basil, Oregano, Lemon Thyme)
Olive Oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
Olive Oil spray
Garlic salt
Salt and pepper to taste (I used Himalayan Pink Salt and whole peppercorns coarsely ground) 
Ready For The Oven

Slice enough Cherry Tomatoes to cover the bottom of a disposable 8.5 X 12-inch baking pan. I used a disposable pan because I didn't want to ruin one of my good pyrex dishes. If you don't mind scrubbing a pan any medium-sized baking pan will work.
Pour Olive oil in the pan to cover the bottom. Cut tomatoes in half and spread in a single layer over the bottom of the pan. Chop fresh herbs and sprinkle over tomatoes. 
Use the Olive Oil Spray and coat the top of the mixture.
Bake at 400° for 30- 40 minutes. You want the tomatoes to be fairly dry.
Cool and eat right now or bag in freezer bags and freeze to reheat later. 

If you try this recipe please leave a comment below and tell us if you liked it or not. If you tweaked it, give us an update. 🍅 




August 31, 2018

IF I COULD ONLY HAVE ONE PLANT...

 It would be Denver Daisy (rudbeckia denver daisy).



Denver Daisy is perennial which means I don't have to replant every year, It is not invasive but will spread to fill an area over time. It blooms profusely from May till frost. Butterflies and birds love it. The Goldfinches eat the seeds just like they do sunflowers but Denver Daisey doesn't grow as tall or take up as much space as sunflowers. 

They do love full sun but I have them in the shade too. I even grow them in a big pot on my semi-shaded deck so I can watch the birds and butterflies from my dining room when we eat breakfast. It starts my day off with a smile. I usually have them for sale at Mimi's Greenhouse in the spring.

August 24, 2018

Updated Post about the Lowly Radish


I received a link to this terrific blog post last week so I updated one of my older posts to include the recipe that Jen Reviews sent me.

You can find the recipe here in my post on little-known facts about radishes.  The Common Radish: Who Knew? 

August 10, 2018

Shade Plants

Helleborus 

 My internet friend, Mike McGroarty, posted an excellent article listing 25 plants that thrive in the shade. Many of these I usually have for sale at my spring plants sales. I was surprised that some of them are happy in shade.

Check out Mike's post here:

Hydrangea
Hosta

July 27, 2018

ARE YOUR HYDRANGEAS BLOOMING?

Mine have been blooming for a couple of weeks now. I have both  Mopheads (Hydrangea macrophylla) and Panicled (hydrangea paniculata). I think I prefer the Panicled because they are happy in sun, they bloom longer and don't need as much water as the big mopheads. Of course, those big mophead blooms are beautiful while they last.

Below are a few of the ones in my yard both Mophead, Lacecap, and Panicled. I honestly don't do anything to the ones growing in my yard except water them when we have a long dry spell. Several of my Panicled ones are growing in huge tubs so I have to give them a dring when it is really hot. Not only are they in tubs but most get full afternoon sun. The more I prune them the fuller they get. Those that bloom on old growth should only be pruned after flowering. Others bloom on new growth (most Mopheads) and should be pruned before they sprout in spring or as they are going dormant in fall. 

Here are some of my favorite blooms from my yard: 

Big Blue Mophead
Pink Mophead






Blue Lace Cap




Ruby Slippers Panicled (fall Color)

Phantom Panicled

Chantilly Lace Panicled


Summer Snow Variegated foliage

Tardiva Panicled