Monday, April 30, 2012

The Chinese Lilac

The Chinese Lilac is in bloom.
Its scent fills the gardens.

I spotted a Red Spotted Purple,

the first one of the season for me.
While I was held in trace
 from the Lilacs perfume
a pair of Monarchs came in.

The season is in full swing.

The Monarchs have arrived.

The garden lettuces are ready to cut.
It is time to plant tomatoes and basil.

The Monarchs have returned.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Lavender Granita

I am gathering lavender recipes.

I am smitten with all things lavender.

I think these ices will be yummy!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Butterflies in the kale

The Painted Ladies

enjoyed the kale.

I will save seed for replanting.

A couple of Red Admirals joined in.

Lots of little Honey Bees were pollinating too.
Kale is a super food!

The chamomile was busy too.

I am drying for winter tea.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Chamomile and carrots

The chamomile is blooming.
I will harvest tomorrow morning

after the dew is dry.

I bought 10 pounds of carrots.
I don't know what I was thinking.

I have requested a few cookbooks books from the library.

I think I will make carrot cupcakes and cooked carrots.
It might take us a few weeks to eat 10 pounds!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Sweet Bay

I have fallen in love with the Sweet Bay Tree.
With temperatures up into the 90's today it feels like southern California. I think the Sweet Bay can grow outside until winter. When I bring her in she will be the kitchen tree.
I choose a card this morning.

I laughed. I did need grounding.
I did need a tree.

and planted with hope.

I shall watch and keep records of the Medlar.

The Kitchen garden is doing wonderfully.
Last year's kale is blooming.
We will save the seed for next year's planting.

The chamomile will bloom any minute.
By next week I will be drying for winter teas.

We are planting as fast as we can, watering as we go.
We are praying for rain.
We are praying for the return of April.