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Friday, June 26, 2009

rhubarb

You gotta love rhubarb. There is nothing that grows better in my garden. This rhubarb belonged to my grandmother, I think I have posted about that before. It just grows and grows all summer long. Providing us with such delicious desserts. Last night I was trying to think of what to have for supper. So I made some fresh bread for sandwiches, picked some cucumbers from our garden to go with them, and made a rhubarb crisp for dessert. I took a picture of the rhubarb because I usually forget to take a picture of the crisp, and then have no pictures for my blog. This time I have lots of pictures. Enjoy, wish you were here!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Plums

We have, over the last few years, planted more and more fruit trees. The property had a few, apple and pear trees. But they are in really bad shape, just not taken care of over their lives. We are working on pruning those and getting them back into share, but have planted more of our own. And this year we have plums. They are so cute. This particular plum tree is three years old. Last year we had a late frost and it killed the little buds, so we had no plums last year. We are all so excited to see the "fruits" of our labor, and they just taste so much more delicious because we grew them ourselves. The boys loved them, and ate all but two, one for me and one for dh, Jackson. We still have probably a dozen more on the tree, but this batch is gone. I think next year we will plant a few more plum trees.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

What's Growin'

As I mentioned earlier, I don't have a large garden this year. Just a dozen or so tomatoes, equal number of peppers, cucumber, zucchini, egg plant and some herbs. I may get a little planting done this weekend, if the weather holds, maybe green beans, beets and okra. But there sure are things growing and blooming all over the place, so I dug out my camera and decided to check out just what was going on, while the boys were still sleeping soundly.

Here is our patch of sun chokes (Jerusalem Artichokes), planted last year, they are just spreading and growing beautifully. I can't wait until they flower, that will look spectacular.



This was labeled a "butterfly plant" when we bought it, that was the only label. It has taken up a nice spot behind the blueberries and just growing and growing. I loved seeing a butterfly enjoying this flower.


These grapes are still small, but getting larger and juicier every day. Maybe one day Jackson will save some for us to eat, for right now all his grapes are going into making wine, which, of course, is delicious, and a wonderful use of the grapes.

Last but not least were a few blueberries, we have a great patch of blueberries but this is something I would like to plant more of in the future. Not as sweet as the blueberries I remember raking as a child in Maine, but still well worth the effort.




What a glorious day it is today, makes me so grateful for the rain. The bounty that flows from this piece of property we own, some days, amazes me, I am blessed.