Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Tisket, A Tasket. .

So far, the weekend has been a great opportunity to slow our pace a little bit, and catch a needed breath of fresh air!! The weather has been perfect!! The sea of larkspur is in full glory!! We caught sight of a tiny little male ruby throated hummingbird devouring the pollen Friday. .we have seen glimpses of hummers for several weeks now, but hadn't gotten close enough to see them. I have only seen one at a time. .so there may only be one around, and it may be different ones as they fly north! I was able to really see this guy with the binoculars, but just couldn't get close enough to get a photo. .you'll just have to take my word that he was C-U-T-E!! 
The girls are getting big. .and finally don't look so horrid!! Yesterday we let them out of the cage in the morning. .and after seeing that the cats weren't too interested in them anymore. .let them run around all day long!!
They stay busy, busy. .picking through the weeds. .they also enjoy sitting all together as a group in the shade, napping!!

I got most of my containers filled up this past week. .and was glad to have gotten my funnel planters loaded up again!! I chose an asparagus fern and a black eyed susan vine. 
The purple water iris bloomed last week (thanks Becky!) and the water lily has more than one bloom at a time already! The fish are re-trained to come swimmin' at the sound of our voices. .they are fun to watch, especially when they eat!!
And the front succulent garden has filled in well. Everything seems so much larger than life as compared to last year. .so I can't wait to see how much everything grows over the 

The veggie garden is doing well. .Here is our potato crop. .Yukon gold and Red Norland. 
Behind the potatos, along the fence are 2 Crimson Red rhubarb plants, ready to be made into a pie. .2 red lathum raspberry bushes (one with some berries even) and 2 Navaho thornless blackberry bushes.  The tomatoes are to the right side of the photo. .but aren't large enough to see really well.
The brick planter has garlic (a new crop for us). .and to the right of that are beets, peppers, broccoli; and in front of it are more peppers, basil (self seeded from last year) carrots, and lettuce mixes. I have seeded in melons and cukes, and put some squash seeds and gourd seeds in the greenhouse to sprout.  You can see to the right lower corner, the spiky green grass looking plant. .my old nemesis. .the Johnson grass!! That area still needs some cardboard mulch to go down, and hopefully the melons will crawl out onto the mulched down middle as it smothers the grass (HOPEFULLY) 

In honor of Mother's Day, I wanted to share one of my favorite passages from the Bible. .
Mainly, because this woman they are speaking of in the passage. .
is someone whom I would really like to emulate in my life. .
and strive to become someday!! 
Proverbs 31:10-30
Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
    She is more precious than rubies.
Her husband can trust her,
    and she will greatly enrich his life.
She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.

This weekend the Silver lace vine got a face lift  using jute to tie up the stragglers. The memory garden is across the sidewalk from this vine.

She finds wool and flax
    and busily spins it.
She is like a merchant’s ship,
    bringing her food from afar.
She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
    and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
    with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She is energetic and strong,
    a hard worker.
The hollyhocks are just starting, and amazingly. .there are three different colors blooming side by side in the front garden bed. Not too often can I shoot their photo with nice looking leaves too!!
She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
    her lamp burns late into the night.

Her hands are busy spinning thread,
    her fingers twisting fiber.
She extends a helping hand to the poor
    and opens her arms to the needy.
She has no fear of winter for her household,
    for everyone has warm clothes.

She makes her own bedspreads.
    She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. 
The Mexican hat has self seeded, as has the gray headed coneflowers planted last spring from High Country Gardens. .The buds are formed, and I can hardly WAIT for their colors to pop. .you can bet I'll be posting their pondside display!!
Her husband is well known at the city gates,
    where he sits with the other civic leaders.
She makes belted linen garments
    and sashes to sell to the merchants.

She is clothed with strength and dignity,
    and she laughs without fear of the future.
Such a vivid purple of the larkspur next to the passed along penstemon plant from my friend Pat!
When she speaks, her words are wise,
    and she gives instructions with kindness.
She carefully watches everything in her household
    and suffers nothing from laziness.

The zip line got another overhaul last weekend by my dear hubby!!  Now even Cami can climb the ladder to get on if the handles are close!
 Her children stand and bless her.
    Her husband praises her:
 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
    but you surpass them all!”
The red hot pokers bloomed. I was slightly disappointed in the length of their blooms, but they bloomed long enough that the hummer was sighted on them too!
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
    but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
 Reward her for all she has done.
    Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

HAHAHA! Can you just imagine the gossip?

Happy Mother's Day!!
A little over a week, and I will be the mom of TWO high school kids. .stay tuned!!


  1. Hummers are such a treat. I hope you're able to get a photo some time.
    The chickens are growing! Chickens are very entertaining. I love it when one finds a big bug that she can't eat without sitting it down somewhere and all the other chickens want it too. Too funny to watch them chase for the bug.
    Those funnel planters look good! Your veggie garden is really filling in. And, the blooms at your place. It really seems like everything is bigger with more blooms this spring.
    Enjoy Mother's Day!

  2. Love those funnel planters. And you want to hear funny? --I JUST planted my taters yesterday. Wow-we ARE behind. But it evens out-I get to steal all your hummers!
    Happy Mother's Day!

  3. The Bible verse you quote has long been a favorite of mine....My brother read it to our mom during the last few moments of her life....quite moving and memorable to say the least....Ruby Booth a woman that I have grown up with at church and I love her dearly...I used to tease her that she had HER very OWN verse in the Bible....I am just certain that all Mother's are BEAUTIFUL and have a special place in Heaven...Hopefully a beautiful garden like yours is there waiting .......

  4. YEY! I'm glad that Iris is happier at your house!!
    Your chickens are cute! Don't they remind you of nosy old ladies?? I love chickens.
    Hope you had a wonderful mothers day!!

  5. Can't wait to eat the rhubarb pie you are making for our trip to Mom's this weekend!!!! :)


  6. Enjoyed the post, and I love that you have chickens! Hilarious about the "hen conference" in that last picture. :) And thanks for the Proverbs chapter, too. That's an inspiration. :)