Friday, July 31, 2009
Whereas, the pumpkin-colored bars below are infused with peppermint tea, creating a warm, speckled bar that smacks of dessert. We wrap the bars in brown paper for photography purposes, but all bars are wrapped in plastic and padded before shipping to keep them fresh and undamaged.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Our adventures continue in the wilderness formerly known as The Garden ...
The long and twining vines of the pumpkin plants have returned to their old spot this year, flanking the opening between the yard and garden. A mixture of Connecticut Fields, stripey white and orange, Jack-Be-Little and sugar pumpkins, there's no telling what from who with their tiny identical vines ...
This is not entirely our fault, since the pumpkins tend to plant themselves despite our best efforts at building little hills and germinating seeds inside. Last year's broken fruits and dried-out shells -- half-buried beneath leaf piles or rain-swept soil -- spring to life after the first summer rain and mix themselves with the garden planted seeds for a "wild patch" effect.
A few of this year's wild plants were transplanted from the "pumpkin graveyard" of last year -- the spot on the other side of the garden where rotten Jack O' Lanterns and moldy mini pumpkins are tossed after Halloween. The rain brings the seedlings to life, and since I don't have the heart to mow over them, several of them get transferred to the pumpkin patch to join their friends.
With all these pumpkins, we're going to need a big scarecrow to keep the wildlife away .....
Friday, July 10, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
A glimpse inside the overhead muscadine arbor ...
The raised beds are new additions (the first of a large-scale container gardening plan). They house vegetables, flowers, herbs, and even potatoes ... hopefully, we'll be posting links to a few articles on container gardening in the coming months.
The garden in progress: the first raised beds by the arbors
A passion flower vine sprouts beside the caged cherub. Behind it, a mix of mullion blossoms, black-eyed susans, herbs, and wild garlic blossoms ....