my parents just moved to the country: they're still in the "aren't deer cute?" phase. it will be a rude awakening!
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
today's flower has got to be my nasturtiums which i planted back in may in my planter boxes...they didnt bloom at all this summer because i think the soil was too rich and they don't like that, but come halloween, they started to show! now it's almost christmas, and despite several hard freezes, they continue to shine!
merry christmas to me!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
every year i dream of making and baking all of my christmas gifts, but somehow, december 25th seems to catch me by surprise and i have no time left for these tasks. this year my plan is to decorate simply, buy handmade gifts from my artist and crafter friends, and finally, enjoy the season! i am going to make a wreath, however! i confirmed this decision as i slipped down the stairs on a recently fallen sweet gum ball and turned my ankle. i had seen a diy project of a white sweet gum ball wreath and i was going to make it! i havent collected the gum balls yet, but i have ordered a straw wreath and floral pins: i hope they arrive today so i can make the wreath this weekend! my intentions are good, but if i dont follow through, i can always order a wreath from etsy:)
Thursday, December 1, 2011
the strong winds of autumn have blown most of the leaves off the trees, and i have noticed these huge paper-y hornet hives hanging in them: i think they might be abandoned housing of bald face hornets.
i believe i may have been stung by a few in my day!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
i love this house: what a great job at urban guerilla gardening! i like the grey water usage for watering.
Monday, November 21, 2011
i spend so much time trying to eradicate the bind weed in my yard that i often forget they have some really beautiful members of their family! well, this morning i was reminded.
these lovely pink and purple flowers are from one gnarly Ipomoea purpurea vine around a stop sign.
i dont know what this petite orange variety is called, but i love it!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
we are enjoying a lovely indian summer here in the mid-atlantic with today's highs in the 70's. today's plant is my neighbor's gorgeous elephant ear, Colocasia esculenta (common taro) which is still looking marvelous despite some recent chilly night temperatures. will it make thanksgiving?
Friday, November 4, 2011
autumn is a wonderful time to work in your garden...or not!
•there is a fall orchid sale at lyman estate greenhouses in waltham, massachusetts today thru sunday.
explore the world of watersheds in richmond. california
(you know: right by the oil refineries in cancer alley).
•winterize your pond correctly saturday at this workshop in woodland, washington.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
vertical gardening has really come into its own, and has migrated from commercial and public installations to the front of your house. and, why not? green spaces are becoming more dear as development takes over every inch of the urban/suburban landscape. the maximum green house (above) was recently completed in singapore, where every inch of land is at a premium. i snapped this photo during my recent visit to san francisco's russian hill, where gardening space is also highly valued.
this gardener may have gone a little overboard, completely obstructing the view of their house (i think there is a house in there!). maintenance of this place must be quite a chore!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
i am not really a fan of chrysanthemums! yeah, yeah: they DO provide fall color, but asters are more my style: mums tend to fall over if not clipped and clipped all summer, and i always seem to forget!
but one of my neighbors obviously knows how to treat them as i stumbled upon this huge poof of lilac-pink ones: lovely!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
there is much to do this weekend in the garden and out, coast to coast.
Coastal Growers' Market Saunderstown, RI
Saturday, May 14, 2011 Saturday, October 29, 2011
Designing with California Friendly Plants Irvine, CA
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Knowing Native Plants: Trees of BHWP New Hope, PA
Saturday, October 29, 2011
2011 Green Industry Conference Louisville, KY
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
yes: they are trying to get inside your house now! the dreaded brown marmorated stink bugs are feeling the chill, and they want to come in doors to lay an egg! i am not big on killing things-especially with pesticides-but the horrible stink bug needs to go! i find myself hunting them down from the mini blinds, crushing them in tissues, and finally, flushing them down the toilet: yuch! this year, both maryland and virginia received special permission to chemically treat peach and apple crops from this dreaded beast: bad news for fruit lovers! but, this is what they did to my tomatoes this year.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
today you can feel fall in the air.
the leaves are just beginning to get color and the wind is blowing them off of the trees and swirling them around the streets.
one of my favorite places to visit during this season is brookside gardens.
this public garden has so many lovely plantings set in wonderful vignettes which showcase all the beauty of autumn.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
the vegetables and herbs i planted in containers are still overflowing with stuff even though it is mid-october. i have so much basil right now and no time to cook stuff: i dont want to waste it so what should i do?
well, apparently, you can freeze it semi-processed and use it later!
so, i picked it, washed it, pulsed it in the food processor with olive oil, and stored it in air-tight containers: problem solved!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
temperatures may have dropped, but autumn hasn't set in yet and everything hasn't migrated south. not only did i see all kinds of bees today, but the dragonflies were on the move and this lovely monarch was on one of my buddleia...such a relief after four weeks of overcast skies!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
you can be part of the common good by planting seeds at common good city farm...or learn how to plant seeds: the popular urban farm and education center also wants you to harvest your seeds, weed, compost and participate in the garden as community. help grow fresh fruit and veggies for low-income residents of dc while ruining your manicure, er, getting your hands dirty. orientation is tomorrow (and the first saturday of every month through september), sign up for specific times and tasks, then get to work.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
farmer's markets are only getting better and closer to you these days... if you happen to work or live in southwest dc, grab a beer, listen to live music and buy some fresh organic veggies at The Wharf Farmers Market, today and every other thursday through september, 5-8pm at the 7th street landing @ 7th and water streets, sw dc.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
after our extreme heat here in the mis-atlantic (which caused half my veggies to bolt) ended sunday evening, fantastic weather has been upon us! tonight's sunset was amazing, but rain is in the near future, and i am thankful!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
i never liked radishes until i started eating at meylin's: the pickled vegetables are inspiring and delicious. so, now i am growing them. the radishes in my square foot garden needed big-time thinning as i planted the entire pack of seeds in 12 square inches (last year's seed). i now have a ton of radish greens...what to do?
apparently there are lots of things! i am not so big on the radish greens raw as they are a little furry, but...braised radish greens
1. cook radish greens with olive oil, garlic and a dash of nutmeg until wilted and garlic is cooked.
2. add a dash of balsamic vinegar.
3. remove from heat.
radish green soup
1. cook onions and/or leeks over low heat with olive oil until soft and slightly carmelized (10-15 minutes).
2. add radish greens and cook til wilted.
3. add 1medium/large chopped potato
4. add 8 cups of cold water and/or broth. bring to a boil and cook til potatoes are tender.
5. remove from heat and let cool slightly.
6. salt and pepper.
7. smooth in a blender then strain through a fine sieve or chinoise.
8. stir in some lemon juice.
9. adjust seasoning
10. top with a dollop of greek yogurt topped and chopped chives.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
i have never been able to grow clematis because i've never found the perfect combo of "cold feet and hot head" in my yard. my neighbors have, though and they've created quite a spring spectacle!