Monday, June 20, 2016

Welcome Summer!

The weekend brought us fabulous weather. Comfortably warm, low humidity. Cool nights. It was a nice break after the hot and muggy week. Great weather for getting outside and doing the yard work. We didn't put in a big garden, like we planned to. There was just to much "catch-up" work to do in the studio. A kiln-less winter put us behind and studio work takes precedence over everything else. The one thing we did do was plant some flowers and herbs in the front of house. This was an area that was pretty much ready to go, after a little weeding.


Most of our little garden are plants that we either moved from the log cabin, or were given to us. I did buy a couple of flower and herbs. Some I bought on clearance at Lowe's. On the right, still in it's pot, is buchu. It's a Korean chive. We were gifted with two of these and are so excited to have them. Jeff and I use them a lot in Korean cooking and we like them snipped on top of a salad as well. They have a  similar, but stronger flavor than traditional chives.

I splurged on the cone flowers last week. I have always wanted some and can't believe that I never had them in past gardens!


I planted zinnias from seeds. They are doing ok. I am hoping they well re-seed themselves so that eventually, in the future,  I will have a nice bed of them.


Can anyone identify this? At the log cabin, I thought it was a weed because it was growing in the lawn. I always mowed it over. Jeff said it wasn't a weed and brought a piece of it to 505 E Main. It took off like crazy and the purple flowers are quite pretty. Please comment if you know what it is.


My days in the studio have been spent assembling piggy banks. Jeff has been working on bowls and pitchers. Last night when I was heading out to water my little garden, I noticed Jeff was trimming a guinomi. I couldn't resist snapping a photo with my phone. These are Jeff's favorite things to make and I think it's a great way for him to end his day in the studio.

8 comments:

  1. I believe the plant is yarrow. I only have it in white, & would love some if you end up having babies you don't want. I hope your flower & herb bed gives you lots of beauty & flavor this summer.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jeff thought it was yarrow! I would be glad to share some with you. Do you know when it is the best time to separate it? We did this one in the fall.

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Thank your for confirming! That is what Jeff thought it was. So glad I didn't mow it over this spring ;-)

      Delete
  3. Future post: what kind of wheel is Jeff using there? Looks like a wooden treadle.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love coneflowers too, we just planted some in the backyard, and I planted yarrow, but the yellow variety. The store where I used to work had a buy one get one free and I came home with a trunk load of plants Saturday! Thats the problem with buying a house, so many things to do inside and out. And I want it all done yesterday!

    ReplyDelete
  5. that's yarrow, and there are lots of varieties, there is even a low growing ground cover variety called wooly yarrow. I just put in two yarrow of the variety called paprika which is a dusky red color. I hope ot get some of the standard yellow yarrow because they are great as dried flowers. I love cone flowers, they have lots of hybrids right now with various colors and petal styles and I have put several in my garden, I like mixing in herbs with my flowers too because of their leaf shapes and because i can use them in my cooking, your garden is looking great.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Linda, my goal is that someday my garden will look as beautiful as yours!

      Delete

Don't be shy, talk to me... I won't know your out there if you don't!