Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer's Bounty

The wild blackberries are covering the canes......
Ripe for the picking, they accompanied me at breakfast this morning .
Sweet summer treats.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Mum, is this my good side ?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hardy Blooms

Each year despite the lack of rain for days on end, we are graced with prolific blooms on the Rose of Sharon ( Hibiscus syriacus ) bushes.
This particular bush was a volunteer, a single seed or two carried by the wind or possibly a bird.
It is also a second generation plant, the original bush belonging to my husband's mother who shared it's propagated beauty from her garden to ours.

Oftentimes they are considered an invasive plant, since they tend to spread so easily, but we enjoy their endless blooms, and tend to agree with the A.A. Milne quote.....
“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”    



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Slice Of Sunshine

If your looking for a quick, unassuming dessert one of my favorites is Frozen Lemonade Pie...
Refreshingly cool, and what could be more simple to make !
The perfect treat on unforgiving HOT days.


1 large graham cracker pie crust
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, chilled
1 6-ounce can of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 12 ounce container of Cool Whip, thawed
candied lemon peel for garnish (optional)


Beat together condensed milk and lemonade; fold in Cool Whip.
Pour into pie crust. Freeze for at least 3-4 hours until firm.
Makes 8 servings
Enjoy !

Friday, June 5, 2015

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

The rains have finally stopped, and the sunshine has returned, at least for now.
Do you know how tall the grass can grow when you skip a few lawn-mowings ?
Infinitely so........

   Blue skies and sunshine and finally a chance to return to the garden.


 Farmers are trying to get their hay baled.
  Baling wet hay is just asking for trouble.

I like to dot solar-powered lights and whimsical pieces between the flowers and plants.
This sweet little bird faucet lights up at night, and looks like bubbling water is flowing from it's spout.
Whatever your plans this weekend, I hope they are filled with sunshine and flowers ~