Monday, May 23, 2011

Garden update

Spinach, lettuce, chard, kale and peas growing by the house.

Trying to get back into blogging. I figured since I've been working in the yard quite a bit these past few days, a garden update would be a good place to start.
The weather has been rather uncooperative this year and we haven't been able to get too much growing yet, and what we do have planted the squirrels keep digging up. Gardening is always an interesting adventure!
Anyway, here's what we have for now. Have a blessed day!

Cherry tomatoes, chives, and a pretty little flower that I can't remember the name of since I didn't save the tag (not blooming yet)

Broccoli plants. I grew one last year and it did pretty well, so thought we'd try a few more this year since that is one of the few veggies that everyone at our house likes to eat. :)

The girls' teepee. We are trying to grow sweet pea flowers and eating peas to climb up around it. I also have a clematis that my mom-in-law got me for Mother's day that we planted out there. Around the bottom we are growing various herbs for medicinal and culinary uses.

Some of the herbs waiting to be planted...lemon verbena, cinnamon basil, lemon balm and roman chamomile.

Blueberry bush loaded with blossoms! Woo hoo! I was so happy to see this because I thought I had killed our blueberry bushes last year as they didn't get any blooms. Now just gotta keep the critters from stealing our food.

Rhubarb that our lovely neighbor gave us last year. Thought I had killed this too, but lo and behold, it is alive!

Raspberry patch. Our two canes we planted a couple years ago are thriving. And we added 3 more this year. Mmmm!

Okay, so this isn't a plant, but it is part of our garden. Hubby surprised me and put in this super cool rain barrel while I was visiting my mom in Minnesota. It fills up so fast...we should have rain barrels all over the yard!

Just a view of the yard from the back door. My lilac bushes are blooming so nicely. Wish they could last all summer long.

Did I mention how wonderful my hubby is? He fixed my clothesline for me so I could use it again. Now if only it would stop raining....

Well, there you have it. A little tour of our humble garden. I'm looking forward to seeing what we harvest this year!

"Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits-"
Psalm 103:2

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday Walk

Today we finally had some nice warm sunshine here in the Northwest, and the girls and I got out and enjoyed some time in the fresh air.
We've been trying to take a walk everyday this week after lunch, but we've just been walking a block or two by our house. Since it was so beautiful outside today we decided to take our cameras and bird book and go walk around the trails by the library.

There are quite a few ponds out there and lots of little trails weaving around among them. A great place to get a glimpse of some ducks and geese as they are usually all over out there. And this time of year there are babies! We were lucky enough today to see both ducklings and goslings. The girls were so excited!

We also saw a few red-winged black birds and got to hear some of the different calls they make. Hannah was fascinated that the same bird could make such different sounds.

We also saw some pretty flowers blooming around the ponds and many little, tiny flowers among the grass.

After walking around for a bit, we took a break and found a nice bench in the shade and read a chapter from our Little House book. We try to read a chapter everyday before nap time and we are now in the 5th book.

It was a great day to be out and I am so blessed that I got to spend that time enjoying nature with my girls. God is good!

And it was great too because the girls have been learning about creation at Sunday school so we were able to talk about all of the wonderful things that God made.

"God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1

(I am sorry it has been months since I've posted on here...hoping to do better again. Sometimes it just seems like there is not enough time in a day to do everything I would like to do!)