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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Spring

These are decidely tumultuous times...around the world, in this country, in this region....some of this has effected the lives of those I know personally and I'm sure we all have some stories to tell to this affect.

But I don't want to do that today.

I admit to being a rather anxious person, and at times it's an effort for me to remain calm and effective when the world I live in doesn't seem very grounded and solid. But somehow, with all these glorious signs of spring all around me, it's hard for me not to be cheerful at least some of the time.

I wish I could lay claim to this glorious bed of tulips, but they bloom in the yard of our neighbors cross the street. Erica, you've done an amazing job!


Helena has a magnetic attraction to them and wants to go walk along the path everytime we go outside. Thankfully, she's old enough to understand that we can't pick them. We spent probably 40 minutes just checking out the tulip bed on this glorious spring day.













We traded Helena's trike for a "big girl bike, " which she's become quite proficient at riding.




Garlic mustard (have no idea what it's scientific name is) grows like a weed in our yard. I learned last year that it was edible and I used it to top a delicious tart, the recipe from Amy at
Eggs on Sunday . If you haven't visited this amazing cooking blog I highly recommend it. She's a local Ithacan and uses fresh, seasonal items in amazing gourmet recipes, yum!


I used the garlic mustard as the topping instead of ramps...which I didn't have around. It turned out really great, and I like the idea of using weeds for food:-) It's quite tasty in salads and I've added to pastas as well.





We have these sweet little flowers blooming in our side yard...and my mom identified the plant as blood root, which has medicinal qualities. It does bleed a rusty color when you pick the blooms. My mom, who has studied herbalism extensively, is going to dig some up and transplant in her yard




Princess Petunia, Helena's "best puppet friend" (a topic which deserves it's own post sometime) got to tip toe through our tulips. We have a small bulb bed. I got ambitious last fall and bought 90 bulbs to plant in the bed in front of our house....but after digging up several pieces of slate that were roughly 12" x 12" x 4" I downsized my ambitions and ended up with about 15 tulips and roughly the same number of hyacinths.








Some other friends enjoyed our flower garden as well.



Violets, also edible, bloom profusely this time of year. Helena and I have pressed a few. We need to get or make a proper flower press.



We've finally passed our last frost date (May 15), and although it frosted for the last two nights, the 10 day weather report promises night time temps of 45 and higher, so our garden starts go in this week...tomatoes, basil, oregano....pasta sauce in the ground! Also cucs, peppers, squash and lettuce over the next few weeks as they get a bit bigger.


My kale has been in the ground about a month and I can start harvesting some soon. Radishes, carrots and sweet onions are all poking up. We're going to plant more seeds too...corn, winter squash, maybe a few others. This is a very ambitious garden for me, but once we get everything in I think I can keep up with the weeding and occasional watering that may be needed. The canning I'm less confident about, but I bought a pressure canner this winter off craigslist and tons of jars, so here's hoping!


I'll try to get some garden photos up soon...and the lilacs are blooming now...I have photos on my camera of those!


Happy Spring!