Oh sweet Spring......... the fresh new green grass, birds a singing, April showers, sweet smell of lilacs, ........................... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh........leaping lizards!!! Did y'all hear me yell? Good grief!! I was planting begonias in the big pot next to the back door and this fella jumped on my arm. Now...... I have to tell you I am not afraid of the little creatures but .....DON'T jump on me when I am not expecting it. LOL........I fell back on my bumper I was so startled.
As I am sure most of you have been, I have been busy, busy, busy in the gardens with a lot still to be done. With all the rain, Bobby G. has been cutting grass like crazy every couple of days and I have been planting, planting, planting. Have you ever heard of Malabar Spinach? I had never heard of it until three years ago when I spotted a seed packet in this wonderful nursery I go to. It is a warm weather spinach and a vigorous vining and twining plant. To me, it has a more earthy taste than the regular spring spinach we are familiar with. This year, because of the deer, I have planted it in a big pot on the deck. I made a tripod trellis out of bamboo sticks. You can do the same instead of buying a store bought trellis. Just use any kind of sturdy limbs you get from your own (or your neighbors :) yard. The bamboo grows at my hairdresser's home and she graciously gave me all I wanted. :)
My cool weather spinach has finally gotten big enough to pick, along with my planter of mesclun. We had our first salad from it last night and it was wonderful. How fun it is to step out your back door and pick dinner. :) (that rascaly lizard likes to hide under this planter)
Run get your favorite beverage of choice and settle back 'cause this post is gonna' be a long one. :) Spring also means the start of yard sales around here and I get to go "treasure hunting". Many, many Saturdays, I come home with nothing but last Saturday was payday! The local highschool had their bi-annual flea market to benefit the PTO. There's lots of food and fresh baked goods too and it's like a party seeing all your neighbors there. I scored with getting this fabulous silver vase. It's real silver and very heavy and only cost.....uh uh....not tellin'. :) but mere pennies ) Isn't it gorgeous? It was heavily tarnished and I cleaned it up leaving the dark parts in the grooves. The lilacs came from a friend's garden.
One of the local churches also had a big sale. I love church sales. This one had one lady selling plants too. I got a hydrangea, some purple potato vines and a sedum. And I also got this fabulous old wooden well bucket. It's got that perfect cottage, shabby charm and it was already white. Can't beat that! It's a real charmer. I had a hard time not keeping this one but I did list it in the boutique today. A perfect piece to put red geraniums in!
The azaleas this year have been absolutely spectacular. Last year the cold got the buds and the show wasn't all that great but this year........woohoo.....the colorful dresses are dazzling. As I was taking photos of them yesterday the good Lord chose to give me the gift of a lifetime. As I was bending down to get a shot of a butterfly, a hummingbird buzzed and landed right in front of me.....not six inches away. I was literally shaking trying to get a picture of him. He was a gorgeous green jewel color. Can you see him?
And my vincas this year are truly gorgeous. Two years ago I planted some hostas next to the stone walkway, thinking it was the perfect place for them. In the hostas, was an accidental snippet of a vinca plant. Well...you guessed it. The hosta, not being very happy where they were planted, haven't done much but the vinca just took off. The blue flowers are as big as fifty cent pieces and stand so tall. The bicycle is almost hidden in it. I wish all of you lived closer so I could give you some for your gardens. It's a wonderful ground cover and a filler in hanging baskets.
"Help Me Martha"! I have been trying to grow green on my outside pots like Martha does, without much success, but this winter this pot, planted with my (future pesto), basil, finally turned green. I love the look of the old terra cotta, the white worn paint and the green moss. I think Martha would approve, don't you? :) My friend Cindy gave me the Help Me Martha sign. I love it! Because goodness knows I can use all the help I can get.
Some of you asked to see more of my pink dogwood after it bloomed to it's full glory and I am happy to oblige. I wish everyone of you could see this. It's a a big tree and stands just outside my family room window. In the late evening the whole room glows pink and I look ten years younger standing there. (just kiddin'...... I wish). The stained glass windows hanging in the windows were cabinet doors in my former home.
Bobby G. had a birthday yesterday. No cakes here but I did make this delicious dessert that was low calorie and low fat. I just made it up....very simple and easy. And would be perfect for a ladies tea party or Spring party. I mixed instant pudding with non-fat milk (I didn't use as much milk as called for on the box so the pudding mix would be real thick), then I folded in some non-fat cool whip. Layer chunks of angel food cake, the pudding mix, and fresh strawberries, ending with a top layer of plain cool whip. Top with some strawberries for decoration. Very elegant, taste good and it's easy on the calories. I used the bottom of my old glass punch bowl, turned upside down, as the bowl.
Well.....I am hopelessly hooked on the television show "Lost" (Sawyer) and it comes on in exactly 15 minutes so time to go for now. :) Stay sweet! Until later......