Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Joan Denoo 19 minutes ago

Loam Gnome, yes, we have a Generation Garden at L&L Acres with peonies out of both grandparents gardens, iris with lovely shades of yellow, blue, violet, even an almost black one. Rhubarb that is a lovely red color of vegetable.   Lilacs from my Great-grandmother's grave, and from my grandparent's gardens.  I introduced flowers into my Spokane garden because they reminded me of flowers in my ancestor's gardens; Bleeding heart, poppies, hollyhock, snapdragon, sweet William, and those old-fashioned ones. I will introduce them here as time and space allow. 

Comment by Patricia 5 hours ago

Oil, vinegar, (about 2 to 1), a little dry mustard, onion, parsley flakes, cayenne, black pepper. Add garlic &/or feta cheese if desired, & shake well. Let stand for at least an hour, shaking occasionally. I never measure.

Comment by Loam Gnome 6 hours ago

Does anyone have an easy salad dressing recipe?  I don't like to keep it around because I often don't use it up.  I tried mixing about equal parts vinegar, oil, water, plus some parmesan, pepper, onion and garlic powder.  It wasn't bad, but maybe too sour.  The good part is none was left to sit in the fridge, and it was from things I had around the kitchen.  But I need a better recipe.

Comment by Loam Gnome 11 hours ago

Randy, will your corn be knee high by the 4th of July?  I think my first batch might.  Some are just germinating.  Sweetcorn, I'm not growing other types this year.  I was planting a batch every 2 weeks to spread out the harvest.

Joan,  that's a big project, and I'm sure there were lots of emotions with that.  Were you able to keep any family heirloom plants?  Lilacs, or irises?

I planted some Ixia among the strawberries.  I don't know why, just because.

The Sisyrichium is almost done blooming.  I want to save the seeds, and plant them for a big row of bloom in, maybe, 2 years.  These are called "Yellow Blue Eyed Flower" because they are related to one called "Blue Eyed Flower" but are yellow.  Strange name.

The Egyptian Walking Onions are a substitute family heritage plant for me.  I say that because my grandparents and great aunt grew them, and she gave me a start, but as life went by, I lost them.  So 20 years ago I ordered some from Seed Savers, and these are descended from that order.

My house was built in the 70s.  It doesn't have much history or character, but needed a lot of work nonetheless.  I looked at older homes, but each had a fatal flaw - buried oil tank, termites / carpenter ants, deed confusion with easements.  I liked the old trees and shrubs, but had to be practical.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Randy, have you noticed how old things hold our attention and offer a bit of stability in an unstable world, even if the porch boards rot away, the stairs cave in, and cracks appear in the walls? 

We spent the months of May and June clearing out my home of 42 years. I was chased out of the house because I wanted to keep everything; so, I spent my time in the garden clearing out the overgrowth from years of neglect because of my health problems. Those inside ask me about some old thing and I say, "It was Grandma Whiteheads stirring spoon she used when boiling clothes on the wood stove," or something like that. The family chooses to put the old things in the "keep" pile. 

We made trip after trip to the dump, many to Goodwill and other such places, and truckloads of trimmings from my garden went to recycle. 

We hope to have the house on the market by July 1. The floors sag, the house still dances with the changes from winter to summer and back again and the house goes "as it is." 

Comment by Randall Smith yesterday

Spud, I'm not sure exactly why vegetable farms can't get crop insurance. Perhaps it's too expensive. Maybe it's because they aren't subsidized like most major crops (farmers).

As for my porch, you should see it up close! It's cracked, falling apart (there's a "fruit cellar" beneath it), and needs cleaning (power washed). Joan, out of the picture is a swing to the right. The glider came from my grandparents--very old. You're right, I should sit out there more often. The chipmunks enjoy playing on it!

Beautiful flowers, Daniel!

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Randy, your porch is beautiful and a nice place to sit with a fresh brew of coffee and whatever appeals to your taste buds. A lovely meditation spot. 

Comment by Patricia on Saturday

I can almost smell them......so pretty!

Comment by Loam Gnome on Saturday

A few flowers around the yard.  Finally starting to get caught up on mowing so I can stop and smell the flowers;

Plus some flowers on a chestnut tree.  Most of the flowers are male.  That might be due to the youth of this tree.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Friday

Beautiful porch by the way.  How much time does it take to water all those flowers?


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