Category Archives: Flowers

It’s Wednesday! Here’s a Butterfly!

It’s Wednesday! Here’s a Butterfly!

It’s Wednesday. If only there were a butterfly.

I’m baking.

Here’s a butterfly.

Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly


Eastern Swallowtail

This is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail I believe. At least that’s what it appears to be from the Butterfly website I looked on to find the name. This is a female, the males are the reverse color. That’s kind of cool.

Eastern Swallowtail, thanks to the Parsnip for taking the pictures!



Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly

Today I am making Butterfly Salt…not really, but I am making Rosemary Salt from the recipe in Marissa McClellan’s book, Food in Jars

Rosemary Salt

1 Cup Fine or Medium milled Sea Salt

1/4 cup fresh Rosemary leaves finely chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 200°
  2. Toss salt and chopped rosemary together
  3. Put a layer of aluminum foil on a baking sheet, I used my baking stone
  4. Bake in oven for 15-30 minutes or until a nice rosemary scent is permeating your house
  5. Remove from oven, allow to cool
  6. Place your salt in a decorative tin or bottle if you’re giving it as a gift, or in a handy mason jar if you’re using it yourself. It should keep with care to not allow moisture in the container, for about 1 year.

Have a great paisley Wednesday!~KeriAnne

Throwback Thursday: Zinnia

Throwback Thursday: Zinnia
zinnia bouquet

Zinnia=what’s not to love?

Recently, someone asked me if the Zinnia is my favorite flower. Not really, but one would think so. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Zinnia. Roses are my favorite flower…or maybe tulips…honestly I would be hard pressed to pick just one as a favorite. I really love flowers. I think if I could only have one type for the rest of my life, I’d pick hydrangea. Having said all that, I do love the zinnia.

What’s not to love? They’re easy to grow, love to bloom and come in so many shapes, sizes and colors, there’s really something for everyone.

My mom was not a “yard” type person. She didn’t garden or fuss with the yard. It was always tidy but that was about all. Except…she did grow zinnias and sometimes snapdragons. I don’t recall marigolds, but they may have been in there somewhere, oh, and it seems like some years there might be an injection or two of petunias. Read the rest of this entry

Flutterby the Butterfly, Please Don’t Flick Your Wrist At Me, Or, Get The Whole Story

Flutterby the Butterfly, Please Don’t Flick Your Wrist At Me, Or, Get The Whole Story

Last week the zinnias got a well deserved deadheading. This week they’re showing that they are, indeed, grateful for the attention. If you are a butterfly, you are very grateful for this service.

Aside from just being delightful to look at and the cheerful bouquets Patrick has kept covering the kitchen counters this summer, the zinnias have been the butterfly capital of our property. Even more so than the butterfly weed. So, go figure.



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The Summer Is Here!

The Summer Is Here!

Today is the first day of summer! So happy summer! It’s the longest day of the year (or the shortest if you live on the other side of the world).

Summer is…

  • a time for home made and carted popsicles.
  • swimming pools or swimming holes.
  • firefly lanterns and sleep outs.
  • lemonade on the porch and watermelon in the fridge.
  • secrets with friends.
  • daisy chains and banana bikes.
  • pirates and princesses.
  • grandparents and cousins.

It’s the first day. What are you going to do with your summer?

Make it paisley!~KeriAnne

Throwback Thursday: Cornflower

Throwback Thursday: Cornflower

Last year I had one garden bed at the side of the house that was designated for winter squash, but it never got planted.

I realized that I really don’t like staying too long on that side of the house because it is near the road.

Seaweed or Woads, 2 months old.

I have this silly cat, Woads, that was abandoned by his mom at three days old, that I subsequently, bottle fed and raised. Now, when I’m outside, he’s right at my feet. If I’m on that side of the house, he’s too close to the road, because when he gets scared, he climbs me.

Now do you see the dilemma?

Every time a car goes by, I become Pepito from Madeline. (If you don’t understand this, you really must read the Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelmans. Go now, I’ll wait.)

So, this year, I tripled the size of the bed and planted flowers. The idea was to be able to attract pollinators, beautify the public side of the house and have a bed that I could plant and let be. It was such a good plan.

Three days after I planted, we had torrential rains. While the rest of the beds loved the rain, the flower bed with it’s tiny seeds, took a beating. The result?

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A Day For Chores

A Day For Chores

Last week I barely stepped in the garden. This week,  it shows. Today is a day for chores. Usually I don’t mind garden chores. Weeding is just part of things. Trellis training is a must. Sometimes it can be a bit tedious, but it’s so essential, I just keep my eye on the prize. The prize it seems is a beautiful, luscious, glorious, bountiful harvest!

Radish Harvest 2012

I have to weed Patrick’s Green Garden, with some help from the little guy of course.

I saw about 20 ladybugs in the radish bed today. I'm glad 'cause this is where I'll be putting tomatoes this week.

I have to finish harvesting radishes, all except those I’m waiting for seed from.

I have to train some wayward cucumbers that would really like to migrate to the neighboring bed (the manure is always richer on the other side of the trellis, it would seem), and I need to manage some melons that would really like to just meander in the yard instead of on the trellis.

I have tomatoes almost ready to pick! Yay! And, the Raveena eggplants are all in flower. Oh, I just remembered, I’m picking Pattypan squash babies this week for pickles. I have enough for about 2 quarts at the moment. I’ll be making UFO pickles Wednesday.

Ready to harvest! Tom Thumb Lettuce

Little Gem Lettuce has become my favorite lettuce. They are adorable!

It’s a little hard to tell from the pictures, but each head of the Little Gems are four inches across. They are adorable, and have become my favorite lettuce over all.

Patrick’s Green Garden has Mexican Sour Gherkins that are ready to pick as well. I’ll toss some of them in some brine as well at some point this week!

Green Zebra Tomatoes almost ready!

Paddy wanted me to put a picture of his Zinnias blooming. This is "Envy"

Paddy's Green Garden Green Doctors Cherry Tomatoes

In the big cucumber bed in back, the White Wonder is the first to fruit this year. So, dills and garlic dills will be the first to get put up. Oh, and I’m trying a new (for me) recipe of Olive Oil Dills this year. If any of you have made these, holler at me, I’d love to know what to expect.

That’s or you can leave a comment here.

Chores await, and I have a new book to listen to. Have a paisley day!~KeriAnne