Category Archives: Heirloom

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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Paisley Plant of the Week: Tricolor Scalloped (Pattypan) Squash

Paisley Plant of the Week: Tricolor Scalloped (Pattypan) Squash

I love squash! I love it raw, steamed, mashed, pickled, you name the preparation procedure, I like it.

For the past two years I was unable to grow my own and was verklempt over it. I’ve made up for it this year.

Would anyone like some squash? = )

I can’t really say I love any one kind more than another, what drama that would cause.

Green Pattypan

I will tell you that I adore Pattypan (or Scalloped) Squash. I’m growing it Tri-color this year. I’ve had all of the colors before, but never at the same time; so this is pretty fun (and Paisley).

White Scalloped

Renee’s Garden sells color coded seed so you can actually grow them in a color order. I loved this idea until it came time to plant the transplants in the garden. I ended up intentionally not looking at which color would be where, it turns out I wanted to be surprised. It’s not like I have a nursery to paint or clothes to make, I’m just going to see what turns out.

Last fall I did the same thing with my carrot seeds. I put all the seeds that had the same requirements and harvesting times together and waited to see what was dug up. At this juncture, my OCD requires me to tell you that I had carefully listed all the possible varieties so that I could remember which were a hit and which fell short. (Phew. . . get off me cranky disorder)

Tri color Pattypan

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Paisley Plant of the Week: Vert Grimppant (The Green Climber)

Paisley Plant of the Week: Vert Grimppant (The Green Climber)

I grow many different melons. I really love vine plants in general, I think. This has to be why I seem to gravitate to Morning Glories and cucumbers, squash and, of course, melons.

I didn’t really know this about myself until very recently. We were at coffee with my in-laws and I overheard my hubby say, “If it climbs or vines, she has it.” He was answering a question about whether I grew bush or pole beans, but it made me think about my plant selections in an entirely new way.

I do have a tendency to choose vines and climbers. I’ll have to think for a spell on why that might be, but as of now, it’s just a point to ponder.

Let’s talk melons!

Vert Grimmpant...Lovely!

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Throwback Thursday: Sunflowers

Throwback Thursday: Sunflowers

Helianthus annuus

The Sunflower

Ah Sunflower

Ah Sunflower~William Blake(1757-1827) P. 1793

Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.

Giant globes of gardeny goodness. This is what you get with sunflowers.

Sunflowers rock!

That’s all, end of article. Not.

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Paisley Plant of the Week: Wonderberry or Sunberry

Paisley Plant of the Week: Wonderberry or Sunberry

Big drama in the plant of the week this week. Scandal, heartbreak, a reputation in ruins, all happened with this two foot high plant.

To start with, what’s in a name?

Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank (1949-1926) was a great botanist in his time. He was said to have developed 800-1000 new species of plants. Even a fraction of that total would be amazing. Unfortunately the man was not without his naysayers. I believe there is a certain amount of professional jealousy that may have been involved with some of the more vicious attacks on his character.

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Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly

Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly

This is where I would sit, in a lovely sea of lavender!

I love lavender!

I’m serious. I would have it as my best friend. I would hug it and squeeze it and call it George. I would give lavender a kidney if it found itself in need of a kidney.

I love lavender.

And, what’s not to love?

Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly

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Throwback Thursday: Honeysuckle

Throwback Thursday: Honeysuckle

Every time I step outside these days I’m taken aback by the heady smell of the honeysuckle wafting from the woods adjacent our property.

I love the woods by our house for many reasons. 1. They provide a nice barrier from the commercial businesses on the other side.  2. They make a wind break from the strong wind that blows over the lake. 3. They provide shelter for wildlife. 4. They make a sound barrier for the traffic from the highway. 5. They are chock full of the most delicious smelling honeysuckle.

It’s the last bit I’m talking about today.

Japanese Honeysuckle growing in the woods by the house.

Honeysuckle is a shrub Honeysuckle is also a vine. We are lucky enough to have three different kinds of Honeysuckle by the house. I love that at different parts of the day, the smell is different. I can’t help but wonder if the scents are sending different signals. This is not scientific, just the musings of a sensitive nose. ; )

In the morning there is a light, fruity almost citrus smell. About noon, there is a stronger, more wild honey sweet smell. Then, around six, there is the strongest smell of all. This is the intoxicating, permeating, vanilla bourbon yumminess.

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