and farewell to May's clouds.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
is the Blue Jay.
I did see an Indigo Bunting two different times this month.
They were just passing through.
were across the street in the cemetery.
I have not seen them this year.
They were successful already this year.
They all looked exactly alike.
I thought this Jay was the dad since he
seemed to be keeping an eye out for danger.
I only cut one third of the buds off the bush.
That way there are some that open to full bloom.
I can use the petals for rose teas, water or syrups.
I like to pick a miniature rose for my water glass or
for garnish for my salad.
The roses are pretty in little vases tucked into surprise spots.
I like to have a few inside my glass doored cabinets.
I like to wear them in my hair and on my hat.
Now that the rose bush is producing I should have miniature roses
Last year I let the rose bush heal from the hard frost.
Some of the roses I will dry whole for winter crafting.
The roses look pretty drying in the open weave basket
on the dining room table.
Plus I am reminded to dry roses.
I will add to this string each time I make rose water.
I have missed working with the roses.
so I sow seed every year.
I gather the seed when it is ripe and dry it for next year.
I grow the parsley for the Black Swallowtails.
It is one of the host plants the butterflies need for their caterpillars.
(I use lavender water)
I soak the seed for 24 hours.
and the soil has warmed.
I like the triple curled leaf but all types of parsley are pretty.
I sowed enough seed today for the butterflies and for me!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I brought my blanket with me.
The air was chilly with a light breeze.
I seldom see him.
The miniature pink roses are starting to open. I will dry some.
I have an idea for a new small Christmas tree.
I want to do a rose tree with a rose garland circling from the top of the tree to the bottom. I think a table top feather tree would be pretty. I am making rose petal beads for my tree.
I will dry rose petals this year. I have this idea of large glass jars filled with rose petals on my hearth in January. I am planning ahead. I am thinking "roses" for 2009. Lots and lots of roses. Maybe I will see about replanting the rose bushes that died last year.
I watched the Painted Daisies dance in the evening breeze.
Tomorrow I will bring the flower presses up.
I think a few pressed Painted Daisies would be nice
next February when the cold northern wind blows.
Perhaps I will make my Valentines from garden pressed flowers.
Enough white roses were in bloom this morning
for me to make my rose water.
I will make lots of rose water this summer and freeze it.
I use rose water for teas and for cosmetics.
we planted nine years ago.
I thought it would bloom when it was ready.
I cut 36 stems of peonies for the house.
I am putting up now for winter tea.
Over the weekend my husband and I planted lots of seeds.
Already our squash is sprouted as is the romaine.
Spinach, basil and dill will be sprouting any day.
The tomatoes have blooms.
I am hoping to be harvesting all summer.
Monday, May 26, 2008
has a parade of flags each Memorial Day.
The streets are lined with over 2600 flags.
Each flag represents a soldier buried in this 130 acre cemetery.
I was concerned when I heard thunder.
By noon the flags were wet.
These are the poppies I think of when I read Flander's Field.
My husband I placed peonies on the family graves yesterday.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
wrapped in newspaper, on a very warm Summer day.
A friend of my son brought them to me and said they needed a home.
My heart was touched by these homeless peonies.
I figured the flower bed would come in later. The plants needed to get into the ground.
Each year when they bloom I am grateful I opened my garden to them.
We needed rain.
I stayed inside and worked with my notes from last night's teleconference.
I worked on a post for Ayurveda Way.
I did a bit of on line shopping.
I did not notice the rain had stopped.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
He seemed tired.
It is a busy time for him and his mate,
to give the pep talk.
to be sure and chase the Starlings out of the yard.
Once those youngsters begin coming to the deck the raisins will be gone.
raisins stocked for him and the Robins
but the Starlings are too numerous.
He seemed to understand.
At least he sat for a bit and relaxed.
will give a webcast program on wellness.
I will be listening.
and remembering to drink lots of water.
I wonder what Dr. Nancy would say about that?