Good Morning

Good Morning

It’s another June Seattle day when the sun is playing hide and seek with us once more. I would like the sun to join us until about October, is that too much to ask? I am sure that I’m not the only Seattleite feeling this way. Still, we love our Emerald city because without all this rain, how can we be touted as emerald?

Yesterday, I went to the local garden store to get some annuals, herbs and a couple of veggie starts. I am not sure how they will do if the weather continues to behave this way. But a gardener is always hopeful that Mother Nature would be kind. As I am writing this, the rain has tapered off and the sky seems a little brighter.

Today’s bits:

I found some portulaca or Moss Rose and will be planting them in the front borders since the sun beats down quite hard there when it actually does.

I have a weakness for anything related to, named after and resembling Spain – this Sevilla Chair looks awfully comfortable to me. If only I had a porch…

This bamboo iPhone cover with a laser engraving of Leandro Castelao’s art is quite lovely.

Nigel Slater talks about growing his own vegetables in these videos. (Thanks, curiousmint, for telling me about his new book, Tender.)

Comeback?

Seed madness

You can call this whatever you like but I call it “I’m so glad to be back!”.

As you can tell, I was picking through my seed packets yesterday and sorting through what I might have time to plant in my backyard. Grow, grow, grow, I say!

Have you seen these adorable little frocks Alicia has been sewing for her baby? I love them!

These brick succulent planter idea from Readymade is genius! I think I have the spot just for these.

I’ve been thinking about Alfajores that Matt Armendariz made and didn’t want to get into exploding a can of condensed milk. Dave Lebovitz has good method of making dulce de leche in the oven, minus the can.

How I would love it if someone dedicated this song to me – Yo-Yo Ma & Diana Krall’s You Couldn’t Be Cuter.

I am very curious about this manual Espresso Maker at Matteria.

Scintillate

Scarlett sparkles in the sun

She sparkles, this house of mine, especially in the sunshine.

Since I returned after spring, I have been missing out on some gardening time. The rainy cooler climes we have been experiencing however, does not make me feel so delayed. I was able to get out this past Saturday to weed my entire yard as well as the planting bed. This afternoon, I spent a little more time planting some seeds. I skipped the spring crops and went right into the summer crops – some zucchini, squash, basil, dill, cucumber and greens. I might get one or two tomato starts from the store and see how they fare this summer. Last year was a spectacular year for tomatoes here in the PNW.

I am also finding myself back to blogging since I have some time on my hands. I thought I would share any new things I encounter each day and perhaps some other “little bunnies” that I have chosen to follow down the hole. [wink]

Since my attention has now shifted outside with the longer days (notice I am not saying warmer days), I am coveting some of the pretties at this adorable home/garden/gift store: terrain

Spending time in a certain part of the world has got me thinking about learning to ride a scooter. Aren’t these the cutest helmets?

And probably not that new, but here’s a Tastespotting-esque site for typo-fanatics – we love typography

Neglected

Since I’ve been home, fatigue and bad weather has been keeping me away from my garden. Yesterday afternoon when the sun peeked out over the city, I found enough energy to go outside to inspect my long neglected garden.

I have much weeding and cutting back to do but my garden still surprised me. I found that my fig tree is now taller than my back fence. I brought it home 4 years ago as a tiny plant and now it’s grown up. I’m looking forward to seeing it fill out but first, I need to tame that euphorbia that is invading its personal space.

My Japanese maple is flourishing as well. Much taller and with beautiful dark red leaves.

The climbing hydrangea that I was certain, would succumb to this insect eating holes in its leaves, is now 2/3 of the way up the trellis.

My rose plants are also bursting with gorgeous blooms of copper, peach and vermilion.

The rhubarb has also returned looking healthy, I think next spring I’ll have my very own rhubarb. Can’t wait to make me some pie.

One of the plants that has really come into its own is the Elderberry. Its dark maple-like leaves and little pink flowers catch my eye every time I walk in from the car.

Wondering how my stock tanks up front are doing? One of them is filled with strawberry plants – can’t wait to pick those tiny berries. They are the best tasting strawberries I’ve ever eaten. Another is filled with crocosmia that is now returning. They will look spectacular come August. The last one is a blank slate that I am planning to fill with chives, dill, basil, thyme and savory.

My garden has been forgiving while I’ve been gone, I think it’s time for me to return some of that love.

[I promise some pictures soon.]

Another transition

Sunset

Lately, it’s been about transitions for me. I can’t quite say that I like it but with change comes a lot of new chances for good things to happen. I think that’s how I cope, mostly.

Soon it’s goodbye to Singapore, for a while. I’ve been grateful for the time here. I never thought that I would get this opportunity but I’ve been blessed.

There are stories to tell, pictures to share and plans to make but for now, I wanted to be thankful.

Not in his goals but in his transitions is man great.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Green Beans with bacon & shallots

Green Beans with bacon and shallots

Last week, J gave me a bunch of green beans from her garden and I made this delicious green bean dish. It was easy and the beans were so tender. Of course bacon helps anything taste good too!

Thanks J, for being my friend, inside and outside of the garden.

Tomatillos

Tomatillos

I love how these growing tomatillos look like little Chinese lanterns. Ever since I got into gardening, I have a new found respect for Mother Nature. Mostly I’m thinking about all that chile verde that I will be eating.

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive.
There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good,
And we must hunger after them.”- George Eliot

Our little backyard

Backyard - Jun 21, 2009

When I looked out the back room windows this weekend, I saw this. Our little backyard. We have worked many hours in the garden to get it to this point. It is almost where I want it to be, the final piece of lawn needs to be replaced with gravel. And we need to get a firepit.

If I must say so, it is beautiful.

Before the growing season started and I was in such a seed starting frenzy, I had visions of a lush backyard. I didn’t know that I would be looking at it now.

I have Mike to thank for the raised bed and the heavy lifting. Mostly, I have K to thank for her creative hands, strong back, patience and company. We spent many hours bringing it all together, so I hope she comes back soon so she can share in the fruits of her labor.

“No man is poor who has friends.”

I’m a lucky girl. Lucky and grateful.

Lettuce Tub – 3.5 weeks

After 3.5 weeks, my lettuce tub looks promising.

Lettuce Tub 3 weeks

On the left, I sowed some arugula, chervil and tatsoi a week ago. No sign of sprouts from those yet. Soon.