Six on Saturday – What I Saw – January 26, 2019

I went to the Community Garden yesterday to pick some greens. The tatsoi and collards are holding up to the recent brutal cold under a light row cover.

I steamed the leaves and topped them with pan grilled shrimp.  There was a little left over Basmati rice from a couple of days ago to which I added pan toasted pine nuts and golden raisens. A healthy, yummy dinner.

2. Some clumping onions (or are they garlic chives?) haven’t fared as well but will come back in the spring. I need to divide them. They came as a freebie from a neighbor’s bed. The rest of that bed has been covered in black plastic to keep the weeds from proliferating.

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3. Across the alley from the community garden is our public library with a garden that was installed and is maintained by volunteers. I am one of them. The chokeberries against the blue sky are beautiful.

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4. At home many of my azaleas are wearing a comforter of fallen leaves. It was so wet this fall I couldn’t get to the leaves, but in this area I don’t mind one bit. I hope the extra insulation will keep the plants safe from our recent extreme temperatures. One day last week it went from 50 degrees Farenheit to 19 in just eight hours.  And then a few days later it almost hit 50 again. The plants must be very confused.

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5. I am astounded that sage in a window box of herbs wasn’t totally blasted in the recent cold snap. This sage goes on from year to year but in the spring I need to pull everything out and replant it with fresh soil.

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6. When I was in Maine before Christmas I saw a small concrete leaf casting in a gift shop. It was about the size of the one I made below and retailed for $45. It made me wonder what the price of some of the large ones I’ve made would be. That’s my hand just to give you some perspective about size. The casting was made with a hosta leaf.

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That’s my Six on Saturday, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. It’s the end of January and getting harder to find new things to share. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

Six on Saturday – Another One Bites the Dust – October 27, 2018

The trees in the neighborhood are beginning to show subdued color, but nothing like the riotous hues of some years.  I’ll enjoy the show before the leaves are on the ground and need to be raked.

On Friday I had a garden helper with a chain saw. We took down the remaining River Birches. This is before.

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This is after. There are three crepe myrtles in this area which will now have room to expand and I get the borrowed landscape of the back of my neighbhor’s yard. See those two metal rings in the front of the picture? I have four of these hoops that came from half whisky barrels that disintegrated. I previously used them filled with gravel as stepping stones but took them up when I got chips in the spring. Now I’m thinking I may be able to make some sort of sculpture out of the hoops to put on top of the birch trunks. Of course I’ll have to keep after the suckers and use an herbicide or I’ll have another huge tree in that spot. I originally thought I could put the top of a blue birdbath on the stumps but the scale of the birdbath to the stump wasn’t right. I’ll look at it for awhile before I decide. I can always have the stumps cut to the ground in the spring.

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2. In late October there are only a few welcome pops of color in the garden. The Sheffield mums are now fully open .

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3. The Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’ (Red Chokeberry) leaves are just starting to color and there are small red berries that entice the birds.

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4. The hostas are on the way out but provide some needed color in another area of the garden.

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5. The Limelight hydrangea is lovely with soft pinks and greens.

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6. Not a garden photo but a bit of bragging about winning first place for a traditional pumpkin pie in the St. Michaels Community Center’s pumpkin pie contest last weekend. I hadn’t intended to enter and was just baking two pumpkin pies to be sold by the slice. They turned out so pretty (I forgot to take a photo) that I entered one.  And won!!!

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That’s my six for this week, a meme started by The Propogator, a UK gardener. I learn something every week from the participating gardeners. This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.