11 July 2015

Madhatter Tea Party

18 June 2015

Dear Garden: Summer Garden Party

Dear Garden,  These clogs have come a long way. Note to self: take better shoes on vacation, so you don't have to buy a pair of these to walk in. (Though you are perfect for gardening xo)

Brenda from Cozy Little Cottage invited us to share at her Summer Cottage Garden Party today. This is my first time participating in one of these, so this is new and fun. Thank you, Brenda, and her pupsters. 

2015 Summer Garden Party

It is so hot out here already that your lettuce has gone to seed into beautiful white puffs.  I want to collect your little lettuce seeds to plant in September.

Blackie is your helper, because he keeps pack rats away. I've never seen one here, only one squirrel that is nearly as big as him that taunts him as he runs by. He wears a silver warning bell for the birds. I wonder what he is watching?

Dear garden, your mini-meadow has gone to seed now too, but it provided beautiful colors for five months now. In December, I threw the wildflower seed down in one of your beds, because I was curious as to what would happen, and what a wonderful surprise it has been. Layer upon layer of blooms...

Oh that is what Blackie is watching! This lemon tree is on its second bloom, and the hummingbirds love its blooms. It already has good size fruit, but they are still green.

The basil is blooming too; many of the basils were grown from last years seed.

Since you are a desert garden you work most of the year: from January to June and from September to December.  Now it is your time to rest.

Here' the little guy, Francis, who loves to explore, make messes, and snatch cat food. He thought he heard someone whisper breakfast.

Oh yes, it's two Gordas (that's what these ladies are called) on the bench.

But the table is empty! See the size of the lemons!

I've arranged some scrapbook photos of your gifts this year. Right now we have tomatoes, basil, chives and mint. But we had broccoli, peaches, lemons, and oranges. The peaches were the woolliest little peaches I have ever seen.

Earlier this year we raised eleven butterflies to help with pollinating. We keep the aphids away with lady bugs, but they were not working so hard this year, so we made a solution of boiled tobacco, soap, and Listerine to keep them off the roses.

Here's the morning's harvest.

What's that you say?

What a relief, there is breakfast after all for Francis.

Wait a minute, he says, "yuk, I don't eat fruit."

I tossed a toile sheet over the table, and used the dish towels as napkins, because they really are too pretty to be dish towels.

The bumblebee glasses were my birthday present. It's hard to see, but there are clear, raised bumblebees on them.

What's on the menu? Tomatoes and basil from the garden and lemonade.

Italian Mozzatini

Equal parts of cantaloupe balls, mozzarella balls, and cherry tomatoes.
Basil leaves and a sprig of basil.
Optional: Trader Joe's balsamic vinegar (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) & a touch of olive oil
and topped with a few of their shelled roasted and salted pistachios
(My daughter said it is better with blueberries and strawberries instead of cantaloupe.)

Honey Lemonade
(I used Williams Sonoma's recipe)
I used mint from the garden and a lemon to garnish it, and the honey is imported from Germany,
though I do love mesquite honey that comes from the Sonoran desert too.
1/3 cup of honey
juice from 4 to 6 lemons ( about 1 cup lemon juice)
bottled water (11/2 cups of steaming water)
a sprig of mint and lemon for garnish.

(I did not receive compensation from TJs, WS, or Gallbani. I just enjoy their products and recipes.)

Thank you, for visiting our Sonoran desert garden, and here is the front garden.
(P.S. I just realized this is my blog's third year anniversary.)

P.S. I'm featured Kim's Living Vintage.

xoxo Su

There are nine blogs to visit from the east coast to the west coast from the mountain areas to the sea.
I think up next is Cathy.

15 June 2015

Summer on the Sleeping Porch

The sweet bird was purchased from Dore Callaway at Burlap Luxe

The days have sort of flown by here, and my home is actually quite in disarray at the moment.  

There was one more room to put the flooring down in, so the library is currently stacked almost to the ceiling, and the overflow is on the sleeping porch. This is not hyperbole. There is not a lot of places to put things in a cottage. My spouse still has to do the baseboards. We left the floors on the sleeping porch that pretty epoxied gray, because it works perfectly out here; I'm not sure why it stays so clean compared to the rest of the house, but it does, despite two sets of double doors to the outside. The new floor in my bedroom is that same pretty gray, distressed, and scraped bamboo that doesn't look like bamboo at all that we put in the kitchen and open areas. In the meantime, I have something beautiful to hang up that I purchased from Dore.. Also, check out  Daphne's Diary . It's one of my favorite magazines and Dore's designs are in one of the photo shoots on weddings on p 30-35. Dore  left me a message in the post below that explains it. It really was a surprise to her.

We have busier than usual. Presently, my daughter is finishing a couple of classes, while doing a summer ballet intensive and piano, so that involves driving. But we are also packing for our mother daughter trip next month. This year, I have a better camera and hope to get some great shots. I took many photos last year, but in the end, I didn't share many, because my daughter thought our trip was so magical that she wanted to keep it between us. We will be returning to Europe, but we have some familiar and some different places on our list this year. We save all year, so she can study piano with some world class teachers. So the precious little garden bird reminds me to relax.

There are always flowers...
Some fresh blossoms from the garden, and some dried ones...

I made the wreath, the painting, the chalkboard drawing, and the two white garlands.
I purchased the red, white, and blue banner, but I made a bunting last year; I was waiting to put it out in July. 

And I am excited about participating in  Brenda's Cozy Little House 's Garden Party on
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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