17 March 2019

March!




A month has passed. Where did it go? 

I've been working in my garden and touching up the outdoor furniture. The sun really wears the color fast here. So our black iron chairs are getting a new coat, because rust was becoming visible. I did two of the chairs so far, and the paint was too sparkling in our bright sun, though it looked gorgeous at sunset, just the right shade. But I have to pick another, because it is mostly sunny despite the fact that it has been raining for the past two days!

The garden has been planted with three types of tomatoes, purple basil, sweet basil, mint, chocolate mint, lemon thyme, romaine, cilantro, bib lettuce, and two types of small eggplant. These are hot weather plants that will mature before June.  On the contrary, it is the most beautiful cool weather in years. I'm loving it! Spring seems nearly a month behind, because the yellow is just now blooming, and it is usually February.  I also planted an urn of succulents, which are appropriate to our climate, and are much easier to keep alive in a planter than flowers here. Here is a photo. It wasn't hard. I used a drop in which is readily available here.





I am picking the last of all our citrus. Five of our 6 trees produced this year, though I see my tangelo will have fruit next year. Here is a photo of some of our lemons from our tree.


I plan to paint my spouse's old desk, and it had been set to go for a week now! The sander is out and the plug set. All I must do is sand the top just a bit, because it was deeply gouged, and then I can paint.

Here's another one of my salad recipes. I love to take a chopped tomato, and add a few crushed pecans, a few dried cranberries, and orange pieces, with some fresh basil and a touch of a raspberry vinaigrette. You can make a vinaigrette by processing some raspberry and adding light rice vinegar and oil or you can purchase one. It's so easy and refreshing.

I did some reading. I always prefer the classics or something educational. I'm not a dystopian fan, but I read an early dystopian called Lord of the World. I was cleaning the lower closed cabinets in our library, when I found it. I don't recall purchasing it, perhaps someone gave it to me. I read it in two evenings. I could not put it down. Did you know that every utopia turns into a dystopia?

On the weekends we have been antiquing and going to see the snow.  There has been so much snow this year within a two hour drive. I remember that I took my daughter and nieces on October 6 up to Flagstaff. Then just the other weekend to Payson to actually play in it, and then this weekend to Prescott for antiquing and the mountain tops still had some. Wow! What a season. Nearly six months this year. Of course it is only an escape and we live at lower elevations where it is warmer. Here is a photo from inside one of the vintage stores. Isn't that an amazing cabinet! Huge!

I organized my pantry cabinet in my kitchen. It is actually very tiny, only four shelves, because my kitchen is so small. I went back to using jars, but I found the 12 oz bell jars work best for us, except for flour. Here is an article on decanting and organizing.

A lot of spring nest cleaning and gardening happening here, but I realize a lot of you are only just nearing the end of a cold winter or beginning autumn depending on the hemisphere.What have you been up to or have planned?

Thank you for reading,
I apologize for missing photos. I could not get them to load. I forgot about it. Came back a day or two later and realized that I wrote this, and posted forgetting about photos!

Su






18 comments:

  1. Sounds as if you have gotten your garden into fine shape, including the furniture. I imagine it is looking so nice. That bowl of lemons is beautiful! You’ll be baking or making lots of delicious things . So cool that you are close enough to the mountains to enjoy snow and winter if you are so inclined. Interesting that even your season is about a month behind. I don’t know when we’ll see green again.

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    1. The best kind of snow, is snow you can visit! Thank you so much, Vee. xoxo Su

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  2. Sounds like the garden is coming together. I love that you grow your own lemons. That is awesome.
    Have a great start to the new week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thank you so much, Kris. I really enjoy the garden. I have six different types of citrus trees, a fig (so little) and a pomegranate (small), and three dwarf (very small) nectarines, more ornamental at this point. I also have a prickly pear, a mesquite tree, and a carob those produce fruit and edible seed, though I don't bother with them. I have to keep the dogs from eating the carob. They love it. That is such a stinky tree, but it is the BEST shade tree, and we do need shade here. xoxo Su

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  3. What luxury to step outside for your own citrus! I think lemons are my number one cooking necessity, with butter maybe second. But I had such a longing for warmer nights when I read your list of herbs planted. I'm afraid we have to wait for the end of April to be safe with that but I miss them so much. Do your herbs last throughout the summer in your climate or are they pretty much done by July? Just wondered. I know that I can't get cilantro to thrive here past June. I love your succulent bowl! It looks like a painting! I tried to overwinter a large container of succulents this year but there just was not enough light to keep them growing except in my kitchen window, where I didn't have room for it. But I do keep a few teacups set in a sunny window with them. I think they like being ignored. I hope you'll sometime post more pictures of you beautiful kitchen using your bell jars as containers. Actually, any pictures of your kitchen, which I dearly love. I couldn't find a link to the cabinet you wrote about. Was it just me or missing?

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    1. Hi, Dewena. Actually, basil and mint will grow all year round, and lavender too as long as it is in a bed. Tomato plants last half a year, but one time I had one producing fruit for a year. Lettuce can be grown anytime of the year except summer. Our cilantro lasts until June, because here it is a cold weather plant, best planted in early October.

      Succulents are best ignored, and hardly ever watered. You have to consider that in the desert we only get a few inches of rain a year. Teacups of succulents sound adorable!

      I linked to an article on decanting, and it was a subheading with a photo. I don't know if I have ever posted that kitchen cabinet. If I haven't, it is because it is difficult to photograph in such a small space. But I will look around.

      I did miss a photo. I said that I was going to show you the inside of an antique shop, and forgot to include it, because I was having trouble uploading photos.

      Thank you, Dewena! xoxo Su

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  4. Great update from your bungalow. So, do you live in Arizona? I am so ready for full on spring, summer or anything that brings consistent sunshine. I have been having flashbacks to my dreary weather days in WA state. Sounds like your garden is going strong for this time of year. I don't see some of the pics you mentioned in your post. And I missed the salad recipe. Wondering if your computer or mine is having some hiccups, as I received a new post notice in my email from your blog earlier last month but it was a very old repeated post. Just an FYI... It's okay with me as your pics & posts are always wonderful. I don't even want to mention my anemic blog... I just took down the winter greenery in my farmhouse. Do you believe it? I am in a time warp here and so ready to move into Spring. Blessings.

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    1. That's strange about the email post. I thought that I stopped that a long time ago. Though I recall someone asking me to start it again, but I can't remember if I stopped it long after that. I was having trouble loading photos to the post. I walked away from it, and then came back to it, and forgot about the problem and posted it. Ha!! I do live here. Yes. My blog has suffered as well as instagram. I've been working on projects, mostly outdoors, and struggling with all the rain we had. Though I love the rain! My projects are so delayed and going SO SLOW!

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  5. So never mind my salad comment. I am suffering from SAD..Seasonal affective disorder. And guess my reading comprehension is also impaired. LOL.

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    1. Yes. I was going to put it on a separate photo, but I couldn't load it. I think you missed it probably when you scrolled down. That happens! I am sorry your suffering through lack of sunshine! Do you have one of those special lamps? I've always wondered if they are helpful? xoxo Su

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  6. Hello Friend,
    It was great to catch up with you. How fun to go visit the snow. I love that. :-)
    We did a lot of snowshoeing this winter. I enjoyed it and will miss it. I love the woods in winter.. but as I say that, I do have Spring Fever for planting and spending time in the garden. I just can not wait to pick my first bouquet.
    xx oo
    Carla

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    1. Thank you, Carla. I like how you have made the best of both worlds! xoxo Su

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  7. Love your pictures and especially love your lemons!
    Hugs

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  8. Su, those lemons just make me want to smile!! I can imagine going out to pick them must make you grin as well. Thanks for sharing a bit of spring with us. I can't wait for the snow to melt so we can start gardening, too. Take care!! xo

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  9. The first sentence of your post describes what I have been up to.

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  10. I love those lemons! Oh Spring Im starting to feel it here! Thank goodness.

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  11. Su, I saw the pretty snow on the McDowells in November! You are so blessed to live in Arizona. Your lemons are so pretty. I miss growing my own citrus! I hope that April is a lovely month for you, too.

    xo,
    RJ

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