Canada Garden: 04/12

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Darcy's Beet Salad

Mark took me to Darcy's last weekend and I had this fabulous beet salad.   Extra spectacular fantabulous yum--beets, pineapple, spinach, roasted red pepper, onions, candied pecans, blue cheese with a sweetened vinegarette.  It was a special for the evening, not an everyday menu item, so we'll have to look for it and hope it makes a repeat appearance.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

April BK Pictures

I LoVe this picture of Bets and Gumbo!  It seems like forever since we've seen her.
I was feeling sentimental this morning and went out really early to put a card in the mail to Judson.  His 29th birthday is Tuesday, May Day.  We are missing them  something awful and  hope to see them soon.  I need a huge BK hug.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DBG Continued

Just a few more pictures from the Desert Botanical Gardens. Aren't we thankful for our kitchens with running water and electricity?
Not sure what was planted in this vegetable garden, but those are some serious cages to prevent the critters from getting to the seedlings.   These sticks have thorns--also serious--to help keep the critters out too.  My mom makes garden fences with sticks from her butterfly bushes.
And like my mama's butterfly bush fences, this one has started growing. . . Instead of hills, their seedlings are planted in a  depression, then the whole garden is watered by flooding it.  I would have no idea how to grow a garden in Arizona.
Here in Illinois, the irises are blooming.  Hard to believe our gardens are on the same planet.


 Butterflies at the Desert Botanical Gardens.  I want to put out some slices of oranges for the butterflies this summer.  Maybe our midwest butterflies would like them too.  The red bowls in the middle had clear marbles with a little water for the butterflies to drink.
This big man had a big beard and a bigger camera.  The butterfly perched on the back of his hat made me laugh.  Mark and I are already ready to go back to Arizona.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


 Love ranunculus.  And this bunch was  fabulous.  Every single bloom was different and perfect.  Did you hear that Dick Clark died?  I loved him.  I hope we get to see his flowers.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Denver Botanical Garden

We loved the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.  So different from our midwest and southern gardens.
I've been thinking about how to put more massing in our Canada Garden. . .  And not just three of one thing. . . Maybe one plant times 25.   Why not? Well, actually, I can tell you why not.  I have a really hard time choosing just one.
No idea what this yellow blooming tree is, but I love it, especially with all the yellow cactus blooms surrounding it.
And while we might not be able to grow these kinds of plants, I could go for one of these fountains in the back yard. 
Huge aloe plant.  Huge.
The volunteers told us it's rare for this cactus to bloom. 
And rarer to see this little dude.  You'll have to look for him.  We almost missed him.

Next I'll show you pictures of the butterfly house.  Maybe I can talk Mark into putting one of those in the back yard :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Different View

What is this??  Found lying in the middle of the yard, it looked like a big fluffy gorgeous green peony sitting on a lily pad of grass.  But no. . .   It's actually a cluster of seed heads from the silver maples.  I don't know if they always start out in a beautiful flower like this or if this just happened because of our unusually mild winter and warm-too-early spring.
You know those seeds that I'm talking about.  Billions and billions of annoying little helicopter seed heads that fly everywhere and cover the flower beds and sprout into little maples that have to be weeded otherwise your garden is going to revert back into a scrub forest. . . I wish they would all come down in these big clusters.  If I could enjoy them like this for a few days, maybe I wouldn't resent their noxious sprouting everywhere!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Recipe Book

Yes, I know Pinterest has thousands of great recipes, but for Easter I wanted something from my church days.  This 1980s recipe book from Christ Methodist Church in Lexington  is falling apart and it makes me smile every time I use it. I remember my good friends Cindy and Linda and Nancy and Alan and Peggy and wonder where they are and what they are doing these days. 
 I believe there's a little piece of cake left that would make a good breakfast today.  Cake for breakfast should make for a happy Tuesday, don't you think?

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Menu

Cucumbers & Onions with Hendrickson's Marinade
Grilled Butterfly Pork Chops with Famous Dave's Rib Rub
Diced Sweet Potatoes with Sea Salt
Green Beans
Hawaiian Style Dinner Rolls

No deviled eggs today.  No ham.  But still, a pretty good feast.  And for desert, Texas Sheet Cake with Strawberries and Reddi Whip.  Which I have already sampled because I needed to make this picture for the blog :)
I'll share the cake recipe with you next.  Hope your Easter is hoppy and happy. 

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Happy Easter!

Easter!   We have much to be thankful here on this Easter weekend.  It was a glorious Saturday--morning at the flower shop, afternoon shopping with Mark, a nap, and then tonight I baked a cake for tomorrow's dinner.

Love this little bunny vase that PJ gave to me.  The daffodils are fading in the garden with all this warm warm weather.  But the May flowers are already well in bud so there's lots to enjoy out there along with an extremely healthy looking crop of weeds.  The Easter bunny brought baskets for our Kyle and Betsy who will be coming to Springfield for a visit soon.   May your Easter be happy too :)