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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Weekend gardening

We are finally getting some nice weather and I've been able to get out in the backyard and get some work done! Last night was H's big lacrosse game against their archrival - they beat them 15-4 I think - a very sweet victory. We took her to our favorite Thai restaurant to celebrate.

Tonight we had the leftover moussaka so nothing exciting to report. But I'm excited about what's growing in the backyard and I took some shots so I can keep track of how things are coming along in the garden. Here are orange and lemon blossoms:



















The grape vines are taking off:




















A newly planted mulberry tree:



















Kiwi vine:




















On Sunday we have a housewarming to attend and then we are off to an Evening with David Sedaris. We are both huge David Sedaris fans and I can't wait to hear him read.

We did try something yesterday that was good. I found a tofurky product we hadn't had before - the "Philly Style" steak deli slices. I made a grilled sandwich with these slices, some tofutti mozzarella and bbq sauce - it made a good sandwich!
















Finally - I feel like spring has arrived!

7 comments:

Sue H said...

I'm completely jealous that you get to hear David Sedaris. I got to once, years ago. He's great!

EatPeacePlease said...

I love everything that's growing in your yard! Kiwi flowers? Thanks for these photos and garden-update, I enjoy looking at gardens, dreaming as if I can have one of my own soon (I live in a townhouse in the desert with a brick patio that gets to be 115 degrees very soon!).

Shawn Powers said...

I'm so jealous of all those lovely plants, and growing them outside! (We still get frost at nights this time of year)

Your photos make me excited for summer!

Oh, and you mentioned a recipe for a vegan ranch dressing mix on a blog I was reading (sorry, don't remember which one... Maybe "Get Sconed?") -- is that a recipe you'll share? :o)

Nancy said...

Hi Sue - we had a blast seeing David Sedaris last night. I love his sense of humor and observations. It was wonderful.

Hi Leslie - we get some days that are over 105 but it usually doesn't last terribly long. I would imagine it would wear on you after awhile and that gardening would be difficult!

Hey Shawn - it has been nice to get out in the garden and our warm weather seems to be in full force. For awhile anyway. There's always a week or two in June where it gets cold and windy and then back to summer!

Here's a blog post that has the ranch dressing recipe - we really like it. Mixed with soy sour cream it makes a good dip too.

http://guinnah.blogspot.com/2006/03/meanwhile-back-at-ranch.html

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I am gushing over you garden, with jealously and awe. I have no yard, but we're looking to grow some plants on the window sill outside our window - any recommendations? They would preferably be outside most of the time if not always, or Zelda, my cat, would eat it.

Nancy said...

Hey Jess - I would go for some herbs on your windowsill. Mint, oregano, thyme, etc. I feel fortunate to have the space that we do - even though it's not much. We usually have a fairly small but still very successful garden with tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini etc. I think this year they are all going into pots because of the dogs!

heron said...

Those pics of the citrus and fig trees are making me homesick! Friends from Santa Barbara are visiting next month and they have promised to bring a sack of avocados from their yard :) Our fruit trees (peach, plum, pear) are blooming, but they just don't smell like lemons and oranges!

I bought tomato, zucchini, and pepper plants this weekend-now I have to get those into the ground before they wilt in the pots! Have to go back next week for eggplant (it was "too early").