Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Mourning Doves- update

They've hatched!  The pair are so sweet and Momma is far less nervous now.  It was exciting to see their little heads stretched up over the edge of the pot this afternoon.

Wildflowers and weeds

Categories are artificial.  They are useful to organize your world, but at the end of the day, they aren't real.  Case in point?  Wildflowers and weeds.  My mom used to sow wildflowers in the ugly island of red lava rocks of our rented house to make it prettier.  The owners, who had zero good taste, put in lava rocks for landscaping, but couldn't be bothered to do it right by putting down plastic or weed cloth first.  This eyesore needed constant weeding (luckily my brother was in trouble a lot, so it was usually his problem).  fed up with trying to keep it looking clean, Mom bought a canister of drought tolerant wildflowers and sprinkled.

When the flowers came up, they were rather pretty, making an awkward area, see more attractive and purposeful.  It never occurred to me until the day Granny got out of a car and commented that she had spent years trying to keep the very plants my mom nurtured out of her gardens in other locations.  Weeds or wildflowers, depended on who and where.  I was rather amused, but didn't hink much about it again until recently.

Weeds imply a unattractive, useless plant that vies for space and nutrients with prettier, more useful specimens.  Most of us don't think about how much ecological imbalance we create with our gardening, we just get annoyed with pulling weeds.  The native palnts in any locale serve a purpose.  They might prevent soil erosion, provide food and shelter for pest killing species, or fix nitrogen in the soil.

Before you pull that "weed", take a little time to look it up and see if it might be beneficial to you to let it coexist with your garden treasures.  Maybe it attracts bees, or deters pests; it might be useful for healing or it might be the favored food source of wild birds.  You don't know, until you check.  And remember, in some places, your irritating weed, is just a pretty wildflower.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Woo Hoo! I made it.

Okay, I got back early this morning.  In the next couple of days, I will return to my usual posting schedule, including getting this month's features out.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Berries and cream for love

One of the best parts of summer for me is that my favorite berry farm makes regular appearances at the Farmer's Market.  Raspberries, strawberries and blackberries (okay, I'm making myself hungry thinking about it) are glossy, bright and sweet on their own, but a slightly sweet whipped cream makes them even yummier.  These fruits also represent love, fertility, and seduction- so they are the perfect dessert to share with your sweetheart or on a promising date.

In a chilled bowl, pour very cold whipping cream, a small amount of sugar (you can add more to taste- I use very little sugar, but some people prefer a less subtle taste) and splash of liquor (Gran Marnier, Whiskey, Sherry, Blackberry Liqueur all work well- personally, I'm a whiskey drinker, so I tend to use that).  Whip until you reach the desired consistency and serve over washed and dried berries (or peaches, which I am sadly allergic to).

May you be blessed with love and a rich sweetness!