Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
|Chattanooga National Cemetary|
My Father who served in the Navy during
WW2 is buried here.
Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism? ~Henry Ward Beecher
Friday, May 25, 2012
When I was reading about tansy, I found that it was most often included in the cloistered gardens of the monks in medieval times, and is in fact found in the garden at the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.
If you want to increase your Tansy plants, dig them up in early spring or late fall when they are dormant. Use a sharp knife or spade to divide in half, then if the plant is large enough, you can then divide again into quarters. If you don't want to dig the whole plant up, use the spade to cut down the middle, leaving the other part intact. Replant the divisions immediately, or keep the roots moist, and out of direct sun until you can plant them.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden
Plant in a sunny spot that gets at least 5-6 hours of sun each day. The butterfly plants flourish in the sun, and planted in the sun, provide a place for the butterfly to stop and warm up. The butterflies wings must be a certain temperature to allow it to take flight.
Two types of flowers will need to be planted: Nectar producing flowers to provide a source of food for the butterfly and "host" plants which will provide a place for the butterfly to lay it's eggs and also a source of food for the caterpillar. Butterflies prefer bright colored flowers such as reds, oranges, yellows, purples and dark pinks.
Your plants MUST be pesticide free. Pesticides kill not only the offending pest but the good critters too.
Butterflies cannot land in birdbaths, etc., to get a drink of water. They like to "puddle". You can provide a wet area in your garden, or fill a shallow bowl with a mixture of sand and soil. Add enough water to create a puddle. Place a few small flat rocks for the butterflies to land on. When you first set the bowl out you may want to add a bright flower petal in the bowl to attract them.
After you plant your garden, keep a journal with pictures, writings etc., that identify your visitors.
Monday, May 21, 2012
You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs to Meet the Right Prince
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
What A Difference A Week Makes
All of this needs to be cut back, and the flowers removed. I will use the St John's Wort little yellow flowers as an infusion, but the oregano, should not be allowed to bloom. I think I will cut the
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Beach Trip and Lower Alabama Caviar
I had never tried fish tacos before and her Mahi Soft Tacos with Chipotle Sauce were delicious.
I purchased her premiere magazine Lulu's which was choked full of great recipes and I need to order her cookbook to find the chipotle cream sauce recipe and purchase her chipotle taco seasoning to complete the recipe!!!!! Oh well, she knows how to sell her merchandise!
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Place all dressing ingredients in a jar, cover tightly and shake to
dissolve sugar. Set aside.
4 (15 oz) cans black eyed peas
1 cup chopped each green, red, and yellow bell pepper
1 cup chopped red onion, 1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered.
Place peas in a large glass or stainless steel bowl
Add peppers, onions, parsley, and tomatoes.
Pour dressing over the top and toss well
Transfer to a plastic bowl, cover and chill for at least 2 hours
Serve with tortilla chips or saltine crackers.