a lot of green

Chive blossoms. Pretty, and deliciously garlicky.
 I love, love, love this time of year. School is winding down, the days and evenings are warm and long, and things are happening in the garden. Since we plan on moving as soon as our house sells, I didn't want to plant a bunch of herbs in the ground and need to leave them. So I plunked them all in clay pots on our back step, and I kind of love how they look together. Above are curry flower plants, and below, some new growth on our lavender.
Rachel has a great tutorial for laundry soap up on her blog. For some reason, I seem to have enough detergent to get me through the next decade or so (including some that I made using a similar recipe), but in case you don't, you should definitely try it out. And I'm super excited that I won a giveaway on Rachel's blog! I've sung the praises of her Baby Wipe Juice before (still love it on T's little bum) and I can't wait to try some of her other goodies. I will definitely post about them when they arrive; hopefully the Canada Post strike won't slow them down too much.
Bee balm, lemon balm, oregano, and a little peek of some summer savory. Yum!

This post made my day today. That sense of home - it's such an important, intangible, sometimes elusive thing.
These are my stevia plants. I've discovered that a couple of torn leaves in cold peppermint tea is lovely.

I tried making mustard awhile back and nearly keeled over, it was so hot. I've since learned that the trick seems to be at least partly in aging it for at least a week to mellow things out. And after seeing this pretty post, I think I just might have to try it again, especially since it's barbeque season once again!
And perhaps we'll get more than two strawberries this year? I'm hoping.

11 artful activities to try this summer. I think Phillip will enjoy these!

Cranberry Orange Rhubarb popsicles? In pretty jars, no less? Yes, yes, yes, please! Three of my favourite things!

I could peruse this blog all day. Every day. I love all of the white with bright pops of colour. I'm thinking of something along those lines for our new place, when we move. Speaking of which, want to buy a house?

And who is that happy Australian farmer, you ask? I don't know, but I do know that one of my pictures (of my sister's spiced crabapples) was published in this issue of Gardening Australia! Tee-hee!

How's that for a scattered assortment? Happy Thursday! How is your garden growing?


  1. How in the world did that happen? (The publishing?)

  2. One of their editors found it on flickr - that's how my other photos have been found, too. Did you give OML a kiss from me? ;) Hope your little ones sleep well tonight!

  3. How fabulous for your sister! That happy Australian gardener happens to be the presenter of my favourite gardening show "Gardening Australia". He is the one and only Tino Carnevale. You can read about him here - http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s2476111.htm
    Thanks for your fabulous blog Sherrie! I love each and every post! x

  4. I'm behind with my favorite blog readings and commenting. I made laundry detergent last night with my very first batch of simple soap. Curry plant - hmmmmm, I've never come across one before in all my greenhouse visits. That's fabulous that one of your "many beautiful" pictures was chosen for publishing.

  5. Thanks, guys!

    Hi, Michele! How are you? Thanks for the info about my new friend Tino! I'll be sure to look him up. I love the internet and that because of it, I have connections to people around the world. It's pretty amazing. :)

    Vickie, let us know how your detergent works out! I'm excited to see how it works for you. :)

  6. Congrats on being published Sherrie!!
    All those greens look so wonderful and fresh and yummy. The stevia plant looks very interesting. We don't have stevia as a sweetener in Germany (I think it was banned but I don't know why), but I'll keep a look out for plants or seeds, especially now that I have real italian peppermint on my balcony to make tea with :)

  7. Congrats on the publishing!!!

    And everything looks so lush and green and happy. :)


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