Monthly Archives: May 2014

And the spinach never ends!

I purchased a bag of spinach at the Raleigh Farmer’s Market last week and I don’t think I will ever eat it all!

I made spinach pancakes!

Spinach scrambled eggs.


And more spinach scrambled eggs.


In the garden the Amaryllis are blooming. This variety is called St John’s Lily. I saved them from a garbage heap when some yuppies/hipsters purchased an old house and decided to clear everything out of the yard!


They are all over the yard as are the day lilies! I am glad I stopped that day and saved them from the garbage!


The temperatures are really heating up. It is regularly reaching almost 80f everyday!  The humidity will follow soon.

It’s all part of the typical Southern Summer!



Filed under Food, General Gardening

Transition into Summer….

The garden has entered that transition period between Spring and Summer. A few of the Spring bloomers have one or two blooms remaining but the Summer bloomers are beginning their show!

Trumpet Honeysuckle


Oakleaf Hydrangea


Spiderworts – this is a wonderful blue seedling which appeared this year. They tend to seed all around the garden.


The oxeye daisies are finishing their show and coreopsis are beginning to bloom in the wildflower beds.


Around town, I stopped at a new bakery for the first time: Yellow Dog Bakery (

I enjoyed a foccacia and mocha latte. The tomatoes are so sweet when roasted.


On the way back to the house I stopped at the Water Garden at Fred Fletcher Park. The shrubs around the Redbird sculpture have been replaced with a grass. Much better choice than the shrubs!


Recent rains have filled the basin and the frogs were singing loudly. There were ducks sitting on the overflow drain but they are difficult to see in the photo. Soon the cardinal flowers and other wetland plants will fill the area with blooms. This acre-sized area is much better than the ditch it use to be. It’s amazing that this is a man-made water retention pond adjacent to a major road. The water runs into the ponds and the sediment and pollution settles to the bottom and clean water exits out the overflow to the river and steams.


But is anything better than a grilled pimento cheese sandwich?


I think not!



Filed under General Gardening

Now showing… What’s blooming in the garden now.

Now showing… What’s blooming in the garden now.

The gardening is becoming thick with foliage! Its so lush with all the rain and the increasing heat and humidity. The season has progressed from the Spring bloomers to the early Summer bloomers. The irises are really putting on a show.

This is a yellow water iris (Iris pseudacorus). It is growing in the lowest area of the yard in a pocket which is moist most of the time.


Pink Primrose (Oenothera speciosa) growing in the front bed among German irises. It can be a little weedy but its a good thing!


Blue Light clematis on the front side of the house. It opens up like below….


Within a few days becomes this ball.


And many German irises. The variety below is all over the yard. They were salvaged from a yard which some yuppies purchased and cleared everything out. They were all piled in the street.  I was glad I stopped and inquired!


And no day is complete without a Iced Mocha Latte from Cup-A-Joe.


And Oliver. Andy’s cat. He has a little attitude!











Filed under General Gardening, Plants