This post is all about responding to questions and follow up on past posts.
First off, Vintage West asked me if those were bee hives in the back ground. They are and the
bees are doing great. The beekeeper was here and took some of the bees to other hives that didn't make it. He lost two hives out of ten. That is pretty good. My hives were in wonderful shape. I was right there and he showed me the baby bees and all sorts of cool stuff. I forgot to take the camera. Bummer, as it was interesting stuff.
The next follow up is my beautiful header photo. I've had questions about my Apricot Beauty Tulips in that photo. Not to be this year. As I have mentioned I am tulip challenged. My beautiful Apricot Beauties did not return for a second showing. The bed still looks good, but not spectacular like last year.
My greenhouse update is very positive. Can you say WOW. I know, I know you are going to advise me to thin things out. I did some serious thinning after this photo. Pretty happy with my first attempt at vegetable gardening, but I am not counting my vegetables before they are harvested. Something is bound to happen.
The garlic experiment seems to be going well. I planted 1/2 the cloves this spring, as they were already sprouting. The other half I put in the refrigerator for fall planting. I put them in my chive and asparagus wheel. I'm so excited, as I planted the asparagus from seed this spring and it came back. Yahoo. Anyway the garlic looks good. I will check it out this fall. See my happy raspberries in the back ground:)
My wild strawberries are blooming like crazy. There is nothing that beats wild strawberry jam and it looks like this will be the year! I have them planted in an old wash tub that didn't have a bottom. I keep the runners pinched, so they will concentrate on making berries not babies.
My friend, Jody, asked me what this little beauty is. It is a Fritillari Meleagris or commonly known as Guinea Hen flowers. Some are white and some are checkered. Only my checkered ones come back. They are pretty reliable and one of my favorite flowers.
To wind things up, I, leave you with the last of my tulips, I'm working on some rhubarb wine, and will give you the recipe for an interesting twist to lemonade. I was skeptical, but turns out I love it. I have no idea where I got the recipe. It seems like an odd combination, but turned out great. I recommend giving it a try.
1 1/2 c. Lemon Juice
16 oz. strawberries pureed
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. cream
6 c. water
lemon slices & ice
Stir lemon juice, sugar, and 1 c. water in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add 5 c. water, strawberries and cream. Sit on the porch and enjoy.