I know I said I would post a quilt finish on this post, but I've been waiting for better light for a good photo, so I'll make you wait just a tad longer! Instead, I'm bringing you a mid-week garden report. Mr. Squash and I have been very busy filling up the raised beds with soil in preparation for seed planting next week. Talk about labor-intensive! We fall into bed every night and sleep soundly! We also have found that our bodies are protesting this hard work much more than when we were a little younger! But it gives us a good feeling to know the outcome should be spectacular by mid-summer!
Here is our very first (and probably only) apple tree! It arrived yesterday from Stark Brothers Nursery. It's a semi-dwarf Honeycrisp Apple - my all-time favorite apple! It will grow to a maximum of 5 feet high and 4 feet wide. Stark Brothers assured me it would pollinate from the neighbor's mature apple tree which is just over the other side of the fence here. See that mulch I spread around the base per their instructions? It was sold to us at Home Depot as garden soil! It's nothing but shredded wood and we were quite disappointed! But at least we can use it as mulch!
These lilac bushes were a total mess when we moved in. I trimmed them severley last fall and didn't expect to see any blooms for a while - but here they are just beginning to bud out!
Look at this Columbine - click on the photo for the full effect. It isn't even totally bloomed yet!
I finally got the wine barrel planted with herbs. There was red wine in this barrel and it is still stained red and crystallized - I wonder if it will impart any flavor to the herbs (wink). I also moved the dragonfly in front of it - trying to find just the right spot for him!
Speaking of garden art - we got this wonderful fence flower and the craft show recently. It's just painted, corrugated metal! Oh - and that mossy roof behind the fence belongs to the neighbor!
I gave up on last year's Rosemary bush - should have brought it in over the winter. So I got a new one and once it's grown some more I plan to trim it into a tree shape!
On the cooking front I have really been wanting a griddle to make pancakes and English Muffins. I've made pancakes on the gas grill, but the heat is not consistent, so I figured a griddle was the way to go. We stopped in the local kitchen shop and found this very cool Cuisinart griddle/panini maker! It has interchangeable grills - flat and ridged.
Here is how it looks in the flat position. Depending on how many pancakes you want, you can use one or both sides! I want to make just about everything in the recipe book that was included!