“Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Tree!”

(Gotta throw in a little Rock-and-Roll once in awhile)

Lo and behold!  There are a few things in flower at the Country Mouse House!  One appears to be a cherry tree.  A couple of years ago, we spotted cherries on it, but it’s so close to a bunch of other trees, we never could remember which one it was.  Last year, our tree fruit was sparse at best, and I don’t think this tree went into flower at all.  Well, just look at it now!

From a distance:

Up close and personal:

Those are cherry blossoms, yes?  I sure hope so!  Although, with the bird and other wildlife sightings these days, we might not get to taste any.  We’ll have to see.

Here is our little “grove” of cherry plums:

Farmer Joel discovered these quite by accident a couple of years back.  They were the tiniest plums I’ve ever seen, but very tasty.  The only not-so-great thing is that the pit is almost the size of the fruit itself, so it’s a lot of work for a little fruit.  If we get a good harvest this year, I’ll try to can something with them.  Maybe jelly.

And now for some other spring blossoms:

I love my daffodils and narcissus!

  

Anything blooming in your garden yet?

Wendy

Thurz Day

I keep missing “Wenz Day”…..Yes, things are still going at breakneck speed here. But alas, I thought I would give a bit of an update.

I am in the never-ending process of decluttering the Town Mouse House. We have been here for 17+ years, and oh, how the stuff grows! A friend once told me, “….like a fungus.” And now, with the addition of items from my Mom’s place, well, it has reached exponential proportions. (at least in my mind – of course, those who know me and have seen my house have been kindly disagreeing with that last statement)

The problem with clutter is that it can really slow life down, or even bring it to a grinding halt. There are sooooo many books available that discuss “How To” get rid of clutter. The basic steps are the same – get out your boxes, bags and bins and sort stuff to:

1-Keep
2-Donate to a worthy cause
3-Throw into the garbage
4-Return to the person/people/library you borrowed from
5-Have children/family members look at items before donating or disposing

Those steps are not Rocket Science. It is the motivation to start that can be the worst. I think that, for me, if I know there will be a “reward” in sight, that helps. Also, feeling pressed for time – plan to have people over on such-and-such date, for example – can get the motivation going as well.

Since it is nearly Fall, many people get the itch to clean out their dwellings, and it makes perfect sense. At one time, “Spring Cleaning” was thought to be the way to go, due in large part to the soot on the walls from winter that needed to be scrubbed back in the old days. Now, with modern heating systems, that task is rarely necessary, so Autumn is the new Spring! Hahaha….

Well, I must overcome my procrastination – make this a Productivity Day! I have my dear friend, Dianne, coming over to help me. We have worked together over the years in numerous ways. She is a gifted and talented Designer/Decorator/Organizer/Home Stager/Manager/Musician/Singer.(the list goes on and on) She also happens to be one of the kindest people on the planet, so I’m feeling pretty lucky right about now.

At any rate, have a look at some of my plants and flowers – these were taken somewhat recently, and have almost finished blooming –

Black-eyed Susan, Hydrangea, and Mint

photo 2 (31)photo 3 (24)photo 1 (31)

Don’t just sit there!  Go get rid of a few things from your closet!  Minimum of 5 items!

Have a clutter-free day!

Wendy

Lisa’s Garden

I have a friend, Lisa, who is also my Garden Mentor.  She once gave me the best gardening advice ever, “Just stick it in the ground!”

Here are some photos of Lisa’s garden…..squash and pumpkins:

CIMG2331

CIMG2333

Eggplant……

CIMG2334

Kale in background, artichoke and broccoli in the front:

CIMG2335

Garlic!

CIMG2336

Tomatoes:

CIMG2337

Cabbage:

CIMG2338

Beans:

CIMG2339

Strawberries(these give her fruit all summer):

CIMG2340

Flowers and herbs:

CIMG2341

CIMG2342

CIMG2343 CIMG2344

 

 

Lisa happens to be a fantastic cook, as well as an interior designer.  All these vegetables and herbs are put to good use in the beautiful kitchen and dining room in her lovely home.

Maybe I’ll have her back as a guest another time!

Have a beautiful day!

Wendy

 

Peonies!

As promised, here are some of the pictures of the peony blossoms of 2013:

CIMG2129

CIMG2130

CIMG2126

CIMG2128

CIMG2127

IMG_20130622_091827_021

CIMG2153

IMG_20130622_091817_161

The meaning and symbolism of the peony is lovely.  It has a sweet fragrance, and is as delightful in the garden as in a vase.  Just a couple of  buds are still trying to bloom.  The season is too short!

Happy Weekend!

Wendy