Wednesday, May 30, 2012

End of May Update

School's out today.  Tonight is the first Blues on the Green at Zilker Park, and the Capital Area Master Naturalists meet at the Nature and Science Center for our annual pizza party and board elections...Greg and I have been asked to run for Vice Presidents...we're excited and honored!

 So, my tomatoes have been a disappointment this year due to one of my soil experiments...oh well, lesson learned.  Still, I have lots of onions and enough tomatoes that I've been eating them a few times a week...just not daily, like last summer and the upshot is that I tossed out basil seeds randomly, so I have more basil than ever before; I'll have to get busy making pesto soon.
 Lunches have been fabulous...I've added avocado and cottage cheese to the standard, tomato, basil, mozzarella, onion, Balsamic vinaigrette dish...more creamy and delicious than ever! 
 Here's a snap shot from the picture window, facing North.   A volunteer rudbeckia, Peruvian lily, datura, peaches, Mexican tarragon, rosemary, lemon grass, red yucca...what's missing?  Hummingbirds. 
Our very first apple blossom on the new Fugi!
May 5th was Prom and I hardly had a blossom in the yard...dang!  Here's a shot of the pergola out front.  Blooming: cone flower, oxaslis, quince, Autumn sage, butterfly bush, Mexican sage!
Greg's been perfecting his brisket and it's kept the mosquitoes at bay!  Yay!
The pomegranate, persimmon, peach and fig trees are loaded!
The last favorite floppy flower...echinacea...cone and orange goofy love!  I've split and planted her all over, along with butterfly weed and they are going crazy!!!

It's been a great gardening month full of movement and surprises.  We have moved the compost, the chicken coop, the tables and umbrellas and are re-thinking our space.  Yesterday we locked in on a loan to start remodeling and adding on.  We are up in the air about leaving or staying but the time to re-finance is when the interest rates are lower than they've been in 70  We've got 2 months before closing and we'd like to find a green builder, and have it finished by next summer...things never happen as fast as you think or want them too, so the wait is on.  In the meanwhile...Life is good, and I hope you're out enjoying this wonderful spring!

Happy Gardening!


vbdb said...

So does this mean we get to "keep" you for a bit longer? I was so upset you were moving that I couldn't even ask you about your plans before now.

vbdb said...

So does this mean we get to "keep" you a bit longer?

ConsciousGardener said...

You're so sweet! I don't know, it'll depend on the man and if the new position is more moolah and someplace prettier than here...I'm going to do my best to make that a very, very hard decision! Either way, we're making necessary improvements and I'll get my studio back out of the I'm a happy camper! Come visit!!!!

Tree Service Queens said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your failed experimental soil! Your lunch dish looks amazing though! Congrats on having such a beautiful garden, though. Keep it up.

-Oscar Valencia

Eco Safe Pest Control said...

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