Sunday, June 28, 2009

Swimming Garlic & Garden Delights

This is the view from my bedroom, the pergola is moving along .. if it would just stop raining for a few days .. we may actually be able to complete it.!

These are the 'scapes' the 'flower' of the garlic. The are the curly shapes, which you have to cut first .. so that the garlic heads will grow. Wait a few weeks after cutting the scapes, which you can saute like chives or use in a vase as a flower arrangement like I do. And then .. pull the garlic.

This one photo was named by my Brother Lou Luigi who every year plants the garlic for us. (plant on Christopher Columbus weekend in October) .. he arranged the above and named the photo. 'Swimming Garlic'

Here you have my brother with fists full of 'garlic' !

This is the first year I have grown these 'hot red peppers' ..

Hope you enjoy my seeing how my garden is growing.!

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- until next time,

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer is here & Father's Day Winner

Summer time .. Beach, Sun, Surf, playful fun.!!

The garden is lush .. vibrant with all the different shades of green. All we need now is some sun .. need to feel that sun energy on my face .. for sure.

Summer is here .. the 'rain' in this part of the world has been a bit overwhelming to say the least. Though my flowers are blooming, the scents are permeating the air .. I actually picked my first hot red pepper, tomatoes have tons of flowers as do the zucchini ..

The pergola is coming along .. though not yet completed .. patience ..

The winner of our Father's Day Give A Way is ::
Nadine Roelfs of Mankato MN.

For the Summer please remember to hydrate your skin by drinking plenty of water and spraying some hydrosols to refresh you.

- Visit our Hydrosol page

For sunburn or just to keep your skin hydrated our aloe vera seaweed is wonderful

- Visit Aloe Vera & Seaweed Gel

Summer Quotes:

'You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. '
~~Author Unknown

'Coffee.  Garden.  Coffee. 
Does a good morning need anything else? '
~~Betsy CaƱas Garmon,

'Gardening is civil and social,
but it wants the vigor and
freedom of the forest and the outlaw. '
~~Henry David Thoreau

- until next time,

Monday, June 15, 2009

Father's Day & Summer Solstice ~

This weekend is Father's Day .. a day to celebrate and honor the men in our lives.
I was not fortunate to know my Dad ... however, my Grandpa and Uncles were very loving and positive roll models for me.

Some quotes for Father's Day:

'It is not flesh and blood ..
but the heart which makes us ..
fathers and sons. '
- - Johann Schiller

'Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life. '
~ ~Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

"My father didn't tell me how to live;
he lived, and let me watch him do it."
-- Clarence Budington Kelland

In honor of Father's Day ::

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Our Father's Day Give A Way ~
1 - (4 / 5 oz bar) Working Man Hands Handmade Soap
1 - (4 / 5 oz bar) Scandanavian Woods Handmade Soap
1 - 4 oz Peppermint Hydrosol for a cooling after shave spray

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The longest day of the year is the Summer Solstice, usually on June 21st.

'Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.'
~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

'Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes,
and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.
A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief
that all's right with the world.'
~~Ada Louise Huxtable

Enjoy the balmy summer days ahead.
~ til next time,

Monday, June 1, 2009

Gardening / This & That around the Net !

This is my garlic .!!! and can you see the earth boxes to the left .. with more tomatoes and sweet peppers.

Our End of May Blog Give a Way is ::

Congratulations to Ms Margaret @ yogagarden.

Every now and then I like to talk about people I have had the pleasure of dealing with in the business world.

Around the net, business / people I really admire and would recommend:

Christopher McMann at White Lotus has a fabulous newsletter and photos that are just amazing.!!! Visit White Lotus

Karen Creel at Garden Chick has a Home Depot for the opportunity to give away a $100.00 gift card on her blog. Vi st GardenChick Blog.

Papa Geno's Garden has move on .. and now has 'Heartland Organics' visit his farewell blog at : Papa Geno's Blog

Earth-Saver bag innovator. I met Carlos Kovalsky VP and Founder at the GoGreenExpo here in NYC. Visit his website: Earth-Saver

My garden brings me so much joy. Everything is now planted tomatoes (of course), basil, parsley, Rosemary, sage, oregano, egg plants, hot red peppers (a first for me),zucchini, yellow squash.

So excited, the photo above is the beginnings of my pergola that Rudy Gunther is building for me .. a long time dream ..

May is such a busy month with plantings and cleaning up from the winter.! For me .. the joy of gardening .. there is nothing better in this world. Peaceful .. just makes me happy to play in dirt.

Blog Watchers special:

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Summer is around the corner, please be sure to take care of your skin.
Drink plenty of water, and be sure to moisturize your face.

- Hydrosol Page to hydrate your skin

- Aloe Vera & Seaweed Gel for those sun burn days

Quotes for the month of June:

'If a June night could talk,
it would probably boast it invented romance.'
-- Bern Williams

'Kind hearts are the gardens;
kind thoughts are the roots;
kind words are the flowers'
kind deeds are the fruits.'
-- English Proverb

wishing you an enchanted garden filled with fragrant flowers.!
- til next time,