Thursday, July 14, 2011

Eating from the backyard...

I should first apologize to all those I owe return visits and comments too...We had a tummy bug hit the house, so everything has been sadly neglected...It started Saturday afternoon on the way to a friends wedding when Sara threw-up all over herself in the back of the car...Needless to say we did not actually make it to the wedding...or church Sunday morning...lots of fluids and culturelle later she was well enough to return to Daycare Monday...Tuesday involved a trip to a specialist in the city to discuss her up coming surgery (Aug 25th)..After seeing the Dr we stopped by the book store and then on to the Mall for lunch at the food court and a couple hours window shopping and playing in the kiddies playground....I returned home exhausted but thought it was just from the days activities and a few sleepless nights taking care of Sara...Nope...wrong...In the wee hours of Wed morning the tummy bug hit me...Thank goodness it waited until then though, because it was hubbies day off Wed. He did the daycare runs to and from, as well as took care of dinner last night while I slept most of the day...I am still feeling delicate today but better than yesterday...

What has this got to do with eating from my backyard you ask...Well both are about being neglected...Though I think the backyard wins being more neglected than my blogging lol.

I am really enjoying seeing all the baby Cardinals at the feeders when I look out thru the French doors...So much so I had not noticed until I grabbed my camera to photograph them, how neglected the backyard is look...

The pear tree is loaded, so much so it has lost a couple of branches, one is still laying on the ground below the tree, fallen fruit also litters the ground...My chickens love coming in to forage here...The sunflowers below the trees are spent and weeds from the spilt birdseeds are taking over...

But the fruit on the tree is looking lovely...

Hubby transplanted the banana tree from the old place into this pot...it grew much quicker than we anticipated...Need to get a bigger pot SOON...

And then we have the overgrown herb/fairy garden...The only time I get out here atm is to grab a few sprigs while cooking and then dart back inside before I burn the food I am cooking...oops..

The Basil is doing great...I already harvested 3 large freezer bags of basil from the front garden, and a good amount of seeds...Will soon be time to harvest this one too...

Wave 2 of the tomatoes is coming in well, getting lots of blooms and even some small fruit..These are the Heirloom tomatoes I transplanted from the front garden...

The Dill has gone to seed, so I need to harvest some pods today...This was great not just for cooking but attracting the Black Swallowtail Butterflies...See the POST HERE for the full life cycle we witnessed thanks to this plant...

Time to harvest some Sage to freeze...I made some pumpkin soup the other day and used some of the Sage in it...OMG DIVINE

Hiding in the back behind a mountain of mint is one of my favorite garden statues...She used to be a water fountain and I painted her yrs ago...now her pump is lost and after continually being knocked into the pond by the dog her paint chipped, but I think she looks even cuter this way.

Thank you for touring my overgrown neglected back yard garden with me..

Blessings Kelsie

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8 comments:

Karen said...

Kelsie, sorry to hear about the tummy bug, my 90 yr old mother was down and out for a day or two this week with it also, but bounced back just fine. I'm hoping the same for your family!

My yard is neglected in spots too, (way TOO many spots, lol!) I love the little statue, she is adorable there...I have one I found in the landfill, broken off at the knees and missing parts, but it is the cutest statue I own, and it used to be a fountain, too.

Glenda said...

I love the little girl statue - she's even more charming with her chips and cracks - makes her look very vintage and shabby chic. You have amazing shots of the stages of the butterfly metamorphosis. We have a "butterfly" lady in our community that grows milkweed as a feed source for butterflies and the caterpillars. She brings the lifecycles to schools to give programs for the kids. Very interesting!

On Crooked Creek said...

Kelsie,
I am sorry that you've been "under the weather"...please take care of yourself, dear! I adore the fairy in your garden!
Fondly,
Pat

mississippi artist said...

Hope you are all over your stomach bug! My yard is sad looking to, due to this terrible heat and no rain. Maybe we will get a break soon.

Fishtail Cottage said...

Ah, looks like you have all the makings of owning a true cottage garden....herbs, veggies, fruits & blooms! always love to come by to say hello! Thanks for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's Garden Party! xoxo, Tracie

Lana from Farm Life Lessons said...

I feel like we have a lot in common!! Life holds too many distractions and too much for us to do at once!!

Bonita Jane said...

Glad you are feeling up and at 'em! I, too, love the garden girl - holding a shell it looks like. She looks like a Kelpie. Your herbs look wildly wonderful! Have a great week!

Tootsie said...

with the bananas...it is the bigger the pot the bigger the plant will grow...at least that is what I read.
life is busy busy for everyone...it is that time of life...spring summer winter or fall it is always a race at my house!
thanks for linking in this week. I am always in awe of all the different flowers everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I always enjoy stopping by here! I hope you will link in again soon!
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