Sunday, May 31

Propagating a Clematis Vine

I just love flowering clematis vines!  
There are so many different colors and types and all are beautiful growing up a trellis, over an arbor, up a lamp post, along a fence or just anywhere really. 
The best way to grow clematis is from clematis cuttings.
Propagation is pretty easy and you can have anywhere from a 50% to up to a 90% success rate.

The Clematis is in the Buttercup family and hundreds of species and cultivars of clematis exist around the world. The popular vine is available in single- and double-bloom varieties, in dozens of colors that often change as the plant grows, and in cultivars that grow as high as 30 feet or remain about 6 to 8 feet. 

Certain clematis vines are winter hardy even to zone 3, while others are hardy in zones 4 through 9. Clematis originated in Europe and Asia and the late 1800's brought about numerous varieties through breeding and cross pollination.

Wednesday, May 27

Wire Garden Orb

I have an older wire orb on a stick I've had for years.  It started out painted a pretty lime green color I believe but all the paint has faded and now it’s just a drab rusted looking orb.

I am in love with Alliums, which is a perennial bulb that comes up in the spring and has a huge purplish or pinkish round flower.

Allium is the onion genus and comprises flowering plants and includes the onion, garlic, chives, scallion, shallot, and the leek as well as hundreds of wild species.
The majority of Allium species are mostly native to Asia but a few are native to Africa and Central and South America

The Allium I have in my flower gardens and that are most commonly used as ornamental flowers include A. cristophii and A. giganteum.   These are used as border plants because of their beautiful orb shape flowers.

Thursday, May 21

Cheesy Bacon Dip

Summer is nearly here along with endless barbecues, July 4th parties and family gatherings.  Looking for recipes to take along I thumbed through a cookbook my daughter Alexis gave me for Christmas last year.  

Trisha Yearwood’s cookbook Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood is full of really yummy recipes which were passed down through the years from Trisha’s mother, aunts, cousins and longtime friends.  I love those kind of recipes.
A few of my favorite recipes are the Lettuce Wedge with homemade Blue Cheese Dressing, Corn Salsa, Chicken Pizza and I really want to try her Magic Lemon Meringue Pie.   Included in the cookbook is this recipe for dip, which is easy to make and absolutely delicious.  It is one of those recipes you just can’t stop eating!

Sunday, May 17

The Birth Tree

My daughter Jami
The last time my daughter came to visit she had a surprise for us.  She asked if we would be willing to plant a memorial tree on our farm using the placenta from her last child’s birth to place under the new tree.
My grandson Dax was born in Texas, so the placenta had to be frozen until the planting ceremony.
Truthfully I had never heard of this before and it all happened so very quickly that I didn't have much time to prepare. 
Afterwards I did a little research and found out quite a lot. 
There are simple ceremonies, eloquent ceremonies and elaborate ceremonies preformed to honor the placenta all over the world. 

Many cultures, including the Navajo Indians and New Zealand's Maori, bury the placenta to symbolize the baby's link to the earth. 
The Navajo of the American Southwest customarily bury a child's placenta within the sacred Four Corners region to bind the child to its ancestral land and to its people. The Maoris of New Zealand bury the placenta in native soil for the same reason. They even applied their word for land to the placenta - "whenua."
In certain regions of Siberia, the buried placenta is thought to be ill or uncomfortable if the baby becomes sick. The gravesite is treated, and the placenta may be reburied in another spot in hopes of curing the child.  

Thursday, May 14

Blueberry Lemon Jam

Blueberry season is fast approaching! 
Blueberry-picking season depends on the geographical location of your blueberries, but most blueberries are ripe in June and July. Some years, depending on the weather, the season can start in late May or extend until early August.

I purchased my blueberries while on one of our trips to Michigan.  Once home I froze them until I could make blueberry jam and syrup, add to muffins or to mix up a batch of blueberry pancakes.  

Besides Michigan being a beautiful state, it is the leader in highbush blueberry production.  Michigan farms produce approximately 220,000 tons (490,000,000 lbs) of blueberries, accounting for 32% of all the blueberries eaten in the United States.

Picking blueberries and making jam always reminds me of one of my favorite children’s books “Blueberries For Sal” by Robert McCloskey. “

Monday, May 4

Zombies and the Zombie Walk

With the popularity of the TV show The Walking Dead, more and more people are getting into zombie fandom.  But where did all this zombie love come from or what started it all?

First, What are Zombies? 
Zombies are fictional undead creatures, usually depicted as mindless, reanimated human corpses with a hunger for living human flesh. Zombies are most commonly found in horror and fantasy genre works.

The term Zombie comes from Haitian folklore:  The Haitian /French “zombie” and the Haitian / Creole “zonbi” is a dead body animated by magic. Modern depictions of zombies do not involve magic but invoke other methods such as a virus or illness.