Monday, July 14, 2014
I found this picture of Fennel and Snakeroot on one of the blogs I get in my "mail". I believe the snakeroot is South African and therefore not grow-able in Maine. But I like the "wispy-ness" of the orange flowers and will do research to see if there IS something like this that does grow in Maine. I have an abundance of nasturtiums in orange in the garden (safely fenced) which are lovely and taste peppery. Good for a summer salad. The garlic is nearly ready to pull.
Right now we are battling the DEER. They have just birthed new babies--usually twins--and everyone is hungry. They have finished off the hosta, eaten all the rose buds off the roses (we do have them circled in chicken wire cages) and are now munching on the flower buds of the day lilies. No flowers makes Joanne a very sad girl, indeed.
A solution is to completely fence our four acres with chicken wire. This has sounded like madness in years prior to this one. Now, it is sounding like a very good idea. G is spraying repellent every 4 days. I am 5 to 10 minutes outside of Town. And we are overrun with wild animals.
The humidity has risen. So I will be happiest in the sewing room hemming pants. Perhaps to work on my 10 by 10 art quilt. Perhaps to string beads and bells on my "artistic" idea of a wind chime made from the frame of a lamp shade I found on the street one day. I saved about 20 toothpaste caps in a pretty shade of sea blue which G has kindly drilled holes in. I have a coupon for JoAnn's and will see if they have bells. Nice bells that make a lot of jingle.
It seems sad to not be happiest outdoors on summer days. It was quite lovely yesterday with a brisk sea breeze blowing thru the greenhouse at work. But that same breeze was also blowing all the plants over and drying them out faster than we could water. Yin and Yang.
We are barely eating. Last night it was some fried potatoes and leftover sausages. What is happening is--I am searching inside the freezer for things to thaw and eat. I found two containers of chili which was nice. Fruit from last summer for my yogurt lunches. Last summer's frozen peppers with thawed chicken breasts. I think there may be steaks hidden in the depths of the bottom drawer? Who knows. G did buy himself a rack of lamb at Trader Joe's. It's in the freezer.
I made rhubarb syrup with the stringy stems of rhubarb in the garden. G bought me limes. I'm ready to try a Rhubarb lime Fizz.