Buttoned up for winter....

 and just in time, as those cold winds are starting to blow through. The trees dropped all of their leaves this week. Have been busy planting garlic and mulching each of the beds. Now, I can turn my attention to what’s happening inside…in the greenhouse!

and just in time, as those cold winds are starting to blow through. The trees dropped all of their leaves this week. Have been busy planting garlic and mulching each of the beds. Now, I can turn my attention to what’s happening inside…in the greenhouse!

I found him!

 My little friend (a Cope’s Gray Treefrog or  Hyla chrysoscelis)  has not been seen since July…when I hung that impressive snakeskin on the bulletin board in the greenhouse. And I’ve missed him!  But yesterday after taking lavender cuttings ,in an effort to “make more plants” (thank you Ken Druse!) I found him perched on top of the saran wrap keeping my new cuttings moist.  Welcome back!

My little friend (a Cope’s Gray Treefrog or Hyla chrysoscelis) has not been seen since July…when I hung that impressive snakeskin on the bulletin board in the greenhouse. And I’ve missed him! But yesterday after taking lavender cuttings ,in an effort to “make more plants” (thank you Ken Druse!) I found him perched on top of the saran wrap keeping my new cuttings moist. Welcome back!

Who knew....

 you could grow rice in Wisconsin?  Not the traditional paddy rice, this is an upland variety called Duborskian, a Russian heirloom. I planted it in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Thailand. Hopefully there are enough weeks of good weather ahead for the outer husks on the rice grains to turn a golden brown. Then all I have to do is figure out how to thresh it! As always, more questions than answers!   

you could grow rice in Wisconsin?  Not the traditional paddy rice, this is an upland variety called Duborskian, a Russian heirloom. I planted it in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Thailand. Hopefully there are enough weeks of good weather ahead for the outer husks on the rice grains to turn a golden brown. Then all I have to do is figure out how to thresh it! As always, more questions than answers!

 

Uninvited guest!

 This uninvited pine snake (over 3 feet long) decided to shed its skin right next to the pool deck.  What is fascinating...is that it is the first snake skin I have ever seen that was TOTALLY intact!  You can see everything from the eyes and mouth....all the way to the tail! It totally freaked out the dogs....and I asked Nash to hang it on my bulletin board in the greenhouse....and I haven't seen my little resident tree frog since! Oh my....   

This uninvited pine snake (over 3 feet long) decided to shed its skin right next to the pool deck.  What is fascinating...is that it is the first snake skin I have ever seen that was TOTALLY intact!  You can see everything from the eyes and mouth....all the way to the tail! It totally freaked out the dogs....and I asked Nash to hang it on my bulletin board in the greenhouse....and I haven't seen my little resident tree frog since! Oh my....

 

Sun Golds live up to their name!

 Johnny's Selected Seeds describe these as "exceptionally sweet, bright tangerine-orange cherry tomatoes leaving customers begging for more. Vigorous plants start yielding early and bear right through the season."  And that description is dead on!  Early, beautiful, and EXCEPTIONALLY SWEET!  Start boiling the water, we're going to have pasta tonight with these gems!

Johnny's Selected Seeds describe these as "exceptionally sweet, bright tangerine-orange cherry tomatoes leaving customers begging for more. Vigorous plants start yielding early and bear right through the season."  And that description is dead on!  Early, beautiful, and EXCEPTIONALLY SWEET!  Start boiling the water, we're going to have pasta tonight with these gems!