Garden Clean up

Finally finished cleaning the winter debris out of the garden.  Discovered my red trillium came back this year and is flourishing.  The dark red flower adds a nice dash of color to the lady's mantles and the hostas.  The white trilliums seem to have multiplied.  Where I used to have one or two, now I've got triple the amount of plants.  The jack in the pul[...]

The Sachertorte - Jen's Version

The long-awaited day came to taste the labor-intensive Sachertorte.  Days before the cake was to be made, Jen spent hours preparing the chocolate and other ingredients for the chocolate glaze.  Once the glaze was finished, it got stored until it was time to use it.  Then came the task of making the apricot glaze.  The ingredients were melted together and sto[...]

Views from the Corner Garden: Maypop (aka Passiflora incarnata)

Maypop.  I like the name.  At first blush, it evokes images of lovely, brightly colored lollipops.  Further thinking about the name takes me to the positive side of Spring and says that this plant will pop in May.  If I travel over to the negative point of view, the name reminds me that it may pop if I’m lucky.  Last year, we planted one of these Maypo[...]

Ahhhh, sunshine & warmer temps

This weather makes me want to stay outside all day long.  Yesterday was perfect for a nice long walk in the woods.  The dogs hadn't had their date with the groomer.  We need to start getting in shape for the upcoming 62 mile walk in May.  What better way to do that, give the dogs their exercise, and enjoy the weather?  Another trip to Orion Oaks park.  Ozzie[...]

"Jest" a hat

I'm not sure what prompted me to pick up some baby yarn and decide to make this hat, but I did.  Best of all, I actually have someone to gift it to.  Knitting this hat didn't prove a huge challenge (thumbs up for that), but sewing it together certainly did.  I think it took me almost as long to sew it as it did to knit it.  Now I just hope the giftee will [...]

A walk in the park

Instead of going to see Alice in Wonderland as planned today, I decided to spend this gorgeous, sunny day outside enjoying the weather.   So we put the dogs, Ozzie and Harley, in the Jeep, grabbed water for all of us, and whizzed north on I75 to Orion Oaks Park.  We trekked to Lake 16 and up and down many of the trails.  Ozzie leading most of the way.  Har[...]

Views from the corner garden: the voo doo lily revisited and . . .

I dug up one voodoo lily in November, cleaned it off, wrapped it in newspaper, and stored it in a box in the basement.  Last week, I brought it out of storage.  It had already started to grow and had poked its way through the newspaper it was wrapped in.  So, I put it on a shelf in the sun.  I haven't watered this bulb - nothing.  It is magic!  Pictures of i[...]

Views from the corner garden: What is it? A voodoo lily, of course!

The mystery unraveled over the past couple of months as I doggedly tried to determine the name of the plant in the picture.   This plant has lived in my garden for about 11 years, and I have always known it as a Nile Lily.  However, when I searched for Nile Lily on the Internet because I wanted to find out more about it, I got Agapanthus or Lily of the Nile.[...]

Snake bites

We spotted these two snakes while hiking in the mountains (Sierra Madre Occidental I believe) south of Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico in February.  When we first came upon them, we couldn't quite make out what was happening.  At first, it looked like the snake had its tail in its mouth.  As we got closer--we could tell they weren't poisonous, we could see that t[...]

Joke for today

An acquaintance sent me this joke the other day.   The picture in my head was so vivid I couldn't stop laughing.  I laughed for a minute at least. I was on the subway, sitting on a newspaper, and a guy comes over and asks, "Are you reading that?" I didn't know what to say. So I said, "Yes," stood up, turned the page, and sat down again.