May 21, 2015

Flowers

This week I've had a hard time remembering which day it was, Thursday has snuck up on me. I'm working on a few different things, but I don't have any projects to share with you today (and wasn't prepared with a backup) so I'm sharing some flower photos I've taken over the last few months instead.

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I've got lots of gardening and yard projects planned for the weekend! What are your weekend plans?

May 19, 2015

Mojito Fruit Salad

We were having a potluck at work so I searched Pinterest for a recipe and came across this Mojito Fruit Salad recipe from Iowa Girl Eats! It was incredibly easy to make; watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mint, lime juice, and a sweetener (I used honey); and very popular (everyone was asking for the recipe)!

Mojito Fruit Salad
Mojito Fruit Salad

When shopping for the ingredients the grocery store was out of cut mint so I popped over to the garden shop and bought a sweet mint plant! I'll be planting soon it along with some other plants/seeds I have been buying! I'm very excited it's gardening time again!

May 14, 2015

Strawberry Basket Cloche

The strawberries I planted have been doing really well. Last year I divided the plants and they were making lots of little strawberries; unfortunately the neighborhood squirrels really like strawberries and seemed to always beat me to the ripe ones so I bought some large round baskets to cover the plants so I could have all the strawberries for myself. This year I am giving the baskets a little makeover:

Strawberry Basket Cloche

I bought some knobs to add to the top for handles and am spray painting the baskets a bone color. So far I have finished just one cloche; I only bought one can of spray paint which wasn't enough for all four of the baskets. Soon I'll have lovely cloches that will keep the squirrels away from my strawberries and lots of berries to eat!

Strawberry Basket Cloche
Strawberry Basket Cloche

My Fort Laramie strawberry plants have several tiny fruits growing and I just got a second variety of strawberries, Pineberry (pictured above); they are white berries that have a pineapple flavor! I'm very excited to try them!

Do you have strawberry plants and neighborhood squirrels/birds that like to eat from them? What do you do to keep them away from your harvest?

May 12, 2015

The Desert

I just got back from a long weekend in Phoenix visiting my grandparents! On Saturday we went to Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park for a picnic and wandering. Here are some photos I took while there (and one from my aunt's house):
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almost dry. bulbous. purple. totem pole cactus. creek. dead bird.

I love love love the totem pole cactus (Lophocereus schottii forma monstrosus) and want one in my house; they were having a plant sale at the arboretum and I could have bought one for $60, but I didn't want to spend that much and I wouldn't have been able to carry it on the plane anyway.

The dead bird is a sad story, we went over to check out my aunt's house and while looking around outside my sister noticed this bird flapping. The poor thing was stuck in this awful cactus with the worst spines that I swear jump out and get you. I tried freeing it, but it was really stuck and died before I was able to get even his leg out. Poor little bird.

May 7, 2015

Writing on Shirts

A few weeks ago I decorated some tank tops. My sister requested a "drop it like a squat" shirt for working out and I tried to be punny and made myself a "sweat shirt" tank top. I cooked up cornstarch and water and added the dye, this made writing words a lot easier.

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I was impatient and washed off the dye too soon so the words are fairly light, but it is just a silly shirt for working out so It doesn't really matter. Next time I do this I'll know to let the dye sit longer and also to wet the shirt before hand so the dye stays where it is put.