Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This 'n that

Around the home and garden...

This year we're growing herbs in containers on the patio

sweet basil

and we fenced in the tomatoes and covered them with shade cloth

so far, so good!

The pomegranate and citrus trees are setting fruit for the first time since the big freeze of February 2011.

Hummingbirds share their nectar feeders with verdins and woodpeckers.

The kingsnake made a brief appearance before retiring to its home in the wall.


After a year and a half, I finally finished another patchwork quilt:

Vitex tree

oatmeal cookies

Have a great day!


Adriano said...


House around with all these wonders, it is truly beautiful!

Wonderful photos!

Greetings from Brazil!


Darla said...

Really enjoyed this and that! Mostly 'that' ... that pomegranate (I'm envious) tree and that plate of cookies... yes, the edibles ... ;-)

Maybe next year, after settling more fully into the Tucson environment, I'll try some patio herbs...

Betty Manousos said...

those plants look growing nicely, diane.

i really enjoyed your this n' that and your wonderful photos too.

oatmeal cookies sound and look great!
love me some.


Unknown said...

Everything beautiful.
..Even your snake.

angryparsnip said...

Your garden is so much farther along than mine. When did you start your tomatoes and herbs... mine are just starting to really grow.
My citrus trees are still barley alive but they have leaves this year. I hope fruit next year.
I want to plant a pomegranate tree.

Lovely post today
cheers, parsnip

Loree said...

Thank you so much! I always wondered what the name of those pale blue flowers Was. Now I know. Lovely quilt.

Teresa said...

I would love to see all of those things around my house except for the snake. LOL!

Salitype said...

You reminded me when I planted some veggies in the backyard, mine wasn't successful ! I collected a lot of quilt from my husband's grandmother and I love every single one of them !


Stephanie said...

You are one amazing person! Love what you have planted, baked, sewn and snapped. All so good :-D

Annie Jeffries said...

Pretty quilt
Sweet goldfinch
Yummy oatmeal cookies (my fav)

Your garden is growing and has lots of visitors. Life is just about perfect.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Oh My---I got stuck at the cookies and the quilt... LOVE LOVE LOVE that quilt... It is gorgeous!!!!! I SO love quilts... Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

You lead a charmed life!!! So gorgeous, and wonderful! Lovely pics! I want those oatmeal cookies right now!!! xoxo-

Rohrerbot said...

Diane, it's really good to know that it's not me and my place. Everything in this post is dead on....fruit is setting for the first time on our citrus trees. The hummingbird feeders are driving me crazy!!! Verdins, House Finches, Gila Woodpeckers are really drinking up! The hummers are around but I've had to move the feeders because they are spilling the juice all over the sidewalk! The Verdins are fine, but when that Woodpecker swings below....look out!!! And a first! A Kingsnake came out of nowhere on our property in midtown!!! I have never seen this guy since I started putting our gardens together here.....I think snakes are cool but a little unnerving when you are cleaning up or watering a pot and it slithers, slinks around the pot....3 feet long!!!Heebie jeebies. And lastly, love how you did up your herbs and veggies. Good luck! I've got peaches, loquats, apricots, citrus, and had mulberries...but I ate those up:) No persimmons, apples, guava, grapefruit or figs!:( I'm bummed about the figs and persimmons. Peach trees NEVER disappoint however. Enjoy your Thursday!

betchai said...

everything looks good Diane, so vibrant and full of life, so happy for you.

Betsy Grant said...

Always a pleasure to visit your blog!

siga said...

Hmmm, I just discovered that you also making quilts? How many secrets still to find here?
Love your little garden ;)

rainfield61 said...

The flowers are good.

The vegetables are good.

The birds are good.

Everything is good.

Have a good day.

Magpie said...

My daughter and I are trying our hands at a small garden this year. Hope we haven't gotten too late of a start. I'm also growing rosemary and thyme...two of my favorites. And you find time to quilt! You're amazing.

Magic Moments said...

mmm..cookies..I love it=D..and the snake is not my favorite..but it was nice in the picture..hugs

ZielonaMila said...

Wonderful photos! I am greeting

Icy BC said...

I like the idea of fenced in with shade cloth. It is the only way to protect your plants before the critters have their fill.

Pomegranate tree? How fun and lucky you for having it fresh to eat.

Lindy said...

No idle hands at your place! :-) Your quilt is very beautiful, like a piece of art. The tomatoes look like they are doing very well with your TLC. I love the color of the Plumbago. The oatmeal cookies are making me hungry.
Always a delight to see your images.

Janie said...

Your garden is looking good. I'd like to join you and the birds for some oatmeal cookies.

Barb said...

Such glorious colors both outdoors and in your quilt. Your garden is really producing. J

Martha Z said...

Your garden looks like mine, the beds covered to keep out the critters.
That is a beautiful quilt!

Chomp said...

Veo una gran satisfacción en todo lo que haces...felicidades.

Un abrazo.