Archive for May, 2011

May 26, 2011

C’est Bon!

C'est Bon French Herb Kit by The Allium Garden on Etsy

C'est Bon French Herb Kit

A pot of something green on my countertop always makes me feel like, “Yes, I can cook!” even if  it’s more like, “I really don’t want to cook.” Right now I have two pots of spike moss hanging from a utility bar in the kitchen, but with spring in the air, I’m ready for my herbs, French herbs actually. Lavender, thyme, rosemary, and basil– it’s hard not to think of the possibilities of something roasting away in the Le Creuset dutch oven right?  And why not start the herbs from seed?  I’ve heard my friends say this over and over, “I don’t have time to wait on seeds to grow.”  My response is the same -seeds are the most economical way to garden, especially herbs. Herbs grow relatively quickly, and in no “thyme”, you have something edible, and more importantly, something that you’ve nurtured from the very beginning.  What’s nice too about an herb garden is that as long as there’s good light and favorable temperatures to what you are growing, you can grow them indoors or out.  See for yourself!

May 22, 2011

Is It Too Much?

Green Roof Birdhouse And All That Jazz, on Etsy

Well, of course I don’t think so!  I LOVE it. Couldn’t wait to raise the roof so to speak on this little birdhouse. Green roof gardens are what’s hot in the garden these days.  In fact, I’m so intrigued, whenever I visit a garden, my eyes can’t help but scan upwards in hopes of finding something luscious and green growing on top.

The concept of the green roof is not new.  It goes back hundreds of years to Iceland.  In the old days, green roofs were likely sod and used because other materials were scarce.  The thermal and air quality properties that green roofs provide today however, is surprising. In fact over the last 50 or 60 years Germany has been a leader in research, development and implementation of this newish-old concept.

As you can imagine, converting an existing pitched roof to a green roof is not an inexpensive proposition.  BUT, wait!  You say you have a garden shed?  Perfect!  That’s where I started.  I could only convince the hubs to convert our garden shed rather than our house (you get what you can right?).   But I love the concept so much, I’ve been converting birdhouses all over the place.  Some lucky bird will have a house modeled after the newest, oldest gardening concept today.

May 4, 2011

Ain’t Love Grand

I’m all for love.  Why shouldn’t I be?  After all, it is what makes the world go ’round, right?  But love has its place, and it’s not in my fountain.  Let me explain.

The last several weeks I have been busy cleaning away the remnants of last fall, watching my bulbs emerge, and watching with joy as the robins and cardinals grace me with their presence this season.  But the true indicator of spring is the Allium Garden fountain.  Every winter, we break down the pieces of the fountain and pack them away in the garden shed until spring.  I usually bug my husband for weeks in February and March to help me reassemble the pieces.  After several consecutive weeks of warm weather this year, he finally relented, and put all of the pieces together for me.  Why is this important you ask?  Symbolic of spring to be sure, but more importantly the birds love the water, and even more importantly, I get to watch them – in fact I watch them watching me watch them for hours on end!

And here is where it gets interesting.  As the birds and I play coy with each other at the fountain, I see something floating in the larger basin at the bottom near the ground.  I think I see the little frog from last year (let’s call him Romeo), but wait, he’s bigger, and there are two frogs now.  And o-h, they are positioned a little….funny in the fountain.  Last year Romeo was small and cute, and this year, he’s looking for love- and in my fountain.

As you can imagine, I had to escort them out, asking of course that they go someplace more private, but I see today they have both returned to the love shack that is my fountain. So the moral of this story?  Watch out, it’s spring and love can be found where you least expect it!