Archive for April, 2008


Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Our “President Grevy” lilac has been in full bloom for about a week now, and what a show it’s putting on this year. I don’t know what happened last year, but we only got two blooms – this year (though the pictures don’t do it justice, even the color is too grey!) the whole bush […]

Bye bye, Daydreams

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The Daydream tulips lost all their petals last week, so I thought I should share what they finally looked like as a sort of in memoriam till next year. I can’t wait till the May flowers begin to open and the first roses bloom, but it’s always a bit sad to see the first flush […]

If I had time… and land…

Sunday, April 27th, 2008 , but the site’s super amateur, be forewarned I could do this on it. Maybe once we move into our Someday House and I have an orchard! I’m already planning some sort of natural gazebo made of a ring of birch trees – maybe an armchair in the orchard is just the thing to […]

Starting from seed

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Today is probably the greyest, rainiest day I’ve seen since the middle of February, so no slogging around the Patch for me. (I had barely finished and saved this entry before there was a power outage!) I did make it over there yesterday to do a bit of work – in between baking chocolate cakes […]

How to grow a Taco

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Mama’s been bugging me to put up more pictures of Taco, but my next sono isn’t till week 32…. and since I’m only 26 weeks now (a week from the end of the sixth month), you’re just going to have to wait. Patiently. For another month and a half. Argh! I know. I wish I […]


Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Flying + Logos. Get it? A new company is making floating advertisements out of plant-based foams and helium gases. As if there isn’t enough advertising pollution (no, I don’t mean environmental type pollution, these are purportedly eco-friendly) out there. Not enough space on billboards? Let’s put ads in the sky! Rolling Rock has been running […]


Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

No doubt I’ll use that blog title as a baby entry later, but just now – don’t be disappointed – it’s garden entry time! Everything is starting to look like Spring at the Patch: the weeds are still at manageable levels, the goldfish are waking up from their hibernation and dashing around in their barrels, […]

Spring makeover

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

I went to Behnke’s nursery this weekend for the first time in 2008…. and even though I went twice in two days, you should be proud of how much I controlled myself. I brought home a mere 4 new plants (not including annuals… cuz who includes those? They’re even labelled as “filler” – they’re the […]

On the menu…

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Pineapple upside-down cake. I’ve never made one myself, but fond memories from my childhood – along with a special on pineapples – compelled me. I tried the generic “fruit upside-down cake” recipe from Kimball’s Dessert Bible, which adds about a 1/4 cup of corn meal to the recipe (to give the cake some tooth to […]

Laundry Dropps

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Well these look interesting: convenient and eco-friendly. In addition to being phosphate (bad for aquatic life) and NPE (bad for fish)-free (the unscented and dye-free version is also free of harsh enzymes. [ . . . ] the reduction is packaging is pretty dramatic (about 300x less plastic) and the reduced weight and bulk cuts […]