|do little boys ever get tired of playing in water?|
The little ones were out in the puddles just after the rain finished, of course. My little guy was sitting on the curb, making little dams with twigs, and playing with the muck in the water. I could have stopped him-- it probably isn't the best thing in the world for a kid to be doing, but it was warm out and there weren't any cars in the road. He was being a kid - doing unstructured things just for fun, and finding out about how the world works in the way kids are supposed to.
We are busy trying to sign them up for art classes and soccer classes right now, like all of the other city parents, making sure our kids' lives are as frantic as ours. I think I like that they play in puddles sometimes.
|mainacht salvia, morden blush and winnipeg parks rose- makes my eyes hurt!|
|stella cherry is growing like a weed|
The recent heat and the rain have the garden going crazy! In the front yard, everything is blooming at once. It's almost too much. After a long winter without- to be suddenly overwhelmed by bright green and color- it's beautiful and it's overwhelming.
The fruit trees are doing their part as well. Our serviceberry is a slow grower, so I clipped off some of the fruit this year just after it finished flowering, so that it would put more energy into growing bigger and less into fruit production. It seems to be obliging by sending out lots of new shoots, so that seems to be working. There still is some fruit left, and it'll probably be ripe in a few weeks.
If you haven't had them, the flavor of serviceberry is pretty good. They look and taste a lot like blueberries, but with bigger seeds. The seeds can put you off, granted, but the trees are a lot easier to grow than blueberry bushes, and produce more heavily, if you can keep the birds away. When this one gets big enough, I may have to try making a batch of serviceberry wine.
We have a Stella cherry, which is either a zone 4 or a zone 5 tree, but which has survived 3 winters in our yard now. I don't know if that confirms that we are in zone 5, or just that Stella is hardier than she has been given credit for. We haven't seen any blooms on her yet, but the way she is growing- wow! This is one vigorous tree! Supposedly it takes 5-6 years to see fruit, so we may be waiting a while. I hope it's worth the wait.
|evans bali cherries forming|
|the veggie garden as of June 15|
|...and our rainbarrel runneth over|
|yeah, they both really enjoy playing in puddles|
I've had to become creative in keeping the rabbits out of our veggie garden. I put a fence around most of it, but the logistics of getting a fence all the way around, after putting in the new stonework, were daunting, so i left a bit of a gap.
That meant that they were able to find out broccoli plants and they wasted no time decimating the crop. We still have a couple dozen left, so yesterday, I searched for my cayenne pepper, my tried and true rabbit and squirrel repellent.
Only I couldn't find it. Gita has rearranged the kitchen cabinets and I didn't have the patience to go through all of them so I looked for a second-best solution.
What I found were some dry Thai dragon peppers we got at the farmer's market last year and dried in the back yard. I ground them up in a mortar and pestle, then sprinkled them on the broccoli plants, as well as a few kale plants nearby. We'll see if that stops them.
If not- does anyone have suggestions on rabbit repellants? I don't use chemicals- but am open to suggestions on home remedies or barriers to keep the buggers out. Any thoughts?
|thai peppers before grinding...|