Posted : 6/21/2016 3:56:52 PM
Yikes, June is flying by! I can't believe that the days will now start getting shorter again. Boo!
Kate, I'll be interested in hearing how the pickled scapes come out. We bought some at our local farmers market last summer and DH sauteed them as a side dish, and they were pretty good. I think they'd make a really fun centerpiece if you put a bunch of them in a fun container. Their shape is pretty funky!
Doug, someday when I can take some road trips around the US, I'm going to land on your doorstep in peak Honey Crisp season with my empty bucket, asking if I can pick a few off your trees. Those are my favorite apple out here (a close second to Macoun, which we had in CT, but not in OR).
No fruits or veggies in our garden, but our perennials are going like gang-busters. We had such a warm spring that everything is early. Our crocosmia is blooming now, which is a couple weeks ahead of the usual bloom time. The hummingbirds love those -- I saw three of them jausting for position near them last night. But the most fantastic thing blooming right now is our jasmine -- it's on a trellis against the house, right by our bedroom windows. The fragrance is so strong that we can smell it in our bedroom at night when the windows are open. And our yard is so tiny that you can smell it just sitting on the patio, too.
Oh, speaking of patios -- have I posted about the bat living in our patio umbrella? DH thought a bird flew out one day when he opened it, but a few days later when I opened it and something flew out, I realized it was a little bat. So, we've been keeping it closed, since he apparently likes to spend his days in there. The other day we bought a special bat house to hang on the side of the house. We had to paint it a dark color (to trap heat since our nights are cooler). This weekend DH will hang it. I don't know how we get
the little bat to know to use it -- I told DH maybe we need to put a Vacancy sign nearby with a big arrow pointing to it. It'll be just a few feet from the umbrella, so I'm hoping he finds it. We'd like him to bring a family and friends since bats eat all the mosquitoes. I know most people think they're creepy, but I love bats. We named this one Robin -- a silly pun (Batman's sidekick) that also works since we don't know if he's male or female. I call him a HE for some reason!