Another Bunch of Random Garden Stuff - May 31, 2021

Random stuff, including blue and red, for it's Blue Monday & Ruby Tuesday Too!

First, a mosaic for Mosaic Monday #133, showing four of what's blooming right now.  Clockwise from upper left: Red Riding Hood penstemon, lance-leaf coreopsis, Double Dynasty dianthus, blanketflower 

I grew the Double Dynasty from seed this year.  The coreopsis is one of two that have the ruffly double petals.  I don't know where they came from, unless they were part of the Dollar Tree mixed seeds, which included "perennial coreopsis." 


My blueberries on the bushes are looking good, so I thought I'd better finish eating last year's berries, which I'd frozen.  My favorite way to use blueberries is in muffins.  No, probably blueberry pie is my favorite, but I'm the only one here who would eat it, and I don't want to eat an entire pie!   Here's my updated recipe (the last one posted wasn't precise as to milk amount).

Blueberry Muffins - makes 12

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup milk

3/4 - 1 cup blueberries (I like to use them frozen, they stir in without breaking up and turning the batter blue)

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix wet ingredients together and add to dry along with the blueberries. Stir until just mixed, over-stirring makes muffins tough.  

Grease muffin tins, bottoms only (muffins "climb" the sides) and fill each with 1/12 of the batter.  Sprinkle with sugar if desired.   Bake 400 degrees until tops are browned.  It's about 10-15 minutes, but I find my ovens have differed so check at 10 and keep watch.  Remove from pan right off or they continue to cook. 

On my visit to St. Vincent de Paul I found this 1950's Napco (National Pottery Corp.) planter in the shape of a smoking pipe.  At first the company made their own pottery, mostly vases, but after WWII they started importing from Japan to meet the increased demand for cutesy decor.  They also made those planters shaped like women's head.  I'd love to find one of those!  My father had one of these pipe planters, in a darker brown, as a pencil cup on his home desk.  I guess it probably held a plant originally, or even his pipe smoking supplies or as an ashtray, but by the time I was old enough to notice, it held pencils and he no longer smoked.  This one is too clean inside to have been used as a planter.

Fences are no obstacles to roses!  This part of the fence is leaning, and the other day the three nasty dogs (I love most dogs, but these three can be unreliable, even vicious) that live, not next door, but the one after that, were growling and fighting together, as usual, and Mickey ran to the fence to see what he could see.  He ended up running right up the leaning fence, and I was just in time to grab one of his hind legs before he fell over the fence!  That neighbor has told me to go ahead and go back there if Mickey gets over, but I'd like to keep that from happening at all.  He (the neighbor) is going to rebuild that part of the fence.  The sooner the better!  I need to speak to him about propping it up, at least. 

My first strawberry from my new Albion strawberry plants ripened!  There would have been earlier ones, but I did as recommended and removed the first set of flowers.  Small, but then, so are the plants still.  You can't get much rubier than a ripe strawberry!  (Well, actually, rubies aren't quite that red...)

Now that the tomatoes are starting to form fruit I can tell what they are (I lost their labels).  Purple Russian is the only one I grew that is egg shaped, so that's what this is.  So far two of the plants are Purple Russian.  They were free seeds from Baker Creek.  


How about this for pretty?  It's my new perennial Bachelor Button "Amethyst Dream."  It's said to grow quickly, and can live up to 25 years.  Do you know why it's called Bachelor Button?  In Victorian times a single man would wear one in his button hole to signify his availability.   I'm not sure what an interested woman was supposed to do about it though. 

It's going to be a hot day, the forecast is for 97 degrees.  It's 66 right now, so I'm going to take Mickey on a walk before it gets too warm for him.  He hates it when it gets warm!  Goes limp! 




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  1. Happy Mosaic Monday

    Much­čîĚlove

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  2. Your garden is coming along beautifully. I sure hope the neighbor gets that fence fixed soon!

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    1. Me too. It's not an easy job, what's there is held up by ivy and bamboo.

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  3. That blueberry muffin looks AMAZING!! #BLueMonday

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    1. Yeah, they're good muffins! I can even say county fair winning muffins!

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  4. Sometimes it's nice to have a pie all to oneself ;)

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    1. True! And I'd pick blueberry or peach.

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  5. I would love to put in a few blueberries. Here in North Idaho we should be getting a heat have coming though.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. We get pretty hot summers, and the blueberries are fine. They are in raised beds, which I water a lot.

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  6. Lisa - glad to see you again at Mosaic Monday! I have two varieties of penstemon in my garden - yellow and rocky mountain (a purple shade). Only the yellow is even close to blooming. I have tons of coreopsis -- it spreads rapidly and I have to dig a bunch up every year to keep it from taking over. Not blooming yet. And blanketflower - I love it. Also quite a ways from flowers, but I can be patient ... in the meantime, thrilled to see your bounty!

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    1. Oh, coreopsis is the worst! Or best. It's almost too easy to propagate! I pull out so much each spring, and dig out more. Some I move into the front yard. Then, I dead head it. Yes, twice a day. But, it's getting away from me now that I have so much. So dependable.

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  7. I know the feeling I go limp in our Thai warm weather too! Your veggies are doing so well! Thanks for the blueberry muffin recipe! Have a great week
    Wren x

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    1. You have more humidity too. I checked! Right now I'm 37% (it feels pretty moist) and you're over 50%. The same recipe can be used for any muffins. I should mention that in the post. I leave the berries out for my son.

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  8. Hi there Lisa .. thanks for dropping by ! I don't have steady all day sun anywhere in my garden so it is all by chance the allium have a bit of shade here and there . But give that a try to see if yours will do better for next year. I have to say I have tried a few different kind but Purple Sensation is my favorite.
    I laughed when I saw how those roses crept through the fence .. that is remarkable ! Those blueberry muffins must have been awesome .. my favorite too !

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    1. Yes, I'll have to try again. I love them. Last year was their first and they did fine.

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  9. I picked some blackberries this week but I need to check the blueberry bushes in the wild. I love the muffins! Thanks for the recipe! Take care!

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    1. There are loads of the Himalayan blackberries everywhere here, invasive but so tasty! I love blackberry pie and jam from them. I haven't been picking in many years. There was a patch when I moved in, which I thought I could control. Nope. Almost eradicated now.

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  10. Not sure I would have traded your 90's for the 40's we had on Saturday (with rain) but now we are told we are going to be 90 or above for next week. Ugh. I love blueberry muffins. We go picking at a U Pick farm when they ripen (for us, July). My first strawberry (we have two plants in a large hanging basket) was eaten by (probably) birds. Didn't get it harvested in time. Sigh...

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    1. I'll trade 90s for yesterday's temperature! So, I should be happy, today's only forecast for 97.

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