window boxes and flowers

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

i filled my window boxes a couple of weeks ago and went a totally different route than last year.  

pink! petunias and potato vine. 

the front porch got a dose of pink too.

geraniums, diamond frost, vinca vine, spike and some fillers.

you can see the garden over the hill.  its all planted and blooming!  update on that soon.

our retaining walls have climbing hydrangeas and day lilies.

 more lilies.

boxwoods on top, climbing hydrangeas, purple coneflower and lilies.  for the past two years the dear have shown NO interest in these plants.

the back deck has pink....

and the back porch has pink!

the planters by the garage even have pink.

i had fun this year filling my pots.  i attended a class at a local greenhouse that where i brought in up to three planters and we filled them and learned tips about filling a pot.

texture, height and color.  sun or shade or both.  etc.

oh, and to be sure these all receive their adequate amounts of h2o "watering flowers" has been put on boone's daily chore list! :)

super simple strawberry freezer jam

Friday, June 1, 2012

this is too easy NOT to make!

strawberries are here, in season.  and word on the street is that the season is shorter than usual due to an early warm front and late frost.

8 cups sugar
4 cups crushed strawberries
2 boxes of pectin (i use sure-jell.  yellow box)
1 1/2 cups water

cut your strawberries and put them in a food processor or mash them by hand.

you want to end up with 4 cups of crushed strawberries.

stir in sugar

on the stove add the two envelopes (1 envelope comes in each box) of pectin to the 1 1/2 cups of water.
stir it in until and boil for one should be dissolved.

turn off heat.  add your strawberries.

now, this is where i like to add about 5 coarsely chopped strawberries because i like my jam with some chunks.

pour into clean jars leaving a little space at the top for the jam to expand.  

leave on counter till cool then store in your freezer.  that's it!

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