Category Archives: Yard

Early June in Spy Garden and Tronchuda Kale Chips

Pepper Plant, by Babyzilla

Pepper Plant, by Babyzilla

Cilantro Blossoms

Cilantro Blossoms

Rainbow Swiss Chard, Sunset Lettuce, Nasturtiums

Rainbow Swiss Chard, Sunset Lettuce, Nasturtiums

Rainbow Chard is so vibrant (and tasty)

Rainbow Chard is so vibrant (and tasty)

Love-in-a-Mist Seed Pod

Love-in-a-Mist Seed Pod

Love-in-a-mist bloom

Love-in-a-mist bloom

Looks predatory: he's welcome to stay!

Looks predatory: he’s welcome to stay!

"Atlantic Giant" pumpkin plants are getting big! The leaves are like umbrellas for Baby!

“Atlantic Giant” pumpkin plants are getting big! The leaves are like umbrellas for Baby!

Dexie and Baby exploring the garden

Dexie and Baby exploring the garden

Taken at one of the Spy's games this past week

Taken at one of the Spy’s games this past week

Pretty Summer Landscape (near Spy Garden)

Pretty Summer Landscape (near Spy Garden)

First Lavender Blossom

First Lavender Blossom

Butterfly and Thyme

Butterfly and Thyme

So long sucker!

So long sucker!

“Suckering” tomato plants is when you remove the branch growing in the crook between a leaf and the stalk.

Eggplant Blossom

Eggplant Blossom

Dexie's Best Friend

Dexie’s Best Friend

Playing?

Playing?

...or is it destroying?!

…or is it destroying?!

Raining outside, painting inside

Raining outside, painting inside

Little Paintings

Little Paintings

Many of the plants are now taller than Baby.

Many of the plants are now taller than Baby.

Spy Garden Backyard

Spy Garden Backyard (looking down towards the firepit)

Mowing the lawn!

Mowing the lawn!

Kale Chips

Kale Chip

The Spy loves kale chips and one of the things that often leads people (in internet world) to Spy Garden is this Russian Red/Ragged Jack kale chip post (that someone “pinned” on Pinterest). So here’s another kale chip recipe, with a different variety of kale: Tronchuda.

He likes them so much he wanted to design our own bag for them!

He likes them so much he wanted to design our own bag for them!

(That drawing at the bottom is the shapes of the garden plots: not including the teepee area or the new pumpkin patch)

Spy Garden Kale Chips

Spy Garden Kale Chips

Yummy!

Yummy!

They are so easy to make. Toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, spread out on a sheet and bake on 200 or less for 20 minutes or so until they are dried out and crispy.

Tronchuda Kale Chip

Tronchuda Kale Chip

Sochi in Spy Garden

A few days ago I had that first feeling of “I’ve had enough of winter.” I deign to acknowledge such a thought because: it is important to appreciate each season/each moment, complaining about the weather is entirely futile AND because we only have a few (maybe four?) weeks to go. The excitement of the winter Olympics has provided just enough “winter is awesome” vibes that today I am able to reframe my “I’m sick of winter” thought to: “I’ll pretend I’m in Russia.”

Я хотел бы предложить некоторые фотографии.

Я хотел бы предложить некоторые фотографии.

(I will take some photographs now).

 

Привет! Чемпионат мира - это не для зимнего спорта.

Привет! Чемпионат мира – это не для зимнего спорта.

(Hey! Wrestling isn’t a winter sport.)

Мальчиков фристайл Сувенирная продукция (Boys Freestyle Sledding):

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Собака (dog)

Собака (dog)

Лыжные трассы?

Лыжные трассы?

No! Not ski tracks…

Deer tracks

Deer tracks

Spy Garden is quite hidden from this vantage point in the yard (can you see the top of the trellis?)

Spy Garden is quite hidden from this vantage point in the yard (can you see the top of the trellis and top of the hose holder?)

Another Собака

Another Собака

И магазин сувениров (and a souvenir)…

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Views from the Garden 1.11.14

In and around the garden today. The polar vortex seems a distant memory.

Snow melting in Spy Garden

Snow melting in Spy Garden

Baby and the Spy in the garden

Baby and the Spy in the garden

The Yellow Wonder wild strawberry plants looking quite perky and green even after -9!

The Yellow Wonder wild strawberry plants looking quite perky and green even after -9!

Dexie's getting huge! Spy Garden is just at the top of that little hill on the left side of this picture.

Dexie’s getting huge! Spy Garden is just at the top of that little hill on the left side of this picture.

Big puppy

Big puppy

Gravel in a puddle: very interesting stuff

Gravel in a puddle: very interesting stuff

Baby loves gravel.

Baby loves gravel.

One of my favorite bed-shapes

One of my favorite bed-shapes

Spy Garden has raised beds, but they are not confined to borders of wood or rock, so it is easy to change the shapes of the garden mounds.

Another view of the garden

Another view of the garden

And another.

And another.

Spy Garden backyard (viewed from the top of the Spy's treehouse "Captain Ship") the garden is off to the left (beyond this photo)

Spy Garden backyard (viewed from the top of the Spy’s treehouse “Captain Ship”) the garden is off to the left (beyond this photo)

Slippery mud everywhere!

Slippery mud everywhere!

Baby stylin' in the garden. She has her runway walk down, so no slipping in the mud for her.

Baby stylin’ in the garden. She has her runway walk down, so no slipping in the mud for her.

Though she did eat a fair amount of the cold, damp dirt. I wrote earlier today of finding joy and meaning in cleaning, but my TRUE passion and joy is all about dirt! When the snow melts, there’s plenty of it!

Not today!

Not today!