One of the great joys of keeping a garden journal or garden diary is that it allows you to see how much you've changed over the years. The changes happen with growth and die-back of the plants, but also in your tastes and preferences of plant materials. That's certainly happened to me as I've gotten to know trees and plants and both what works and what doesn't. But also, what is the *right* plant (natives, drought-tolerant) and what might be the *wrong* plant (invasive or short-lived). Take for instance the flowering pear tree. When I started, I was so excited and proud to plant a small, $5 Cleveland Pear tree in our old yard. It thrived . So much so, that I bought even more of them. Little did I know (at the time) that they're both NOT great trees in terms of longevity, but also...if you get the wrong variety...they're invasive. I even went so far as to plant a couple at our new house when we moved. Would I plant those today? I don't think so.
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I have just recently (in the past three-or-so months) started to utilize hot giardiniera on my bar pies. Here's a photo of my "Nice Cups" pepperoni pizza that is half-topped with olive-free hot giardiniera . A funny thing has happened with my ability to handle hot/spicy foods recently - my tolerance has dropped significantly. But, in an interesting coincidence, Nat's tolerance has only grown. So, I've gone from "extra hot peppers" at Potbelly's to "light hot peppers". With that going on, I mostly make my giardiniera pizzas for a crowd and not ones that we eat at home by ourselves, but I still want to take the time to get my utilization dialed in. Here, below, is a photo of the latest tip that I picked up: draining the giardiniera in a colander to remove the excess oil. I mean...the idea is simple and logical. In order to control the top-oil level, the right thing to do is to remove as much of the giardiniera oil as possible. But,
Most of our hostas in the backyard are now looking like this one you see below. It has a blend of seasonal decline (the yellowing) and what I'm pretty sure is frost damage from very early this Spring. We had a late frost - after these. had emerged and while they didn't show this much damage all year long, based on watching Monty Don's Instagram handle, he mentioned 'frost damage' on his hostas. Here, below, is one of our hostas underneath the hornbeams in our backyard: And here, below, is Monty Don's post on Instagram talking about frost damage on his hostas: View this post on Instagram The hostas are dying back - but the damage caused by a frost on May 15th only apparent in the past week or so. I have often observed this very delayed effect. A post shared by Monty Don (@themontydon) on Oct 5, 2020 at 12:00am PDT Seems like the same situation, right? He's calling it a 'delayed effect'.
Back in March, I shared a photo of a set of Night Queen Dahlia tubers that I picked up and planned to put in a container this Spring. This year, I planted two different varieties of Dahlias including these Firebird Semi Cactus Dahlias that I've shared an update on in early June. Above you see a photo of the blooms from the Night Queen variety that I took this week. There are about a dozen or so blooms that have sprung up - some on strong stems - others on thin stems that can't quite handle the weight of these colorful blooms. I posted this same photo earlier this week on my backyard/garden Instagram handle @HornbeamHill . Night queen Dahlia's in bloom. #containergardening A post shared by Hornbeam Hill (@hornbeamhill) on Jul 23, 2018 at 6:36am PDT Nat thinks that we need to have these dahlias in the ground, not in pots next year and that might be right, but I do like having them grace our patio with their beauty, not to mention that our patio ge
Look at me. All over the #PurpleWall at the Magic Kingdom . Just give me a pair of Rose Gold ears and I'd be a hit, right? Also, note that this was taken *right before* t hey updated/changed the #purplewall in Tomorrowland to be a bit more interesting. Old school is the way I roll when it comes to Walt Disney World famous selfie spots.
Do you guys follow Boyfriends of Instagram ? Besides all the pizza nerdery that I follow on (as the kids say...) Insta, my favorite account *has* to be Boyfriends of Instagram . For those of you new to this handle, it is a place where people share images and videos of people forced to take ridiculous instagram photos of their girlfriend/spouse/partner/friend/etc. So, when I came across this weird situation right in front of Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom down at Walt Disney World, I knew that I had witnessed a 'Boyfriends of Instagram' moment myself! Check out what this Dad (I'm assuming??) is doing to get *that* special photo of his daughter in her big, Princess dress. This is taking place up the ramps that are open sometimes, like right in front of the opening that you take to go 'under' the Castle. During a super busy time. You can see all the other people just walking past trying to experience the Castle. All the while....Dad is being a
As found on Instagram: this pie from the Doughroom in LA. Pepperoni, something called 'calabrese chili' (which I think are these ), ricotta and some Mike's Hot Honey. I've been putting Mike's Hot Honey on my sausage/pepperoni pies lately and it is soooo good. Have to believe this is one tasty pie. Last month, I posted about the St. Louie and I'm thinking I might have to try this combination, too.