Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Monday, May 28, 2012

the yard and garden

one of the greatest pleasures has to be having a garden of your own.  each day that i am able to walk around my yard and garden, i feel a sense of well being and relaxation. the mulch pathways in the fenced garden provide additional space for potted lettuces, Swiss chard, and tomatoes this year.  growing vegetables in containers allows me the opportunity to move them as the sun moves throughout the day.

the herbs and perennials in this garden provide for a three season garden of interest, with something in bloom spring, summer and fall.
the front yard garden has come together with the spring blush of windflowers and grape hyacinths, followed by forget me nots, and then English bluebells.  as the hosta fill in around the lily of the valley, the garden takes shape for the summer months of shade under large established trees.  a border of lirope surrounds the bed, with small English boxwood for a contrast in leaf textures and shape.

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