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Sunday, June 1, 2014

the last week of May




Fiddleheads to eat and some are frozen for later on.



The last week of May was filled with many good things.  The good things are fiddleheads (above), rhubarb, the first thunderstorm of the season.....complete with hail and a rainbow, several sunny and warm days, some gardening and flower planting and, fence  building.

The rhubarb patch grew so fast.

The blossom of the rhubarb is rather unique and needs to be cut off so the rest of the plant will grow.

I cut enough to make a rhubarb crumble and a stew.  Still lots left!


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On Monday at suppertime after a rather warm sunny afternoon the skies got really dark and thunder rumbled.  A storm watch was on and we were in the path.

The wind whipped up and it started with hail for just a few seconds then the rains came.

Boy, did it every pour!  The water flowed everywhere.

And then the sun came out in the west and a beautiful rainbow arched over the valley as the storm clouds moved down the river.
Amazing!

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Last night we finished the section of fence connecting with our neighbours on the right and Saturday morning we built the corner fence on the left corner of the property in the above photos.  I love it!  And we are so thankful that our neighbours gave us the extra cedar rails they didn't want.   Now, I just need to figure out what to plant in the corners.

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The geranium is called Rocky Mountain Royal Red.  I thought it appropriate as our daughter and her family live near the Rockies.  Isn't it a beautiful colour?   It's almost fluorescent. 

I got some of my containers planted up on Monday but had to keep them in the garage for a few days as there was a risk of frost at night and it was quite cold in the day as well.

Now I just need to buy some hanging baskets and maybe plants to fill a couple more containers for the back deck when it's complete.

So it was a busy week to end the month of May but we got a few things accomplished around the property.    I just wish I had more energy and my body is so sore from bending and squatting and lifting and digging.  Oh my.  I'm getting too old for this!  

The weather has been gorgeous since Thursday with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the low 20's (70'sF).  Perfect summer weather.  I hope it lasts for 4 more months!

And it's now June!  Happy June everyone!

Have a wonderful week.

Blessings,
Pam

38 comments:

  1. Lovely photos.. That storm was something else, eh? Happy June, dear friend.. xo

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  2. What a storm! Beautiful rainbow following though. Can I ask what Fiddleheads are? I'm intrigued :-) xx

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  3. I have never even heard of fiddle heads nor can guess what they taste like or how you serve them. We also had a huge storm this week … got lots of rain to water our grass and garden!

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  4. the fence and corners looks great! i love rhubarb. used to help my mom cube it up to make sauce. would take a bite of raw now and then just to make myself wince. :)

    jealous of your rain! :)

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  5. What a busy productive week! Love your fence and can't wait to see what you plant there. The rainbow is beautiful.
    We had about a week of that gorgeous 70 degree weather and then it went straight to summer with 80's close to 90 and high humidity. So I had to close the windows and turn on the air. We had a nice rain overnight.
    Pam, I have a little child''s chair that I sit on when I'm planting or weeding in the garden. It is so much easier on my back
    Have a good week!

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  6. The beer fairy loves to cook rhubarb so we often have it, I like it cooked with apple.
    That was a lot of rain.
    Merle...............

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  7. Hi Pam - nice post! Loved seeing your line-up of photos. The wood fencing is really neat, but that Rainbow stole the show!

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  8. Happy June. I am so happy that summer is here. I love rhubarb. My mom used to make the best rhubarb pie. xo Laura

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  9. Loved your photos . . . I have heard of Fiddleheads but the first time seeing them. My son in law hunts for mushrooms. I will send your post on for him to see what they look like too.
    Blue sky and a rainbow is a real treat . . .
    Rest those sore muscles . . . so you can build up some energy to go back out and do some more gardening!

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  10. Do you have your secret place for finding fiddleheads? My mother never did reveal hers! No joke. Course, I am not their biggest fan. Stunning photo of that rainbow!

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  11. I think it's almost 27 out there in the shade...no frost for us tonight, lol. A few weeks ago it was over 30 some days....

    Love your fence, are you going to be planting any vines, or climbing roses on it, that would look so pretty.

    Your Rhubarb is amazing, it looks very happy, what's your secret? I have a smaller plant that is recovering from being planted under the Fir trees, and is much larger this year, but I hate to pick any, it's so pretty.

    Good old thunderstorms, we had a hail storm, and I rushed out to save my Hostas with garden umbrellas, every year it seems they get damaged, and it's a shame.

    jen

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  12. Nice to see so much green! Love that rainbow! I have yet to see one this spring.

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  13. It looks as though we shared a hail storm Pamela. It hit so quickly here I was kind of caught off guard. I was worried about my garden but all seems well.
    I love your corner fence. I think that is a good and smart idea.
    I planted a rhubarb plant last fall from a plant that I was given. I read that I should only cut a few pieces this year so that it grows strongly next year. Do you think that is correct?

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  14. Been enjoying lots of rhubarb here too. And that's a beautiful rainbow.

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  15. So glad everything is in the green in your world.

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  16. It's been ages since I've eaten fiddleheads. Your photo of the rainbow is lovely, and I like that fence!

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  17. I love rhubarb too. I haven't seen any in the stores yet. I am not sure what a fiddlehead is. I am off to google it.

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  18. Happy June, Pamela!
    Tim is already talking about a rhubarb pie!
    Ours has a ways to go yet....
    I love the pretty potted flower combinations you chose too.
    And now that it's raining you have a great excuse for taking it easy now!

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  19. I am going to make a rhubarb crisp tomorrow too, love rhubarb!

    Had fiddleheads a couple of times this season, so good, now it's on to Ontario asparagus ,

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  20. Wow - amazing rain and hail - the garden plot looks like it got a good soaking. Love the flowers and that rainbow is incredible. Happy June.

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  21. I do like the rhubarb season! That was quite a storm, but what a beautiful rainbow afterwards.

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  22. I can't believe you're still having a risk of frost - impetuous weather! I've already picked rhubarb and stewed it, my favourite with some yogurt on top.
    I have an idea for one corner and will send you a photo by email. We're to get a thunderstorm today and tomorrow so I better button down the hatches!

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  23. LOVELY weather! Rhubarb crumble sounds delicious!

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  24. It's so beautiful there Pamela. The rhubarb looks amazing - I love it for crumbles and stewed. The fiddlehead ferns are so pretty, I've yet to ever eat any! Do you actually grow them in a garden area or find them in the wild?

    Happy week, I'm off tomorrow evening across the pond - thanks so much for all your good wishes for this trip. I'm excited and looking forward to seeing new countries as aways.

    Hugs - Mary

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  25. Wonderful photos, Pamela! Our rhubarb is behind this year and none in the stores yet. I've been hankering for some rhubarb crumble and wanted to make some for my tea this week. Maybe next week. I LOVE fiddleheads and haven't had them in ages. We don't have them here unfortunately. Sometimes my aunt will bring me some if she's coming over. We're finally getting some summer weather too. Yay!! Hope you have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  26. Pamela, I have never seen or heard of a fiddlehead before...what are they... and how do you prepare them? I love rhubarb and used to eat the stalks dipped in the sugar bowl when I was a little girl....my mom always made strawberry rhubarb pie or cobbler...oh so delish! Beautiful photos of the rainbow and your lovely flowers too!

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  27. You have been very busy, Pamela and have accomplished a lot. Do fiddleheads freeze well? What do you do with them after thawing? Are they mushy? Love the corner fence with the cedar rails. Good neighbours are wonderful. Beautiful photos!

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  28. It looks as though everything is very busy coming to life in your garden! Your containers are very pretty indeed. xx

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  29. Hi Pam, I am behind again. Yesterday was my birthday so I was not checking my computer . Your post is lovely. Beautiful pictures and there are those fiddleheads like Faye has. someday, somehow...I am going to try them! I think we would like them. Your rhubarb is gorgeous. I have two 2 year old plants and I picked enough for 4 cups. I hope they produce more than that.! Your geraniums are beautiful and I really like the split rail fence. I can imagine how wonderful it looks! We have had the best weather here. Jim just finished his veggie garden yesterday morning. It is twice the size over last year. Today we finished planting a couple of perennials...and I say that is enough. Every year, I have so many flowers so this year I cut way back and I think it was the right thing to do. Thanks for the great pictures. I hope you continue to have sunny days!

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  30. Well...that was quite a rain storm!
    And that rainbow.....beautiful!
    Enjoy your week Pam...hope all is well
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  31. These veggies look so beautiful...and I have never even had them in life! Btw beautiful shots...

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  32. i enjoy the rainbow. i am glad you talked about "fiddlesticks" oops i mean "fiddleheads" ... close enough. ha. ha!!!! .. we saw that sign when in Canada & it had us so curious. do they taste like lettuce or? curiosity really does kill the cat ... hope you are having a great beginning to this June. time is flying. my Grandma Mary made Rubrub pies all the time. it has been years though. what do you use that for? cooking? ( :

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  33. I am intrigued by those fiddleheads. It looks like they would have to be washed well as little creatures may find it easy to hide in that curl. Having never had them, I'm trying to imagine what they taste like.
    Wow to that huge rhubarb harvest. I didn't realize that they bloom. How interesting.
    Your rainbow photo is spectacular. So pretty with the dark skies and bright spring green of the lawn and trees.

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  34. Looks like your summer is coming along. I've never had Fiddleheads. Need to put them on my list.

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  35. We've finally hit summer weather too. Very pleasant down here. I love fiddleheads and usually buy them every spring but haven't seen them here yet. Wonder if I missed them. And I have to get some rhubarb this week. I make Greg a strawberry rhubarb pie for his birthday every year and it just happens to be on Friday. I had better start planning my week.

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  36. I just love that cedar rail fence Pamela. My husband still regrets not purchasing some when they were available from old hop yards. I love a good storm! Your rainbow is just beautiful..

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  37. What an absolutely beautiful rainbow picture. Pamela!

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  38. Loved seeing all the changes going on with the landscape and garden. And it looks like you hav been getting some "stormy weather" photo practice sessions in, lol!

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