Sunday, May 24, 2015

Happy Memorial Day 2015


With the holiday weekend here, we as Americans kick off the start of Summer. 

Let us not forget the many men and women that have served our country strong so we may have the freedoms to enjoy a weekend like this.

We can not forget the sacrifices they made for the cost of freedom. 

And, for our loved ones passed on within families so dear, may we remember with joy happy and memorable times we spent together.

As we fly our flags high this weekend and beyond,
 I wish for you a safe, fun and special Memorial Day.

Celestina Marie

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Herbs on the Potting Bench

Hi Friends,
Happy Weekend!

I love cooking with fresh herbs 
planting my own placed on the potting bench to gather when needed.

Here are a few this season.

Passing through this arch filled with the Trumpet vine~

We come to my Garden Potting Bench.

This is the one I've shared in the past, built by my son for me one Christmas.

Fresh basil always reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen.
The scent just takes me back to such a special time.

Rosemary so fragrant and makes chicken taste divine.

Lavender a must in my garden.

Parsley, perfect for many dishes and so pretty placed in a sprig with a meal.

So ready for a dish a fresh strawberries. See the buds?
I created these herb markers last year and should make one for strawberries.

Spearmint growing big.
 I love adding a leaf or two  to a tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer day.

Now this plant is not on the bench, but it's called,
Scented Geranium.

It doesn't make a flower, but has the scent of citronella.
Having it near outdoor dining and the sitting area
helps with mosquitoes.

It was new to me plant this season and the garden guy told me
if you take a leaf and rub it lightly on your skin it will repeal mosquitoes.
I'll let you know how well it works.

It sure makes a beautiful bush in my Flower Market Bucket.

Have you seen this pretty Scented Geranium in your garden center?

Have a nice weekend and see you soon.

Celestina Marie

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Good Fences, A Return to the Grapevine~

Hi Friends
Welcome to this week's
The Run Around Ranch Report.

Well this is not the pretty sight pink roses were on my last post but~~~

Last week I shared with you a fence mixed with a grapevine
off the side of the road.

Not much to look at ~ and we all questioned if it was alive? 
Would it green up with leaves and vines?

So last weekend we took a drive back over to the fence and here it is 
filled with leaves and vines and growing beautiful.

Seeing it now, tells the rest of the story.
While grapevines can get as big as tree trunks, this one is clearly mixed with a tree.
Not sure what kind of tree.
Maybe an ash tree?
Any ideas?

The arbor is built on the inside part of the property and the vines are
growing nicely over the fence and onto the wood arbor. 

Now the question is, will it produce grapes?
I'll just have to check back throughout the summer.

The story continues.

Thanks for stopping by.
See you soon.