Sunday, May 11, 2008

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme*

It's still a few days before our average last frost date around here, but Dan and I decided to plant some things anyway. It's too beautiful on this gorgeous Mother's Day and we couldn't resist. The plant sale at church and our visit to Mother Earth Gardens fueled this desire too, so as soon as Jackson was down for a nap today, we hit the dirt.

Dan started to work on the teeny vegetable garden from last year (since we're still debating about the best way to enlarge it...should it be a raised bed? what about those major tree roots that go through that spot? maybe we should just till this section up to plant the greens and start small? questions, questions!).
He found this weirdo, coolio bug/larva/cocoon thing while digging. Anyone have a clue as to what it is? The end of it moved around, so it was very much alive. We just moved it to another part of the yard and half-buried it again. Should we be scared?
I worked on the new strawberry pot that I've always wanted. We chose three types of berries (Junebearing, Ozark Beauty and Itasca). Now we just have to make sure that we get to the fruits before the squirrels and the birds...
(Yep, that's the 7-month pregnant belly. Due date is two months from today!)

We also planted all of these goodies from the plant sale in our various native perennial gardens around the house:
Switchgrass, Junegrass, Spiderwort, Moonbeam Coreopsis, and Prairie Smoke; plus Thyme, Sage, Bee Balm and Basil for the herb garden.

Love having dirt under my nails again. Love playing outside in the sun, even if I am too tired and heavy-feeling to do all the planting myself. Love a lazy Mother's Day spent with my boys whom I love and who love me!

Happy Mother's Day!
(Okay, two out of four. The song has been stuck in my head all afternoon anyway!)


sprite said...

I think your critter is a cicada, which tend to bury themselves in the ground after they're born and then surface once every x number of years to breed.

Lisa Anne said...

Two good days in a row! The wool Fest. looks great and you have a nice selection of plants. Isn't it so funny I dream of small plots of land while several people I know desire more! You look great 7 months pregnant, I wonder what your tattoo is of?

I personally think you should dig up the whole yard!! ("Food not lawns"!)When are you coming over for that cuppa tea?

Guinifer said...

That critter looks like a baby carrot - yuk.
Cute belly and cute pot too!

indieknits said...

You're making me wish I had a garden!!

Kristina said...

I was with you in spirit! I went out and bought hand-dyed yarn from my LYS on Saturday before getting down to business in the garden the rest of the weekend. I hope to be able to find time to post pics of all of it before too long...

On your creature, I immediately thought cicada, too, but I'm not sure from the photo alone.

Happy two months remaining! ;)

Aunt Jenny said...

My internet has been out since much has happened in your week...I am so glad the bread recipe worked for is pretty dependable!! I need to bake more tonight.
I LOVE the yarn you got..especially the stuff in front..just beautiful!!! I finally got some planting outside done on Saturday too...but we are covering things at night here will freeze again tonight for sure...but it feels so good when it warms up!!
You day at the Shepherds harvest fest looks like it was wonderful too!! I am so ready for all the summery festivals to start soon here. Our first nearby one is on Memorial day..Scandanavian festival..then there is one not too far away called Lamb that one!!
Have a great week!!

TinkingBell said...

What a great weekend and such yarny goodness! Love the angora bunny (what bunny?) Happy Mothers day!

Ruth's Place said...

You are looking great. The garden is going to be lovely.