pickles in dish

Early every fall I turn into a farm wife and preserve couple of bushels of tomatoes, baskets of peaches and peppers and garlic.¬†Unlike my mom and grandma, I use the freezer, which is easier and faster than the old ways. I also make Bonnie’s Refrigerator Pickles, my sister-in-law’s yummy recipe, which we can’t be without. Some of the jars become hostess gifts.

Preserving the fruits and vegetables of summer

tomato jam 2

Just like my mom and my grandma, I preserve the harvest, but I use the freezer instead of the water bath method. I do tomatoes many ways, and can’t do without my sister-in-law’s absolutely delicious refrigerator pickles. Continue reading

Plant volunteers: what’s not to love? (Hint: it’s blue)

rufus + daisies

Volunteer plants that seed themselves in your garden are often considered a nuisance, but they offer a lot to love–such as bloom where you never expected it and a welcome cover for bare spots. Continue reading

My ‘Graham Thomas’ rose lives–and blooms! Is this a miracle, or what?

roses in vase

My ‘Graham Thomas’ rose isn’t dead after all. Not only did it finally sprout some new branches and a few leaves, now it’s blooming. The flowers aren’t as big as last year’s, but they look like Mr. Thomas, with cupped flowers in a warm, golden hue. Continue reading