Saturday, May 7, 2011

Garden Fun

I repotted the house plants and used some Klaytivity rejects. This is my favorite, imperfect only because of a hairline fracture.

Tropical Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum capillus-veneris
I love this delicate plant, and only hope I can keep it alive. These ferns grew wild where I went to camp as a child in the sierras of C√≥rdoba, so I could not resist adding it to my plant purchases last Saturday.
Three grandsons were there as mom picked out her choice garden plants. I had so much fun playing with them or I may have come home with more than I could handle. Even so I haven't finished planting everything yet. Of course, rain most of the week has not helped.

I did get some cell phone pics of the boys, but someone had been playing with the photo features and this is what I got.

I love the expressions, but it looks like someone spilled paint on the poor kids.

Zion warmed up to me after a bit and started playing a game where he would walk away, then turn around and run into my arms time and time again. Reminded me of the 'jump hugs' I used to get from his daddy back in the day.

Monday at Chef's we enjoyed a plated meal of salad, chicken, sweet potato and an arepa with house dressing.

Oh, and the garnish--pickled ginger and orange.

Another day this week I made a mean salad of tuna, tomatoes, green onions, red pepper, and corn over a variety of greens from our indoor solarium hanging garden.

I harvested such a range of greens and herbs from only one tray, so tasty when freshly picked.

Thursday I attempted something new--an oil painting class! We practiced different techniques for making different kinds of leaves, buds and flowers until we ran out of space and time. Here's what my first practice canvas looked like.

Spring Swirl
Leaf Sampler
Friday, during one of our few rain-free windows, we went for a tandem ride to MacDonald's (17 miles). I so enjoyed the greening countryside, and conversation with my husband.

Today my friend and I celebrated her 80th birthday by walking to her favorite little restaurant for brunch. We were a sight, especially after half an hour in drizzling rain--an unusual threesome.  

Viola and Patches
Tomorrow should be fun celebrating Mother's Day with our almost ninety-year-old mother and seeing Ivan and Kim again!


sara said...

I am just plain "death" to potted plants..I can't keep them alive for anything!!!

I am so excited you get to see Kim and Ivan. I was wondering if they made it back safe!!!


What a fun week you had. Happy MOther's Day to you and your nearly 90 year old mother.

The Bug said...

I am not allowed to be in charge of any house plants - that's Dr. M's area of expertise. :)

Love the "paint" picture - too cute. And those salads look great!

Hope you're having a fabulous Mother's Day.

momma frans said...

I'm with Sara--I have a brown thumb!
the picture of the boys is cute, but I'm glad you explained. it does look like they have green paint on their face!

The Cyber Hermit said...

Love arepas :).

And the boys' pictures are so cute. Especially the B&W one. Really like just the total joy.

RaD said...

Nope, I can't keep plants alive either. Glad to see I'm not the only one on here that has that issue.

Happy Mother's Day!

Lori @ The Davidson Den said...

Ha! My oldest adores playing with photo effects.

I LOVE the Maidenhair fern! I'm like Sara, though. It would be a death sentence to the poor thing if it came to live with me.

What beautiful, colorful food this week! Yum!!

Happy Belated Mother's Day!!