Wildlife Wednesday – American GoldFinches




American GoldFinches

Wishing you all a pleasant rest of the week.

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Wildlife Wednesday – Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

I saw this beauty feeding on my basil.It’s so fast that I got only a few photos and one super short video.

Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth
taking off after feeding on my basil.


Wishing you all a beautiful Wednesday!

Related Post:
Snowberry Clear Wing Hummingbird Moth

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edited 8-3-2017
I fixed the word ‘Snowberry’.
I misspelled it on the video, the photos & this post.
I apologize for my mistake & any confusion I may have caused.
 

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1st harvest 2017 & potato bucket update

I’m happy to finally have our first harvest. I pulled some green onions and cut some chard. It was fun and I wish I had more veggies ready to harvest.

I cut some sweet basil. I forgot to get a photo of the cut basil, but here’s one of it still on the plant.

I put the chard in the refrigerator for future use. I used the onions and fresh cut sweet basil in Bruschetta. Then I made some Bruschetta toasties for supper. The toasties was really good and a nice something different. I had quite a bit of Bruschetta leftover for later.

One of the potato plants has broken the soil. It looks like a wee green rose nestled down in the potato bucket. I had trouble getting a good photo, but I wanted to post it anyway. Perhaps this wee green rose is the start of a bucket full of potatoes. I hope I hope.It looks as if our little garden is off to a good start. Hopefully we’ll get more harvest and maybe even have some produce to store for winter.

Happy gardening!

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Time to bring the herbs in

Our area finally got a break on the hot weather. It’s been quite cool here during the night and really nice during the day. I decided it was time to bring my herbs in the house.
20160929_060609I put the netting back on my rosemary a couple weeks ago. I’ve kept it trimmed and it’s grown thick and pretty. So far there hasn’t been any critters appear on it. I’m going to keep the netting on it for a quite a while just to be sure.

p1070459Since my basil is in 5 gallon buckets and way too large to bring in the house, A month ago, I started a few basil plant from cuttings. I want to try and grow basil indoors during the winter. The basil rooted really easily in about a week. When I transplanted them, I made nettings for their pots and kept them covered.
They look pretty neat in my kitchen window. My husband made me a wider window shelf just so I could set the herbs there. He’s a such a good fellow about helping me with stuff like that.

I hope my herbs live and grow here in the house. I plan to take them outside when the temps are warm enough and then bring them in at night.

I’ve been sidetracked this week, I’ll be around catching up on my blog visiting.

I hope you all are enjoying pleasant temps and having a pleasant week.

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Easy Basil & Tomato Cream Cheese Spread

P1040896In the foodie gift that I received for Mothers Day, it had a couple packs of herbed cheeses. We really enjoyed the tomato and basil cheese. We haven’t tried the other yet. I liked the tomato and basil cheese so much that I decided to make some.

I went in search of a recipe. The recipes were either too overdone with oodles of ingredients or made too large amounts for my small family. As usual I ended up making up my own recipe. The recipes gave me a good idea what ingredients to use. I decided on using just 3 ingredients.

My husband really enjoyed my homemade spread. It’s so easy to make. I plan to use this simple recipe as a spring board and add some other ingredients with it to make some other spreads and dips.

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Basil & Tomato Cream Cheese Spread

8 oz. softened cream cheese
2/3 cup chopped fresh tomatoes or chopped sun dried tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (or 2 tbsp dried basil)
1/4 tsp Mrs. Dash garlic & herb seasoning

In a medium size bowl, use a fork to thoroughly mix all 4 ingredients together.
Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight so the cream cheese can soak up the flavors.

Serve with crackers or chips
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Happy Snacking!

 

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Fine Feathered Banana

pml-2016This collage photo is compliments of my BFF.  This is her parakeet, Banana.
BFF grows herbs for Banana to keep him healthy and happy. Usually she’ll put the herbs in his cage, but the other day she had an idea to put him on a stand next to a basil plant. Oh what a jolly good time Banana had snacking on the plant.

Thank you BFF for sharing your collage of sweet little Banana, he’s is adorable.

Wishing you all a jolly good day.

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Bumblebee, Basil, Carrots, Corn & June Bugs

P1040328I noticed a bumblebee has taken a liking to my basil. I bet if it made honey, it’d be a mighty interesting flavor; sweet basil, cinnamon basil and lemon basil
P1040421My basil grew so tall that I had to transplant them into 5 gallon buckets. It’s interesting how much shorter the lemon basil is than the other two.
The sweet basil and cinnamon basil are my favorite. To me, the Lemon Basil smells like a cheap perfumed dishwashing liquid.
When a breeze crosses my porch the basils wonderful mingled aroma wafts through.

P1040587The mixed color carrots has mostly produced oodles of white carrots. I picked several carrots and had a few of other colors.  The color ones have more of a carroty taste than the white ones. They all have an edge of hot taste like radishes.
*I’m glad we grew and tried them to see what they taste like.
**In my opinion, for the taste, a normal orange carrot is the best bet to grow.
purplecarrotsThe purple carrots were a fun surprise. They’re orange on the inside. I chuckled when I saw it. 😀

P1040531My husband noticed this weird looking ear of corn growing in the top of a tassel with 3 june bugs feeding on it. P1040530There’s several stalks with weird little corn ears growing high up on the stalks. We’ve never seen corn grow like this. The little ears don’t look fit to eat, so we’ll leave them for the critters.P1040532

P1040545We harvested a few ears of sweet corn to have for supper. Homegrown fresh corn on the cob is mighty tasty and a dandy of a way to top off the season.P1040613

P1040569My husband picked a few ears of the ornamental corn for me to take a photo of. The ornamental corn is maturing nicely and the kernels are getting really tough. We grew the ornamental corn mainly for the wildlife, but I plan to use some for crafts and also for decoration.

P1040523My garden is about all gone now. It’s a bittersweet joy to see the end of the season. We’re already planning for next years garden.

P1040582aThis will be the last harvest of such a mixed variety of veggies now that the main parts of the garden are done.
P1040582In the red container is my rosemary that I posted about earlier this season. I stopped using the netting because the wind kept knocking it over. Rosemary does great outdoors and uncovered. I discovered something about this rosemary. It doesn’t grow any larger than the container. I clip it, use it, it grows back to the same size.
My rosemary out in the herb garden has about doubled in size. So maybe rosemary grows to the size or space available.
I think that’s pretty neat.

Happy August 1st everyone. I hope you have a pleasant month filled with some nice cool breezes breaking up the heat of these sweltering days.

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