I hope everyone has been enjoying the gorgeous weather we've been having lately. I know I have! My beautiful trees are starting to wake up and I'm beyond thrilled.
My favorite bloom so far as been from our baby peach tree. I mean seriously, how pretty are these pink blossoms? And to think, we'll have delicious sweet fruit after this as well ... I'm so excited for our harvest this summer (fingers crossed).
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to our local playground to enjoy this breath of fresh air with our resident Kindergartner.
One of the things I loved most about our "new" home was the size of our yard. It was a baseball field compared to our first house (though it still holds a special place in my heart :), and I knew that I'd try my hand at growing some veggies. Last year was hit or miss so this year we tried the easy guys again, like tomatoes and basil. And let me tell you, my tomatoes were the envy of the street this summer! They grew like weeds and swollen with yummy juicy fruit. Then we decided to take a few back to back trips a few weekends ago ...
So you know what that means, a little watering for the garden babies in the morning and then straight out the door for our adventures! So imagine my surprise when I went to water my tomatoes the other morning and noticed half of the leaves were gone! Did I overwater? Was it too sunny? Was there a blight on mah babies? Upon closer inspection, we found a group or rag-tag trespassers who were gorging on my lovely tomato plants ...
These dirty B's are called tomato hornworms, and if allowed will completely ruin your tomatoes. And yes, they looks like nasty little aliens here but I will testify that they are even uglier and gross in person. Blech!
And heaven help be but they are strong buggers! I had my husband pull them each from the plant (there was no way I was touching them!) and we disposed of them organically as suggested by various online sources (ie. google). What does that mean? You toss them in a cup of soapy water of course!
Thank God we haven't seen anymore trespassers since then because I don't know if my stomach (or tomato plant) can take anymore...
The weather has been gorgeous around here lately and I've been lucky enough to have the prettiest blooms sprouting out around my house.
These beauties were "gifts" from the family that lived here previously and I'm so happy they made some of the selections that they did (with the exception of some of the bushes we took down which were absolute mosquito magnets!).
I'm hoping that this year I'll be able to make more of a dent in our landscaping and brighten up the front of our house and yard. In the meantime, check out this fantastic DIY that I spied through Pinterest that I'd love to make for my front entryway, but I'm guessing it would look just as great out back as well ... Weekend DIY Project: Stacked Planterss For Your Home Sweet Home. Now pardon me while I tell the Mr. we're headed to the Home Depot / neighborhood nursery this weekend to make this happen.