A few years ago I blogged about my mother-in-law’s beautiful garden. We don’t get to Delaware every year and it’s always a treat to get out of the car after our long journey and step into the garden. It’s interesting and whimsical and fun!
The larkspur adds pops of color everywhere.
The shagbark hickory tree has grown and become the focal point in the last few years…
with good reason.
Elephant’s ear winters over in Delaware, imagine that?
I love this little clay birdhouse/feeder and I’m wondering what that tall plant to the left might be?
Looking out toward the back yard…
Michael’s mom is an avid garage sale and thrift shop hunter so the ornaments are always changing.
The hear no evil statue is a new addition. I thought it was funny that Michael just gave me a similar statue a few weeks ago.
This guy continues to keep watch from the deck.
He has help now.
I think they’ve got it covered.
It was a fun visit in a beautiful place. I hope we return soon!
So today was the day. It was time to make the jam!
I looked at the containers of fresh raspberries from the garden and decided that I was going to make delicious jam and can it to enjoy all winter. We mashed the berries, strained out all of the seeds, then cooked the mixture on the stove with sugar. I sterilized eight jars in the dishwasher just before I cooked the raspberries. It looked great and was starting to jell so I took it off the burner and poured it into the jar(s). Guess what happened?
I can cook or bake almost anything but I just can’t make jam. Or maybe I just can’t make enough jam, or jam that’s soft and delicious and makes toast taste perfect.
I put the full jar into the boiling water bath for ten minutes. I don’t think the lid popped so I put it in the fridge.
I’m going to try to spend some time reading and watching videos and picking my canning friends’ brains.
One of the problems I have with canning is that everything I read or watch is different from the last thing I read or watched. I get dizzy trying to figure out which technique will work the best. Which pot or pressure cooker to use? What to put on the bottom of the pot, or not? What size jars to use? How long to cook the preserve? Whether or not to use the fancy jar grabber that I bought a few years ago or should I just use tongs? There are a lot of heavy decisions in this canning business.
Time for bed.
I left the six unused jars on the counter so that their ready to go back into the dishwasher, along with the box of pectin, the jar mover tool, the lids and seals and my canning book. I’m still hoping that this might be my breakthrough canning year kind of like it was my breakthrough seed starting year.
Starting seeds is more fun than canning, even if they don’t make it.
Are you canning anything? Feel free to leave a link to your posts about your canning experience right in the comments.
You will become an official member of the Michele Parr canning turnaround team!
Thanks for listening!
Hello, hello, hello! We just got back last night from an eight day, multi-state. twenty hour or so car trip to see our families. I fully intended to blog along the way but my internet access came and went (mostly went) and our stops at each place were relatively short so I took photos with the hope that I’ll share a few of them here in the next few weeks. Anyway, it’s GBBD which is a great way to jump back in to the blogosphere and say hi! Here’s what we came home to last night:
Black-eyed susan/rudbeckia, just beginning to bloom
I’m not sure about this, it’s almost invasive in a beautiful way
Pansies and verbena in the chicken coop window box
The beginning of the liatris
I seem to have lots of tall blooms that would be pretty in a vase…
Be sure to check out May Dreams Gardens for all of the other GBBD posts!!
I hope your all well and I can’t wait to catch up on all of my favorite blogs!
I’ve had tons of hits over the past few days from people looking for information about the Horribles Parade, so here it is, along with our walk through the neighborhood after. Those Willows residents know how to celebrate! The parade was delayed a day because of Hurricane Arthur’s track up the coast but today was absolutely beautiful. If we ever leave our spot up here “on the hill” we’re moving to the Willows!
Good Morning and Happy July!
We left for a camping trip last Thursday (our last day of school was Wednesday) and came back to the work, garden, home and the new summer routine first thing Monday morning. I’m trying to get everyone settled in and caught up so I’ve been quite absent from The Salem Garden. Sometimes I wish I just had a few hours a day to garden and blog, but, that’s not the deal. Things are looking pretty good out in the garden anyway!
This statue is a recent gift from Michael. I saw it in a shop downtown and liked it so he traded some chairs that were taking up lots of garage space for it. That’s scarlet runner bean ready to climb up the pole and decorate. I’m not sure that I agree with the “have no fun” ending to this saying, especially in terms of the speaking part, but I think it’s cute.
Zucchini are cooking… well, not cooking but growing. Last week I saw the beginning of the squash borer infestation and I buried the stem at the base of the plant immediately. I’m keeping an eye out for more but so far so good.
I bought cauliflower seedlings at the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School plant sale. Remember my cauliflower fiasco last year? Click here to read about it if your feeling brave. These plants were so cute and for a good cause so here we go again…
That’s how things are in a yard full of kids, chickens and chaos…
Time to get to work!
How’s your garden growing?
Lots of love,