Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dinner & a Movie for Saint Patrick's Day

Spotted Dog {recipe below} by Dennis Wilkison

Although not one of the cross quarter days, many Gaelic Polytheists observe Saint Patrick's Day to celebrate Irish culture, whether it would be doing rituals and making offerings, going to a gathering to listen to music, or perhaps getting together with loved ones for a meal featuring traditional Irish recipes. 

While there are quite a few events going on in the city that I now call home, I will be working over that weekend, so besides a small ritual, I think my celebration will be limited to dinner and a movie. Below I will share some suggestions of recipes and movies that I think are quite nifty and encourage others to try.

Recipes


Movies


Lately for background noise I have been really enjoying "fireplace" videos while I am doing house work or cooking in the kitchen. Here is a nice peat fire one filmed Donegal Ireland to put on if you want something different from music or a movie with your dinner:


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Lá fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh/Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone!

Laurel

Friday, March 3, 2017

In the Belly of Garden Planning Madness

Japanese Ghost Fern & Wild Ginger
In my neck of the woods Spring has been teasing us with peaks of her face, and her inevitable emergence is just around the corner. With this, I have been really missing my old garden. I miss every single plant, and just about every single critter that would visit my garden. To distract myself I have been planning a garden for our new home. 

I did not bring any of our outdoor plants with us, however I did bring quite a few containers along, some of my favourite pieces of garden kitsch as well as the stones that were used in our previous outdoor shrine, and of course my seed collection. Otherwise I am starting from scratch. 

One of the things I am going to have to figure out is what other types of containers to get. There are all sorts of options out there, and while I tend to gravitate towards the pretties, they are generally more expensive and not always the most practical option. I am thinking of getting a few storage totes, as I have used them to grow things in before and they hold up. I could always gussy them up with some paint, and this would still make them a more affordable option. Plus, I have seen plans online on how to make them insulated for overwintering perennials, which I am keen to try out. More about that to come in a future post, I am sure.

Our balcony faces North-North East, and while it is sheltered and quite large, I don't think it makes sense to grow vegetables on it. I may grow some greens and will definitely grow some herbs, but what I want to focus on are some of my favourite shrubs and trees, woodland plants and plants that pollinators love.

Meadowsweet, loved by the bees and me.
My old hardiness zone was a 4 a or a 3 b and my new one is a 5 b or a 6 a, so it is quite a bit warmer here. That said, when growing perennials in containers, I really should be focusing on plants that will survive about two zones lower than the one I am in. Thankfully the plants that I am really drawn to fit the bill. 

There is already a small gaggle of seedlings starting on the window sill of our office/craft room including a few different types of columbine, Japanese primrose, Fuji Blue balloon flower, cardinal flower, and foxgloves. But there are many more that I hope to put in our new garden.

Below is a list of all the pretties that I am hoping to cram into our new garden:

Trees & Shrubs
  • Heather
  • Juniper
  • Rowan/Mountain Ash
Annuals
  • Basil
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Cilantro
  • Cosmos
  • Dill
  • Lobelia
  • Nasturtium
  • Poppies
  • Scarlet Runner
  • Mini Sunflowers
Perennials & Biennials
  • Allheal
  • Ballon Flower
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Catnip
  • Columbine
  • Cowslip
  • Creeping Jenny
  • False Solomon's Seal
  • Foxgloves
  • Ferns {various}
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Japanese Primrose
  • Japanese Ghost Fern
  • Lady's Mantle
  • Lemon Balm
  • Liatris
  • Lily-of-the-Valley
  • Lungwort
  • Mayapple
  • Meadowsweet
  • Mints {Peppermint & Spearmint for sure}
  • Mosses {various}
  • Mugwort
  • Perriwinkle
  • Pincushion Flower
  • Sage {Garden}
  • Sea Holly
  • Sedums {Autumn Joy, Hen & Chicks for sure}
  • Sweet Woodruff
  • Thymes {Woolly, Mountain, & Lemon for sure}
  • Turtlehead
  • Wild Ginger
  • Woodland Poppy
  • Wormwood

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If you have any container gardening hints that you would like to share, please feel free!

Sláinte!

Laurel