So I decided to try a couple of new plants. A echinacea (cone flower) I had never tried before and hummingbird mint (agastache).
The echinacea is called “Merlot” and the agastache is called “summer glow”.
Both are supposed to clump and be fast growers and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The agastache is supposed to be a terrific companion plant to Nepeta (cat mint), but since it’s a little crowded already where I have clumps of Nepeta, I decided to try these two newbies together in their own spot. They like similar light and so on, and the colors are complimentary.
Overall my garden is doing quite well this summer,with a few hiccups here and there. Right now my Black-eyed Susans and phlox are going aging busters and it has been an awesome year for zinnias!
My hydrangeas are kind of messed up after the brutal winter we had. Some are blooming, but some will not this year I think due to the beating some took with snow and ice.
It has been a great season for roses, but one rose bush got a wicked case of black spot and some kind of mite and dropped leaves like crazy. I cleaned up around the bush, gave it a bit of a prune and new leaves are sprouting.
One plant giving me worry is a new Japanese Maple. I think it is called “fire glow” but I can’t remember. It was going like gang busters and all of a sudden almost overnight it’s leaves all dried up. Not wilted, dried up. I am afraid I didn’t water it right because I do not believe I planted it too deep. I hope it makes it.
Anyway, that’s how my garden is growing. Thanks for stopping by.
Intersection of Chester Springs Rd. and Eagle Farms Rd. (I have a picture of a barn there somewhere.) Apparently this is another fine Toll Brothers project? People say that barn will soon be history, but I don’t know….sigh….sure hope this municipality is staying on top of permits and stuff, right?
This summer I have written a couple of posts about a farm being turned into a development. My first post lamenting the loss of another beautiful Chester County Farm has resulted in some of the family who grew up there sharing memories about the farm.
This morning I learned the name of the farm on White Horse Road. It was Spring Oak Farm.
Here is a snippet more of what was shared to me about the farm today in addition to learning the farm’s name:
I was 8 when we moved to the farm and I always felt grateful to be on the farm and to be in nature as I grew up…..The fences were painted bright white every year….The quarry dust made breathing difficult at times when we lived there…and there was the background noise of the turnpike like a din in waves depending on which way the wind was blowing. As my daughter wrote to you earlier – it was a magical place…..It was also a place of love and hard times and challenges ….How I found you last Sunday – well I was feeling homesick last Sunday and went up to the attic and was rummaging through some things from the farm and came upon a sterling silver box that had G.Q Radnor Hunt Races 1939 engraved on the top of it and on the bottom it had sterling silver marks and the imprint from England. So I began googling my uncle’s name and then my Dad’s name and it was with my Dad’s name that I found your blog…..The dog that the woman wrote about in your blog that used to ride around with my Dad all the time was named Rip. Rip was amazing after my father died in consoling the family…a very smart, happy and tuned in dog who carried a lot of love.
Having memories like this shared with me about something I have written about is simply amazing. And very moving.
I hope by writing these things that in a sense I am assisting in preserving bits and pieces of the very cool history of the county I now call home, Chester County.
Many thanks to the Quigley family for continuing to share their memories.
My final note is this is one of the cool things about writing. For all the cranks who come your way who are miserable because they don’t like something you have written about, you also get these amazing people who are so kind and so gracious and who share additional things about what I have written about. People like the Quigleys make this so worth doing.
Thanks for stopping by today!
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Today I had a very dear friend over for lunch whom I hadn’t seen in forever. One of my favorite people, she is actually a mom of one of my friends. (And I love that my friend will share her on occasion!)
I wanted to do something special so I had a lot of fun playing with Depression Glass today for my table setting. I have collected this stuff over the years at church sales and flea markets and the Smithfield Barn. The cute napkin rings are a bit of vintage fun and came from Garage Sale Chic Chester County which is now part of Home Eclective in Downingtown.)
Anyway I wanted to make a ladies who luncheon kind of lunch, so I did. I started with Kendall’s Gazpacho, and also served my twist on chicken salad and a new potato salad in a mustardy dressing.
And yes….approximate recipes are right here:
Chicken Salad with a Twist
Boil 3 bone in chicken breasts in water and sea salt. ( when cooled, I put the broth in small containers and freeze for later use).
When chicken is cooked, allow to cool. Remove skin and bones from breasts and discard. Next chop up the chicken into bite sized pieces.
Then, chop fine: 1 medium sized or small red onion, 3 stalks of celery hearts, fresh herbs (I used dill, tarragon, basil, Italian flat leaf parsley.)
In a bowl whisk together mayonnaise to taste, olive oil, red wine vinegar, a couple dashes of Garam Masala, salt and pepper. Also add a tablespoon of orange marmalade with any peel minced fine. (For me this was easy because my friend Sara had given me homemade orange marmalade that is not dense so I was able to spoon out a tablespoon of the jelly without the peel. The olive oil and wine vinegar is not so much, about 3 tablespoons each and maybe 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. Whisk together.
Combine all in a bowl and toss in a 1/2 cup of black or white seedless raisins. Mix and chill.
Roasted Potato Salad
Roast 1 1/3 pounds of small or new potatoes in a 400 degree oven with 1 head of garlic whole but topped (drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste) for about 30 minutes give or take a few minutes.
You only want potatoes cooked and firm, not super crunchy and overly brown. I picked potatoes large enough to slice in half, did not peel them, and cooked them in a flat baking pan lined with parchment.
Meanwhile cook 4 oz of pepper coated bacon and crumble.(They have this amazing bacon at Pete’s Produce in Westtown that I used.)
Dice three stalks of celery heart stalks, 3 shallots, and one cucumber peeled and seeded. (Some people are cucumber sensitive so I have taken to scooping out the seeds as some have told me they like that better.)
Chop fine a bunch of fresh herbs- I used tarragon, chives, basil, dill, and Italian flat leaf parsley.
In a small bowl put half of the cloves on the head of roasted garlic minced, grainy mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a little mayonnaise. Whisk it together and add a little salt and pepper to taste.
Combine everything, toss, and refrigerate.