I love these crunchy little gems in my tossed salad in place of croutons.
They are so easy to make. I used canned beans. Just rinse them and then dry on paper towels as they will not crisp up if wet. Put the beans on a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Dribble a bit of oil over the beans with whatever spices you like. I used salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until they reach the crispness you want. After 15 minutes, I checked them every 5 minutes.
They are also great just to nibble on with a glass of icy Chardonnay (so I am told).
I am really loving this Celosia 'Intenz'. Eagerly waiting for the canna lilies and yellow calla lilies that are also in the 1/2 whiskey barrel to bloom.
This year I combined yellow calla lilies with marigolds and I am enjoying that combo as well.
The container next to the steps has orange Butterfly Weed. It's a perennial that I've had in that same pot for the past 4 years. Each fall I just cut it down and store the pot in my unheated garage. It should be blooming soon.
Where does the time go???
I can't tell you how many times I have returned to this old blog to help me figure out something I wanted to know but could not remember. I decided to make a few posts of my garden this year just so I have them for my own benefit.
I am really enjoying this combination of Ninebark and Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus). Goatsbeard is the one with the feathery plumes of creamy ivory. I planted three of them in 2014. The blooms are not what I expected, but I have grown to really love them in front of the Ninebark. They come back larger every year and require almost no maintenance.
My Ninebark planted by the road has gotten so large that I had to remove all the other shrubs and allow it to take the stage:
Spring in the garden was spectacular this year with a gazillion purple, pink and yellow iris. Unfortunately I only took this one picture.
My Royal Purple smoketree is over a decade old and finally supplying gorgeous reddish-purple height.
This year I planted something new to me - this Celosia Dragon's Breath - in a container planting. I love the bright red color and am waiting for the Tropicanna leaves to do their job to fill out the planting so it doesn't look so lopsided.
I can hardly believe that summer 2015 is gone....I did not even get to enjoy the deck ... not once did I put out the rugs, quilts, or pillows to spend a relaxing weekend at home...
I went out at 9am this morning and took this picture of the two whiskey barrel planters full of yellow daisy-like dahlias and yellow calla lilies. The callas have finished blooming, but you can still see the huge white spotted leaves.
Here are the same planters two hours later;
Everything has been dug out and placed on the back lawn to dry:
It always amazes me that those HUGE calla leaves came from one of those small croms with the white roots!
I left the other two whiskey barrels planted because the Tropicanna Golds are just beginning to throw up their bright orange flowers and I can enjoy them inside from my family room windows.
I like the spotted calla leaves with the striped canna foliage.
One of the new dahlias that I bought from Breck's has put out its first flower:
It's called 'American Dawn'. I am less than happy with this one. It's almost the end of September and I have had only one flower which is full of bug holes...but at least it bloomed. Maybe I will see a better performance with more of a purple center next year.
I am hoping to get at least 3 more weeks from my garage urns and under-the-window garden of pink dahlias.
The Sedum Autumn Joy really brings this garden to life.
SAJ is such a carefree perennial...once planted it takes almost no work.. never needs watering...just a bit of weeding...nothing more...gotta love that!
Last night I made ham and scalloped potatoes for dinner. I took the time to caramelize the onions prior to baking and left the skins on the potatoes, then poured the roux atop:
and baked until the taters were tender and the top was browned:
YUM! The perfect side dish to a brown sugar/mustard-glazed ham.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.