Sunday Musings: Making, Flowers and Reading

“The birds have been singing to-day

And saying: “The spring is near!

The sun is as warm as in May,

And the deep blue heavens are clear.”

In February by John Addington Symonds

I felt the first lines of the poem above was so appropriate for today. We have been a little warmer than usual the last few days here in Phoenix, the birds are singing, the sky is the most beautiful shade of blue and we are in the high 70’s. I love it!

My morning has been busy with making things for the week ahead and potting flowers. I made homemade bourbon vanilla this morning and can’t wait to use it for baking. I will need to be patient as it will take at least 9 months to a year (optimal time is one year to develop a rich full-bodied vanilla). I purchased Heart & Harvest Grade A Madagascar Vanilla Beans off Amazon and was really pleased with the quality.

Vanilla Panifolia … It may surprise you to learn that vanilla bean pods come from an orchid(which already sounds expensive). In fact, the vanilla orchid (Vanilla planifolia) is the only orchid that produces an edible fruit.

Fine Gardening

A few of our plants are blooming, which makes me quite happy and hopeful that we will have hummingbird visits. The last photo on the right is newly potted calendula, which I know will need to be separated eventually as they get pretty good size but I bought them in six packs and did not have pots available, other than these. Our tomatoes and peppers are starting to grow, as well as the herbs, lettuce and onions. The first strawberries have been picked and there are more that are growing. I am hoping to keep our strawberries going for as long as I can, which should be until June (fingers crossed).

Beginnings of an apothecary cabinet

I have started my apothecary cabinet, which you might not be able to see, but in it two rows deep with jars filled with dried herbs and flowers. I have more coming and yesterday was fortunate enough to find more jars for storage. Jars are becoming quite scarce in my area, not sure if its due to canning or storage, or if companies simply cannot get them in due to shipping issues. I have more books arriving, which means I have more reading ahead.

I’ve made good progress reading Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah, the second book in her Hercule Poirot series. I am really enjoying this book, and truly like how she portrays Hercule Poirot. I think this afternoon will be a great time to sit outside and read.

What are you doing today ?

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