Borage and blooms

I finally got my continuing education credits completed. Whew!! I was freaking out there for a minute when I realized I only had two weeks to get 10 hours in. They usually have a seminar for us procrastinators the last week in May, but not this year. I guess the big guy was feeling a little sorry for me because I found out you can take a CPR class and get four hours. When I checked the calendar I saw they had a class the next day 30 miles from where I lived. While I was on the phone scheduling that class I found out they were having a class the same day 15 minutes away. Once the customer service guy found out it was for work, he waived the two-day in advance sign-up so I took the class that day.

And I hadn’t know it, but you can do an article review where you read articles and answer questions and you get two hours for that. Did you know that chocolate is made from the dried seeds of the pods of the cocoa tree and that the average tree produces only two pounds of dried cocoa beans? It has absolutely nothing to do with my job, but I did two articles and got four more credits. Last night I did an on-line webinar that was worth two or three hours. So, yippy, that’s done. Now if I could just stay off the internet long enough to catch up with my regular work.

Well…I’ll get back to it when I finish this post.

This weekend I found out another quality of borage besides tasting like cucumbers and having pretty flowers that attract bees and butterflies.   It has diuretic properties.  This isn’t something I had read before I questioned why I was running to the bathroom so much this weekend (hope that’s not too much information), but after I sat down and retraced my steps and realized borage consumption was the only variable in an otherwise normal day, I did a little research. 

According to some of the information I have read on Borage, it’s almost a miracle plant.  All parts are edible down to the seeds which are used to make borage oil.  It’s been reputed to do everything from give you courage to cure a hang over.

I can’t wait until the flower stalks start coming up.  In the mean time, here are a few things I’m waiting on in the garden…

The Golden Shower Roses


The regular roses05-27-09 (16)

The regular peonies05-26-09

Some more of the irises…I’ve got bunches scattered around the yard05-27-09 (6)

The tiger lillies…I counted 11 potential blooms on this one

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Finally the strawberries05-27-09 (8)

Happy Gardening!!!

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

I almost missed todays Bloom Day, even though I’ve been waiting over a week hoping these blooms wouldn’t fade.  I guess the relief of getting my taxes filed washed everything out of the memory queue.

Eight weeks old and past ready to be out in the fresh air.


  • Started from seed on 2-15
  • First flowers started opening 4-1
  • Blooms, bud formation, roots almost potbound screaming to be planted out 4-15

Happy Gardening!!!!

Too Tired To Tinker with Tomatoes (or anything else in yard)

At work it’s sometimes feast or famine. Right now it’s feast, and I can’t find too many minutes to get in the yard to do anything. I need to …

  • Repot the peach tree
  • Research how to prune the peach tree
  • Pick the turnip greens
  • Divide some of the hosta
  • Transplant a few of the peony plants
  • Decide where I want to grow strawberries
  • Hit the stores for end of season sales
  • Empty out the compost bin and start new batch
  • Plant tulips
  • Get rid of the weeds in the grass and re-seed bare spots (hope I haven’t waited too late for this one)

Today is the only good weather day for the next four or five days and I still don’t see a minute to play in the dirt.

Here’s a little something, something to tide me over until I can get outside.

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Ahhhh, that was good.

Happy Gardening!!!