Monday, May 5, 2008

Flight of ideas

Does anyone have any ideas on what kind of tree this is? I have never grown much for flowers except marigolds, sunflowers, and dahlias and that is only because they are hard to kill. John is the green thumb in this family. I am the assistant, picker, and preparer. Don't get me wrong, I love flowers and often have cut flowers throughout the house in the summer. Actually I would like to sell cut flowers at our farm stand this summer and have asked hubby if he could till me up a spot just for planting flowers for that sole purpose. He did a bit of an eye roll but I think he'll do it.

We went to Lowe's today for fencing and we walked out with 2 dwarf apple trees (1 red delicious & 1 yellow ), 20 strawberry plants (so they say it's a small box I've yet to open), and 2 blueberry bushes. I am SO excited and sure we'll be planting tomorrow. We have never grown fruit before only veggies. We had some apple trees that we planted at our old house but we were not there long enough to harvest.

On to another topic ....I am looking for some type of canopy for my farm stand. Any suggestions? I was thinking about getting something like this white one if I can find something similar for a good price. Also below is a a web site I came across when researching farm stand info, which there is not to much of on the world wide web and there are NO books on the topic either. I told John if I was ever to write a book it would be about starting a farm stand and he chuckled and said it is not rocket science. Call me nuts....I just like to research things and learn from others experiences. Back to the web site, neat garden with a free stand to low-income individuals.

Lastly I wanted to share a recipe I came across last year when we harvested our beets. I made it tonight with canned beets, it was still yummy.

Onion Beet Salad

  • 12 whole fresh or canned beets (chopped and if fresh cooked)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1large red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup balsalmic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Mix ingredients together,chill for 2 hours and serve.


goatgirl said...

I believe it is a magnolia. Very pretty.

Anonymous said...

We have several ederly ladies around here that sell cut flowers from stands using the honesty system. It's great for the hubbys to stop by and grab some on the way home;) I say go for it!

Lowes is dangerous this time of year;) It's sunny and nice out to get lots of outdoor projects done. I would love to have all the stuff you mentioned to plant, especially the blueberries:) No blackberries or do you have wild ones?

Your book may just be a huge hit:) You will never know unless you try right? I surely never thought my childrens book would get published, but I was wrong thankfully. Give it a shot;)

Good luck with all your projects!

Anonymous said...

Yummy! Onion beet salad!

I was thinking magnolia, too.

I can't wait to see pictures of your stand!!! Too cool! You should sell fresh-cut flowers too! There is nothing so beautiful as a bouquet of country classics!

Blessings to you,

Katie said...

Just clicked over from Unusual farm chick and had to comment on your tree. It is a Tulip Tree. Magnolia trees bloom when the leaves are already out. Tulip trees bloom before the leaves pop out.
Great blog!