Turtle / Tortoise Time

A lovely turtle/ tortoise
( he was not the usual green sliders that I see that I know are turtles-I'm not sure what he was truly- are you?)
was sunning himself in the road the other day. We didn't want anyone to run over him as dusk was approaching- so we tried to encourage him off the road. He insistently ran the other way. He moved really, really quickly I might add.a The little reascal stopped just inside the drivers side tire under our car! With some careful and persistent encouragement- we got him out and on his way in to the cool grass and off the busy road.

Our Clematis HENRY I bloomed today

Clematis Henry I Hybridized by Isaac Anderson-Henry of Edinburgh, Scotland,
Year of Registration / Introduction: 1870
Bred from C. lanuginosa as the female or seed-bearer and C. 'Fortunei' as the male parent.


The True Fleur De Lis and a Symbol of the Trinity- the Iris

Scentimental Rose

More Clematis Blooming in the Garden

Local Cattle Lying Down Before the Rain


Blue Clematis Blooms

Genovese and Lime Basil

Gumbo Z' Herbes from my Garden for Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday-
so I made a delicious Gumbo Z'Herbes from the greens and herbs in our garden;

"Hummingbird Hill Gumbo Z'Herbes"
1/4 cup of fresh butter from a local dairy,
1 tbs flour
1 vidalia onion choped fine and saute with
a handful of fresh spinach, 3 handfuls of fresh romaine lettuce, 1 handful of fresh tarragon, parsley, thyme, oregano and a little Basil all chopped and ground, then add
2 cups of no salt chicken stock
Black and Red Pepper-
and my personal touch-
1 tbs of cinnamon and 4 fresh French Bay leaves.
Bring to a boil and then reduce on medium for 1 hour-
Chop, grind and strain through a sieve,
serve over Atchafalya basin rice
with a generous dollop of crystal hot sauce!

Space Saving Way to Grow Potatoes


Bees and comb

Bees on the Queen's comb above and fresh comb waiting to be worked below...

The Queens are Here!