Tuesday, June 23, 2009

How does your garden grow?

big flowers, little flowers

I have somewhere along the line fallen into the habit of unintentionally coordinating Clover's outfits with mine or mine with hers depending on which of us is dressed first. We never totally match, our outfits are just sort of attuned to one another you could say. I swear I'm not doing it consciously though! Anywhoo, just an observation.

As I mentioned previously, I've been loving tiny floral prints. I dream of thrifting some vintage liberty goodness, something along these lines would be just lovely!

Until that happens I'm making do with this cute little Old Navy top I found at the Welfare League Thrift for 2 bucks. I do love the colors in the print and the sweet pintuck detailing.

When I saw the two flowers from
Lauren's swap package sitting on my bedside table, I just knew they needed to join the outfit. They are the exact colors as the flowers in the print, so into the unruly hair* they went! Hey that rhymes :)

Speaking of flowers, how gorgeous is this sunflower that just burst open at the entrance to our little vegetable garden?

Said garden, consisting of a large raised bed with tomatoes, squash, peppers, and beans, and a small bed with more beans and various herbs. It's definitely my favorite spot in our yard right now.

I wish I could take credit for its beauty. While I do help with the choosing of plants and where to put them, Lucas does all the real work and definitely deserves the credit. He is the green thumb in this little family for sure and we're lucky to have him!

The summer squash plants have been growing like crazy. They are getting seriously huge and it's becoming quite obvious that soon we're going to have more scalloped and crook necked summer squash than we know what to do with!

Yesterday evening while Lucas was watering, I collected our first little harvest (see, I help). Aren't they pretty?! Recipe suggestions much appreciated :)

Some of the green beans are starting to produce as well. You can't see it but that's what Clover is munching on in this photo. From the looks of it we'll be enjoying those too!

*The outfit was from a few days ago, the unruly hair has since been cut, stay tuned...


Sal said...

That ON top is really lovely, lady. And way to get Clover hooked on the healthy veggies early!

Mars said...

aw your first photo is broken :/ but i saw it on flickr and i wanted to comment here anyway xD you look lovely, as usual! i'm having a hard time finding/making the perfect cutoffs, but you've renewed my lust for some!

mm, love veggie photos :D! as for the squash, we usually have a million of them from our garden too, so what we do is fry them up in slices with a flour/bread crumb coating and eat them with ketchup :9!

elena-lu said...

i swear she really does steal the show! as it should be though :)
yall look so lovely in your floral prints! im sure you will thrift exactly what you are wanting no doubt!
awesome crop i have mint... yeah thats what i got! yeah its hard when you only have a little patio and evenings to garden ok! :(
one day on day on day one day!!!
if i say blogging long enough i hope i will one day get to show my garden and my beautiful bounty! :)
until then please keep posting on yours! yes!! its lovely to see!
happy tuesday to you!

Thrifted Treasure said...

Matching Mummy and daughter, V. Cute! Not being a girly girl I actually sometimes find myself matching my boys! We were all wearing black and grey stripes the other day. So lovely to have a veggie garden, wish I didn't have such a black thumb!

Mars said...

yay, pic fixed! okay i asked my mom and what she said is simply: dip in beaten eggs, dip in a bit of flour with cornmeal/salt + pepper, fry til golden brown and crispy, dip in ketchup! i'm sure you could come up with many yummy variations/seasonings though!

if you experiment and come up with something better do let me know :D! thank you for the kind words, too!

Eyeliah SS said...

The most adorable mother daughter team!! The matching is so great.

icandy... said...

Just too cool!!! I'm lovin' your blog!! Happy summer!

Quixsa said...

hahahaha!! thank you so much for your comment! You have truly inspired me- I never want to put the effort into making scrumptious goodies. Next time instead of sitting in despair I will take a cue from you go for the essentials of chocolate chips and a jar of Jiff.

jules said...

Both of you look so lovely!

muchlove said...

the tiny floral prints are divine!

Hannah said...

I love the fact that you and Clover semi-match, it's so cute! That's a great floral print, I love the colours. And looking forward to seeing what you've done with your hair! I've just had mine chopped too and I still get a bit of a shock every time I look in the mirror..

Hippie Frou Frou said...

very cute mom and little one outfits! love those cutoffs your sporting, those are a summer time fav of mine! (and everyone else's I suppose)

enjoy your garden presents-they look yummy!

jess s//

Rowena said...

Cute cute! My boy loves the greenbeans and I'm sure he would love picking them off the vine, too. My girl wants nothing to do with vegetables and fruits.:(

But that top is great.

Cheetah Velour said...

Love the mother-daughter outfits!

Your top is just fabulous!

Ashlee said...

sweet floral prints.

and that squash looks delicious!

ambika said...

Wow, what an amazing dress. I saw a shift style Liberty print on Etsy just the other day for less than 20. Couldn't believe it!

polaris said...

Love the florals! Here's a recipe we like for those zucchini that hide until HUGE. (My husband loves anything fried I think.)


I put the salted squash in a big colander and squeeze it by the handfuls. I exchanged chives for the scallions 'cause it was what was growing best. And added garlic & onion powders & oregano to the batter. We tend to eat it with highly seasoned, homemade cocktail sauce with no extra sprinkled salt. I think an asian-inspired sauce would be good too.

yiqin; said...

Your sandals are to die for! & that's a very nice top.

Amey said...

Hello! I love your blog! I've been reading it pretty religiously for two months now and am inspired to start my own soon.
You said you wanted ideas on cooking your summer squash. The squat little guys in the collander look like a type of pattypan. My husband and I were very into these last summer and snatched them up at every produce stand that had them.
He prepares them as follows:

Preheat your oven to about 375.

Slice up the pattypans into thin, potato chip like slices.

Throw slices in a ziplock bag with olive oil, sea saly, pepper and rosemary. Coat the slices by mushing them around awhile in the bag and then transfer them to a foil lined cookie sheet.

Bake 45-60 minutes until slightly golden.

You can sprinkle rosemary on top before baking for pretty. Halfway through cooking, you may want to flip the slices so both sides get a good roasting.

Take care! Hope I helped a bit!


Diana said...

i love this print and your little girl is precious!! look at her blonde hair! sunshine :)