Thursday, July 9, 2015

Lilies in pots - "Muskadet"

Lily "Muskadet" growing in a pot on the patio. I have found that lilies do quite well in pots and they even bloom in shady locations. It is wise to select varieties that do not get too tall - "Muskadet" is only about 2 feet tall. I have had this one for years. I just put it in our unheated basement during the winter where it goes dormant. 

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Early morning wet garden

I took these photos on Sunday morning following the fourth of July. We got tons of rain on Friday and spotty showers on Saturday. The garden really greened up as a result. Hopefully you can't see the weeds in the photos. I was hoping to get some work done in the garden on Friday and woke up to the rain. It is hard for me to keep it up this time of year - I hate the heat and the humidity and the mosquitoes (although they really don't bite me) are awful this year.


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Frozen Lemonade Pie

As much as we needed the rain, I was bummed out that it came on Friday and today. I had tons of work to do in the garden and got very little accomplished. Couldn't the rain have waited until tomorrow?

I made Michael one of his all-time favorite desserts - Frozen Lemonade Pie. It is one of the easiest things in the world to make. We embellished it a few years ago and added more graham cracker crumbs.

Frozen Lemonade Pie

(Makes 2 pies)

3 Graham Cracker Crusts
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk (chilled)
8 oz. Cool Whip (thawed)
12 oz. frozen lemonade (unthawed)

Fold the condensed milk and Cool Whip together. Add the frozen lemonade and gently fold.

Crush one of the pie crusts and stir the crumbs into the mixture.

Pour into the two remaining pie shells and freeze the pies for 6 hours or more until set. Store in freezer.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Lily 'Caravan" and "Silk Road"

The lilies are beginning to bloom. I think they are spectacular plants. They struggle to reach for the sun in our garden and the stalks aways flop over and have to be staked, otherwise the beautiful flowers end up nodding towards the ground. This is one of my favorites - "Caravan" - which I purchased many years ago from The Lily Garden in Vancouver, Washington.

Another good one is "Silk Road" (pictured below).

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy