Blossoms, Beans & Baby Birdies

First off… is this not the CUTEST baby bird you’ve seen? 

Our Oriole family has been coming together to feed, Dad with baby daughter (pictured here) and sometimes Mom with baby son.  We have at last 3 adult males.. not sure how many females, the males I’ve been able to distinguish by their markings.  

Today Guilermo, with myself assisting, got the strings up for our growing beans.  I cannot tell you HOW excited I am for this.

As per my last post, I’ve been wanting to build my own “bean fort” for decades.. just like my Dad did.   The seedlings are doing well, and we look forward to watching them climb the Jute strings up to the pergola. 


We buried the base board behind the beans, between the beans & the deck once we had all the strings evenly taut.  This is on the East side of the house, but we’re fairly confident they’ll get enough sun to grow and climb… they’ve already climbed considerably in the last few days, reaching for strings/poles not yet present.  I look forward to the big bumble bees and hummingbirds that will come to the bean blossoms in a few weeks.

My mom and I went on a “date” this morning, first time I’ve taken her to a store since she fell quite ill with pneumonia in early January.  We masked up and went to our favourite Dutch store to pick up some groceries and treats.  Afterwards we went for a nice drive on back roads and ended up at Creekside Greenhouses on Fairlane Road in Jordan, ON.


They had a fabulous plant sale, and mom bought me 2 of these gorgous “million bell” hanging baskets.. $5 each!!   We both also bought ourselves a front porch planted basket of geraniums with trailing plants.  ($10 each!)  



Around the garden many plants are blooming, promising of future seeds or yummy vegetables.. like this Eggplant, that has more blossoms than I can count.. wondering if I need to thin it?  Maybe I’ll wait to see which blossoms produce fruit first, then thin possibly..


I did a major thinning/harvest of our kale a few days ago, and put all the kale stalks that were going “to seed”  in a large vase on the deck.


that day we had Grilled kale with chicken drumsticks & sweet potato for dinner, and a big yummy kale salad  with chicken,broccoli, cooked squash, chick peas and strawberries for lunch.

I’ve also been making more Kale chips, and processing kale for omelettes and soups/salads. 

The Kale flowers in the vase have come out bright & beautiful in the last few days.   I hope to harvest some seeds from the bouquet to plant this Fall.


One last walk around to the front, and you’ll find our Kwanzan Cherry gave up it’s blossoms during this past week’s heatwave. (last week of May, 4 days straight of mid-30’s temps each day) 


and to the back again, behind the new deck, Guillermo built a cedar mulch walkway between the deck and the remaining peony hedge (we gave away about half of our 40+ foot hedge last year when the new patio & raised garden were built) , which is currently standing over 4′ tall – getting ready for an early bloom in spite of the very long cool Spring.


I think Spring blossoms are my favourite.. the promise of more.  


Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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  1. Love it!, your flowers are beautiful, the birds really cute and your climbing bean strings remind me of Grandma Marr and Aunt Margaret. They always had what they called “pole beans” and made lean-tos with long poles on which the beans climbed. Bill may remember them. Seems to me that he and Jon and friends would sometimes try to play in them – sort of like little teepees. Glad your gardens are doing so well. Blessings till we see you again. Mom&Dad

    Sent from my iPad


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