That’s pretty much been every day this past week.
The backyard grass is slowly turning from crunchy gold to soft green and every inch of our little garden plot is at it’s limit (maybe even a little over) with seeds of promise.
Spring has definitely sprung.
And here is the official list of garden plants for the spring:
mandarin tree on the porch
Shallots, garlic, onions, spinach, chard, arugula, mesclun mix, 12 assorted tomatoes (lots of heirloom varieties), 5 assorted peppers (red, orange, green bell, jalapeno, habanero), 3 belstar broccoli, 2 eggplant, green beans, sugar snap peas, radishes, pumpkins, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, cantaloupe, corn, carrots, 3 blueberry bushes, 2 strawberries, assorted cutting herbs, cutting flowers including sunflowers, zinnia, calendula, lavender, echinacea and ranunculus and 3 different patio citrus trees (meyer lemon, mexican lime, mandarin orange). Whew! I’d love to do some okra too, maybe we will be able to find a starter later on because I didn’t start any of our own seeds this spring. Everything that wasn’t a nursery purchased transplant was directly sown into the garden. We are seeing a few little green sprouts so far and it is definitely exciting. After all the work we did amending and tilling the soil this past month, I am hoping for great summer bounty.
Actually, we even had our first “harvest” today. A single little strawberry, ripe for the picking.
Asher was so excited, the strawberries were his choice and the one plant out there that he insists on watering faithfully. He picked it, brought it in and after a quick rinse ate the little berry with big pride.
Speaking of this strawberry growing character reminds me (as if I could forget)…
he has a birthday coming up. In two days to be exact, my baby will turn four. Four! We are celebrating tomorrow and I when asked him what he wanted to do for his party, he said he wanted a rainbow cake, a craft project with his friends and all of his favorite things. “You got it baby”, I told him.
So we’ve planned a party at his favorite park, with a picture frame craft project, pirates booty and gourmet jelly beans for snack, and every flavor of Izzy soda to drink.
And of course, we will have rainbow cake.
I actually spent all day today party baking and I have to say, this cake will be my crowning achievement of baking projects so far (probably even over this one).
The rainbow cake. Homemade white buttercream icing is already whipped up and waiting to cover that bad boy tomorrow before party time. I didn’t realize quite how tall this little beauty would stack up to be, so I had also baked 24 rainbow cupcakes.
Hope everyone tomorrow is really hungry for cake.
The only big thing we did indoors this week was a painting extravaganza. I was pre-painting all of the frames to be decorated tomorrow in order to avoid acrylic paint mess out at the park. Asher was the one who carefully selected each color this week while we were party-craft shopping and I love, love, love his choices.
I think I am just slightly drunk on this new spring palette of color, but I am loving this “rainbow” theme he has going in his little mind for this year’s birthday.
Miss Amelia and her personal masterpieces of the day (to keep her busy while I painted party frames).
And of course she went straight to the bath after that project.
So anyhow, I think we are all ready to party tomorrow!
Stay tuned Monday (Asher’s real birthday) for some party pics and most likely a sappy post about how I can’t believe four years have passed since my first baby was placed in my new mama arms.
Seriously. Can hardly believe it.