Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May Meanderings

What beautiful summer-like weather we've been having lately. It is hard to stay inside the house when the sun and warmth finally arrive. After working outside in the heat, I made some rhubarb punch to refresh us with supper.

2 cups finely chopped rhubarb
4 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup ginger ale

Pour water into a sauce pot, and then add sugar. Stir until sugar is disolved. Add rhubarb, and bring to a boil. Once mixture reaches boiling, boil for two minutes and then remove from heat. Strain rhubarb, and allow juice to cool to room temperature (about 2 hours). Pour juice into a pitcher and add lemon juice, orange juice, and ginger ale. Serve over ice.

Does anyone know what type of irises these are? *edited- Chinese New Year bearded irises- thank you Diana!*

These were the only flowers planted at our house when we bought it. They were so uncared for and crowded that it took me two years to make them bloom. Imagine my surprise when for the first time they rose out of the ground as nearly as tall as myself and put on a dazzling display. And they multiplied!

We are getting ready for a mother's day barbecue at our house. Once a year we try to clean up the construction mess as best we can and allow our mothers to visit without hard hats and safety gear. It is a lot of work. We shop vac the drywall dust and splinters up from every corner, remove cobwebs in places we never look, and present a mowed lawn and weedless garden for just one weekend. And then, after the visit, we go back to tearing the house up. This summer we'll be camping out in the living room while the Mister rebuilds floor trusses in two more front rooms and finishes installing sheet rock. We are hoping that after this season, we will have the front half of our house completed. It won't be finished in the sense that we can put down carpeting and start decorating, but it will be rebuilt, insulated, and of course structurally sound. When I can say the words "Half of our house is done" it will really be a red letter day!

Oh, it was also three years ago today that we officially moved into this house. It's easy to remember because it was our wedding day!

This was us becoming "young marrieds" at 39 (The Mister) and 35 (me). It was worth the wait.


  1. We are now in the middle of the season called, "Wind" here in Iowa. Phew!

    Beautiful irises! I cannot tell you what kind though. I am not sure I would have known those were irises without you saying..

    I hope your weekend goes well. :) What is it about having company that makes us want to clean like that?

    Happy anniversary!

  2. Happy anniversary! What a lovely wedding photo- you both look so joyous.
    I have some irises like those, and I don't now the particular type, but they are bearded irises.

  3. Will have to try ro rhubarb drink. My husband really likes rhubarb.

    The wedding picture makes me smile, brings back memories of my own wedding day. Happy memories...almost 20 years worth!!!

  4. Thank you Garden Geek! I thought they were bearded irises but was not certain.

  5. Just a quick question....Have you tried the rhubarb drink with frozen rhubarb? I've got some of last year's crop I discovered in the freezer that I need to use up. Wondered if it would affect taste???

  6. About the frozen rhubarb- Nope, I use it all the time. It doesn't affect the taste at all. Let me know how your husband likes it. :)

  7. Those are "Chinese New Year" bearded iris... I have many of those, plus others. {I'm a gardener/hoticulturalist.} Don't you love them! They are some of my favorite iris.

    The rhubarb punch sounds so refreshing! I will have to try that.

  8. Oh, what a beautiful, summery posting! The rhubarb drink looks absolutely delicious. It would be worth making for the color alone!

    Yes, those are bearded iris - the little furry "things" down the middle of the hanging petals are the "beards". Irises are another of my favorite flowers. I fell in love with them in my grandma's garden. She was totally in love with them herself, and had a huge number of different colors. She ordered hybrid varieties from a speciality catalog that I used to sit pouring over, nearly drooling with the amazingly unique colors there were available. I think she ordered what she called "double bearded iris".

    And like you noted, irises do multiply - a LOT. Every year the clump of them gets bigger, so you have to dig them up and divide them every [how many?] years. Gma and all her neighbors would share and trade colors whenever they would divide theirs, so they all had lots of different ones without having to buy them. Gma gave quite a few to my mom, so we had them too.

    If you haven't already, you'll need to read up on the specifics about dividing the underground tubers, and also, you're supposed to cut the foliage in a specific way [after the blossoms dry up? - I can't remember the rules].

    I used to wander Gma's garden from iris to iris, trying to decide which was my very favorite color of all, but could never decide. There were amazing blues, goldss, apricot, pale pinks, dark purples, and even what they called black ones, as well as combinations of burgundies, like these gorgeous ones of yours. All of them just incredible sights to behold!

    I'm looking forward to hearing how all your guests enjoyed all your hard work of getting your property and home in order for the big Mothers' Day BBQ! I bet that between you and The Mister, you made a mean BBQ and a very special and memorable day for your family. Hope you survived all the work and clean up!

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  10. And is there any more romantic prop for a wedding than a gazebo?! I think not! You both look beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    PS: I want to steal this iris photo and use it for my desktop photo! :o)

  11. SO pretty! Like BATMom, my grandma had them all over her backyard and I just loved all the different colors ~ what a great memory. Your wedding picture is just BEAUTIFUL!! That tea length dress is just the best ~ ♥♥

  12. I am surprised the rhubard recipe calls for such a small amount of sugar! Usually they take loads of sugar cause the rhubarb is so tart.

  13. Love the wedding photo!! ;-) Thanks for sharing!


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