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Five Things Friday – 01.16.15


5thingsbannerWelcome to 2015!  I’ve been crazy busy in the garden and the kitchen, and can’t wait to catch you up on all that’s new.  Here are 5 things that made the past week special …

#1 – The seeds have arrived!

In chilly January, few things warm my heart as much as the arrival of this year’s Burpee Seeds in my local garden center. Have you done your seed shopping yet?



#2 – Warm weather bulbs are here, too …

Here are a few of the pink perennials I’m adding to my front yard garden this year:



#3 – I am still planting bulbs for spring bloom.


In Bakersfield, we have strange weather.  The autumn months are too warm for planting my spring blooming bulbs, and the flower beds are too full of summer flowers and veggies up until our first hard frost, which arrived less than a week before Christmas last year.  I purchase most of my springtime bulbs in the late summer, and store them in a cool place, and I purchase the rest of them when they go on clearance to make way for holiday inventory in the stores.  I planted dozens of daffodils this week, and will be planting the rest of my spring bloomers within the next few days.  Despite the short time in the ground, they will all bloom right on schedule (for Bakersfield, that is), beginning in late February or early March.


#4 – Jovial penne is back in stock!

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Yes, this is a very big deal for me … Jovial Foods makes my favorite gluten-free pastas, and their penne rigate (ridged penne) was sold out online last month.  All of Jovial’s delicious products — gluten-free pastas and cookies, olive oil and jarred tomatoes, Einkorn wheat pasta, cookies, and flour — are produced in Italy, and they are all organic and GMO-free.  You can find them in many major grocery stores and health food stores, or you can purchase them online like I do.  I was thrilled to receive a dozen boxes on my front porch earlier this week.

#5 – The Plant Whisperer


Remember that December frost and freeze I mentioned earlier?  It damaged a lot of stock in the big box store garden centers.  I found these 1 gallon plants in need of rescue at Lowe’s this week:  four pots of cool weather poppies (with four plants in each pot!), and six pots of pink-and-yellow Lantana (3 shrubs and 3 creeping variety), all for 99 cents each.  They’re all going into the front yard this weekend.

What are your weekend plans?  If it’s too cold in the garden, are you snuggled up and thumbing through seed catalogs, or are you in the kitchen making something scrumptious to eat?





I’m linking up with Katie, Clare, and Heather this week, to share 5 Things Friday posts.

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