Although winterâ€™s chill has arrived in full force here in my Pennsylvania garden, Iâ€™ve been able to enjoy a little culinary sunshine. In my fridge and freezer sits a few pints of a friendâ€™s strawberry freezer jam, lots of frozen veggies from my garden and quarts upon quarts of my homemade pickles.
I hope you and those you love had a wonderful holiday season and that 2012 brings you much successâ€”in the garden and in life. We had a great Christmas, followed by a trip to Florida for a few days of sunshine.
By far, the most interesting things in my garden these days are my ornamental grasses. I have a lot of them because they are so low maintenance and they add great texture to the gardenâ€” in summer, fall and winter.
With the holidays fast approaching, life is more hectic than ever. Iâ€™ve been busy getting everything together: doing a little shopping, wrapping far too many gifts, baking cookies, sending last-minute cards and making Christmas crafts with my son.
I harvested the last of our Brussels sprouts last week, and they were delicious. After washing them, I peeled off the outer leaves, then cut them each in half. I put about 2 tablespoons of water and the same amount of butter in the bottom of a lidded pot, turned it onto medium heat and tossed in the sprouts.
My son and I found the strangest insect in our house the other day. It was climbing on the woodwork around the front door. Since working on my most recent book, I have come to greatly appreciate bugs and pay careful attention to the ones I find in my garden. This one, though, had me intrigued.