Monday, June 8, 2015

Mozzarella snack

It may be cold and windy out, but it is June, so, technically, it is summer.
Here is some mozzarella with tomato and basil and avocado, salt and pepper, and rapeseed oil. The flower is just for show.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pieliekamais - 2

Pieliekamais turns two years old today -
yay for May and all good new things to come!

Thank you for your time!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tulpe uz balkona

Izdomāju pārbīdīt puķupodus ar tulpju asniem, lai būtu nedaudz aizvējā. Būs mazāk saules, bet tad vējš tik traki neplucinās tulpju lapas. Ko es ieraudzīju -
ievīstītu lapās, pirmo ziediņu!

Paldies, ka ieskatījies Pieliekamajā!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Everything outside is changing by the hour. Spring is here.
Above, some hepatica flowers with early morning frost. Below, how is it possible that a tree that fell three years ago has these yellow fuzzies? I looked at the whole tree, and saw that
there are new stems coming from the old trunk almost the length of the tree (the part that's on the ground). So apparently the tree is still alive and gets energy and nutrition through the trunk/soil.
Next up we have a vinbär bush with first leaves unfolding (below). This particular bush grows in a very sunny and quite shielded area. I visit another vinbär bush almost daily in a more open/windy area, and there are no green leaves there (yet).
Back to the woods, the first buds of wild rose leaves are emerging, and today in the midday sun they looked pistachio-green.
To conclude, some new lupine plants (below). I took the chance a few days ago to wander farther into what is an overgrown wild area during summertime. Right now this wild meadow is still quite bare, so I went exploring. I found tiny lupine leaves with what seemed like dew in some of the "cups".
Look at the fuzzy little lupine bud in the lower part of the picture, below.
I also found a big patch of snowdrops in a new to me location (behind a wild apple tree), and the first wild strawberry leaves have emerged since at least a week ago. So things are definitely happening! Thank you for coming on this nature walk with me.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pirmaas atraitnites 2015

I just couldn't resist any more -
and I discovered that my lavender plant from last year is still alive. How is it even possible? The last time I watered that pot was maybe back in October. Yet there they were, silvery green new leaves on the dried up (I thought) stems.

You can see parts of the lavender plant towards the back of the pot, the branches looking like thyme.

Planting those first spring flowers is one of my absolutely favorite things, ever.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Tulpes uz balkona

I've gotten this far -
this is one of my three pots with tulip bulbs. I'm not holding my breath for tulip blooms yet as it can be super windy out on the balcony, but who knows.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Air Pockets Worked!

Remember my tulip-bulb insulation project back in December? Today, when I removed the top insulation packs to take a peek, I found tulip sprouts in two of the three pots! The air pockets worked! I am so happy. The only pot where there were no sprouts (yet?) was the clay one, which was exposed to the elements the most. Instead of taking pictures of the tulip sprouts, I went to the woods where I saw the first butterfly (yellow), a ladybug, and the first hepatica flowers of this year.
I didn't expect to find these little beauties for another month! And how happy am I that our friend the sweet-natured spaniel decided to join us on our trek (that's his paw in the picture). He was saying, "OK, what are we excited about here?"
I checked the weather prognosis, and it doesn't seem like we'll get minus degrees (C) for a couple of nights, so I left the flowerpots on the balcony uncovered. Imagine if I'm really going to get blooming tulips on my balcony?
Spring is here :).
Oh, I also ordered some seeds! Will share when the package gets here.

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