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Early Summer ~ How my garden grows 2011

Life has been moving way too swiftly and I realized I had not written a blog post here in the longest.  Between FaceBook, Twitter, Lindedin .. there are just so many medias to keep up with. To be honest .. I always make a point to post on my FB page so if you have not joined me there my SunRose FB address ::

http://tinyurl.com/4d78x3y

The weather has really been so beautiful the past few days and I was finally able to get out there in my garden.  I thought I would share some of the Garden photo’s with you. I hope you enjoy them.

This is my kitchen table with the first bounty of the Early Summer. The peonies, roses and scapes from the garlic and of course my tonics from the essential herbal  which helped me with my bronchitis.!!


Every magical Garden should have their protectors. Don Luis is a new addition to my garden this year. He watches as people walk into the property. Love his face.

St Francis to be sure the animals are safe and protected as well.

Elderberries are going on 2 yrs old (planted 2010). I am hoping for berries this year so I can make some syrup with them.

This is my Aloe plant (Mama) with all her babies. 2011

Here are some the Aloe babies. There were 31 of them.!! All potted now.

This for me is for sure Summer has arrived.

Actually, this is early Spring 2011. But I just love the shadows from the pergola.

Sasha always with me .. and checking out the garden. Lettuce is in and the baby tomatoes are hiding behind the stakes.

Patio tomatoes in the Earth Boxes lets see how the fair this year.

Sasha follows me everywhere .. I love my puppy.!! (well she is 8 yrs young now but I won’t tell her that ;O)

I hope you enjoyed some of my world. 

What’s new at SunRose?? Well, we are finally getting in some organic Mandarin RED from Italy. Also, ‘new’ for us will be Organic Castor Oil and Organic Soy Bean Carrier oils. From South Africa we are getting some ‘non sprayed’ Ruby Grapefuit oil. So stay tuned I will post them up on the web as soon as I can.

Summer Quote:

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.  ~ Bern Williams

Wishing you blue skies and delicious summer days. Enjoy the outdoors!!!

Til next time, Rosanne

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Summer Magic / Blog Party ~

The summer is winding down, the heat and humidity here in NYC has been the worst ever.  And now we are going into the ‘dog days’ of August. Yes, Im ready for the cool breezes of Autumn ..

The garden is almost done, and oh the yummy fresh garden tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash .. that is summer to me ..!!!

There is a blog party going on .. to help with ideas from your summer harvest .. this one .. is on Cucumbers.!

Tina’s: Got Cucumber’s?
http://theessentialherbal.blogspot.com/2010/08/got-cucumbers.html

Becky already has some great cucumber coolers on her blog: http://birdworms.com/2010/07/24/cucumber-cocktails/

Maryanne has Creamy Cucumber salad on hers: http://torchsongstudio.blogspot.com/2010/08/cucumber-blog-party.html

From Cindy Jones: http://sagescript.blogspot.com/2008/09/cucumber-spread-tzatziki.html

Janiece manages to do away with cucumbers AND tomatoes here: http://swisherhill.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/tomato-cucumber-salad-for-a-lazy-day

Chilled cucumber soup from The Rosemary House: http://therosemaryhouse.blogspot.com/2010/08/cucumbers-culinary-blogging-party.html

Karen’s cucumber dill sauce: http://www.gardenchick.com/garden-blog/2010/08/cucumber-blog-party.html

Hope everyone is having a safe and restful summer.!
Remember to stay hydrated .. especially the elder and our pets .. be sure they have water as well.

End quote:

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.
~Hanna Rion

~ til next time,
Rosanne

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Ease into Summer ~

These yummy mushrooms grow on my brother’s property upstate Kent, NY.
My brother calls this picture :: ‘The three amigos’ for obvious reasons.
(Yellow Morel – Morchella esculenta).
He made them for me .. just a little butter, salt & pepper .. mouth watering.!

The second picture is a favorite dish from our childhood .. that my Grandma would cook for us. We called it .. ‘tomato’s and eggs’ though aka eggs in purgatory’, this was a dish during the depression era. Saute some fresh garlic in olive oil, chop up the tomatoes, salt, pepper, fresh basil .. add the eggs , oh boy.!!

Those were bottled tomatoes and fresh herbs from the garden. Yum!

Navigating Food Labels::
Did you know the label “100 Percent Natural” has different meanings for chicken fingers, cookies and various other foods? Or that those “cage-free” chickens might not ever have seen the outdoors? Here’s a guide to help sort out what’s meaningful, what’s dubious — and what’s total fluff.

One of my dearest and oldest friend Kat just put up June 2008 ‘Rock Tarot’ readings, a fun and insightful site I think you would enjoy. To visit her page click on: RockReadings.
(I read them all, and was so surprised to read Pisces.!! She made me smile.)

Ok, are we ready to ‘ease’ into Summer fun.! Well, with the price of gas, the cost of food and everything else happening in the world.. we should still find that quiet time to decompress and
enjoy the many blessing in our lives. For me, its enjoying my garden.

Remember .. to protect your skin, and stay hydrated.! And don’t forget our furry friends, they need plenty of water as well.

Back in stock::

– Carrot Seed Hungary
– Clove Bud Madagascar
– Neroli Tunisia
– Violet Leaf Absolute France
– Yarrow Austria

The new and improved SunRose site is still working out some ‘bugs’ , so please, if you are experiencing any problems, please write me so that we can fit it right quick.!

I hope your garden is growing and thriving !
~ until next time, Rosanne