The whole family comes to our yard for Easter…it’s been happening here for over 25 years. Usually there is an egg hunt, then our traditional Easter dinner, starting and ending with family favorite Italian dishes. Two to four weeks out, I begin getting the yard in shape for the onslaught of guests and egg hunters. I lucked out with the weather last week and not only got my heirloom tomatoes (seven varieties) and herbs in, but also trimmed back several small trees, bushes, and generally spruced up the lily garden etc etc etc…I just love this time of year. Below is a photo journal of my two days working in the backyard.
As I was whacking away at my bay laurel tree (inherited from my Mom’s backyard over 13 years ago), I felt badly about throwing the cut branches into the refuse bin…there were a lot of wonderful bay leaves going to waste…so I decided to dry some and bottle them as gifts for family and friends…the kids may get candy; however, the adults will go home with dried laurel bay leaves 🙂 Excellent in flavoring your sauces, soups, and many braised dishes.
This morning, I enjoyed my cup of tea while perusing the overnight plant growth. I was dismayed to see a bit of chewed up leaves on my basil, the good news is that I planted plenty of basil…oh well, I don’t mind sharing a little bit.