One Gardener’s Weeds Are Another Gardener’s Flowers

Due to the rains in February and the warmer temperatures in March, our lawn looks like a meadow. We have henbit, chickweed, dandelion, blue field madder, baby blue eyes, wood sorrel/oxalis, and many other little blooms flourish in the yard. Of course there are blooms, what some gardeners consider as weeds. Because they are very invasive and hard to get rid off in a “perfect” yard/garden. What a lot of people don’t know is that some of these plants are edible. Here are some examples of the plants from our yard.

  • Henbit can be eaten fresh or cooked, and be used in teas. It is very nutritious, high in iron, vitamins and fiber. Henbit can be added to salads, wraps, and soups. But it shouldn’t be consumed in high amounts, because it is a laxative.
  • Common Chickweed leaves can be added to sandwiches and salads. They are also good for soups and stews.
  • Wood Sorrel/Oxalis can be used to spice up salads. It should not be eaten in extensive amounts, since it can cause kidney stones in some people.
  • Dandelion can be used in salads, tea, and as coffee. While it taste like coffee it doesn’t contain any caffeine.

Camping At Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas

March 11 – 12, 2018

Kevin and I were making plans to go camping on Spring Break, a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t want to go too far, which means in Texas “slang”: up to six hours distance is okay; but no 18 – 20 hour one way trip. Kevin mentioned Arkansas and Oklahoma as a destination. Well, we’ve been in Oklahoma quite often in recent years. And so I looked for a good camping spot in Arkansas. After a little discussion, we decided we would go to Lake Ouachita State Park.

Everything was prepared and packed for Sunday morning. Around 10:30 a.m. we left home and drove toward Texarkana. Before we arrived at the border, we made a short stop to refresh. Sara wanted her sandwich, I prepared at home in the morning. And we all got hungry a little bit, after she mentioned it.

In Arkansas, we stopped at the first Rest Area/Tourist Center on Interstate 30. I wanted to get more brochure of the State Park. While we were on our way, I had the chance to read a little bit more into it.Around 4 p.m. we arrived in the park. Kevin stopped at the Visitor Center to check us in, before we went to our campground. It was a nice Walk-In Campground with one dozen tent spaces. What I liked about the camping area, there was a pre-made square gravelled area for the tent to sit on it. It could fit one big tent or two to four small tents. The area was very clean. And I was happy to find clean toilets/shower rooms.

The wind was something else. It took Kevin, the girls and I quite a bit of strength to keep the tent up. Luckily, we found some big stones to put inside the tent corners. And Kevin tight two  corners to the nearby trees. Once the bedding was in the tent, we were settled. I warmed up some beef, potatoes and corn, which I cooked the night before. The wind was cooling the temperatures quickly. And the meal hit it spot on. After dinner, the girls roasted each a couple of marshmallows. They skipped some stones over the water’s surface, before the sun set. We went to bed early that night. The wind was just too strong and cool. It was no fun staying out.

The following morning, we kept our stay short. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel well and wanted to go see my bed at home. I wish, we could have seen a lot more.  It was cool, but the wind had died out on Monday morning. For a five hour drive one way, it was extremely short. We have to go back there another time, when it is warmer. On a good note, we didn’t have to deal with mosquitoes at this time of the year.

A Beautiful Spring-like Day In Early March

Today was such a beautiful day. So I spent some time with my camera in the backyard. The photos of the Brown-headed Cowbirds and the little Dark-eyed Junco, I posted in the previous blog. But here are some photos of peach tree buds, wild blooms, Bradford Pear blossoms, and a contrail of an airplane/jet I watched along the sky.

Busy Sunday

Today, I did several loads of laundry. Sara cleaned her room and wanted her bedding washed and dried. In the meantime, I cooked fajitas for lunch. And I cleaned out the greenhouse, which was very unorganized and therefore a big mess. Now the greenhouse looks pretty, again. But the garden around it needs a lot of work. The weather supposed to be nice and mild the next few days. That’s perfect timing to use the chance to clean up before the arrival of Spring gardening. It feels good, having something back in order. After I’m done, I have to finish helping Sara making her bed. She’s good with it, but can use some help from Mommy. 😉 Kevin has flu-like symptoms and felt week all weekend. :/ He tries to help, but gets tired very fast. It’s the best, he takes it easy and rests.


My little hummingbird sanctuary next to the greenhouse. Hopefully, I can can get it back to this beauty in Summer, again. 🙂

Flower Droplets

Today, I had to prepare my greenhouse for the light freeze, the next few nights. Day temperatures will be above freezing. But at night, it will be a whole other story. I made sure, the door and windows are closed properly and that the panels are clicked back in correctly. But before, I was checking on everything, I watered my plants. And I enjoyed, how the water pearled down on the flower petals. Now, I’m sharing a few photos of the flower droplets.

My Winter Garden In The Greenhouse

January always makes me feel gloomy, a little bit. The leaves are all blown from the trees by the wind. The first freeze took the life out of most plants. Everything looks so grayish-beige in the yard. But I always find a way to fix it. Today, I went to the nursery and picked up some seasonal flowers. This afternoon I planted them in the greenhouse. And now, I’m happy again. Between all the sad looking gray and beige, there are some dots of color. And when it gets really cold outside, the flowers are tucked in a warm greenhouse bed.

Winter Blooms In My Greenhouse

Every Winter I plant some flowers in my greenhouse throughout Winter time. Their colorful blossoms always bring a great warming feeling on those grayish Winter days. Even when it snows outside, they are warm and cozy tucked in the soil inside the greenhouse.