Saturday, March 26, 2011

march wrap-up and a wasp question (help!)

March has mostly been a month of beautiful weather here. I'm still enjoying being home with Clara, and terribly sad I have to go back to work in 3 weeks. I've gotten to spend just a bit of time outside (and contracted my first case of poison ivy of the year - yuck!).
This was taken a week or so ago. I love the hot pink lorapetalum with the bright yellow daffs!
I also love wild violets and let them grow wherever they want in our yard.
It's always exciting to see the first fern frond unfurl.
First harvest of 2011!
...turned into a delicious pecan-encrusted mozzarella salad. mmm... if anyone wants the recipe, let me know and I'll email it to you.
All three of the original fish we got in 2009 are still kickin'.
And now for some much less likable wildlife.... we have a lot of red wasps in Mississippi. At my house, they all gravitate to this one structure. They have since Scott built it a couple of years ago. Can you help me figure out WHY, and more importantly, how I can get them away from there? It's in the middle of the veggie garden, so it's quite a nuisance to me. They don't seem to have a nest there. It's like they are scavenging/mining for something.
Thanks in advance for your advice! And now for the obligatory/shameless Clara pic.....
Have a great weekend!
p.s. I still have two extra packets of lima bean seeds if anyone wants them


Janet said...

Wonderful photo of your doll. Love the baby pics! More more.

As for your wasp question-- maybe you ought to call cooperative extension office. could be that those wasps have a nest near the veggie garden...?

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I wish I had some more space for shrubs, I'd love a lorapetalum. How lucky to have greens already. I sowed some lettuce seeds a few days ago and am hoping they'll sprout soon. Your salad looks delicious. I'd love the recipe. I wonder if it would work with goat cheese as well?
I found tiny baby fish in our pond a couple of weeks ago. Several of the big ones died over the winter which is probably why these little ones weren't eaten.
Clara is so cute. It's amazing how fast they change at that age.

Ginger said...

Janet - great idea on calling the extension service. I'll do that.

Catherine - I emailed you the recipe. I think it would work with a log of goat cheese. Obviously the taste would be sort of pungent rather than mild, though :-)

The Sage Butterfly said...

Great post! The red wasps make their nests out of chewed wood fiber, maybe that is why they are hanging around there.?
Please send me the recipe for the Encrusted Mozzarella Salad...looks yummy! Thanks!

Darla said...

Nice photos of spring....Clara is just too cute!

Randy Emmitt said...


I don't know what to do about the wasps. If they get too bad you could call an exterminator they might have an organic solution. I tend to leave them alone and they leave me alone, but having a baby around them is another thing.

Jan@Thanks for today. said...

Hope you get rid of the wasp problem. Your salad looks amazing...and it's always better with your own fresh-from-the-garden greens! As usual, the best photo of all is baby Clara;-) What a sweetheart!

Becca's Dirt said...

Oh Ginger what a cute little baby. She is precious. Good luck with the critters flying. Things are springing up in your yard now. Have a good day.

Phillip said...

We've been finding lots of wasps in our house this year. I hate to kill them because I know they can be very beneficial in the garden. Still, you don't want them where you spend a lot of time.