My lavender seems to grow inches each day.  These photos are from yesterday.  It is raining today!!!  We have had such a dry spring and this rain is more than welcome.  I cooked for the shelter all weekend.  I made coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, macaroni salad, peanut butter sheet cake and a coconut, pineapple refrigerator cake.  Then we bought them sodas and chips and pretzels and ice cream treats.  They were very happy guys.  No one ever donates treats like that because they don't spoil.  I wanted them to have a Memorial Day celebration like they had when they were kids.  We even bought a bunch of red licorice which really made them happy.  They gathered around us when we took the food in and were as happy as little kids. This morning I made 100 pieces of olive/cheese bread and a huge cinn-a-bun bread pudding.  They gave me lots of stale bread that someone donated to them.

 Teddy likes the smell of the lavender.

 The Baptisia is blooming.  This has replanted itself all over my gardens.

I have lots of green tomatoes now.  We are in for a huge heatwave so I expect to see lots of growth in the garden.

I removed the covers from the plants yesterday.  Everything made it through the cold and the tomatillas actually grew out of their cover in just two days.

Part of my strawberry and blackberry patch.

The blackberries are just about to bloom.

My trusty pup waiting for me to come back up to the main house.  She waits in exactly the same spot each day.

Cherry tomatoes!  They are almost ready to pick.  This is a new type and though they are loaded with tomatoes, the plants themselves do not look great.  Back to cooking for me and enjoying the rain while it lasts!


Dee said…
You are so nice to take care of the shelter like you do. I know they appreciate it. The birds are taking care of our cherry tomatoes as fast at they start turning! We decided to just grow them and let the birds have them.
Patty Woodland said…
Hubby planted our tomatoes yesterday.
Wow! You are so far ahead of us. Diff areas, make for diff weather, even though we aren't that far apart.

Love the photos.

Wonderful that you gave the Shelter a great Memorial Day!!!!

"Auntie is in a teaching mood today." :-)
Anonymous said…
I actually have five tiny tomatoes in my kitchen window :-) :-) It's too windy outside so I had no other space to place them at and it works fine :-)

Our black berries have just gotten tiny leafs :-) No flowers on them for many weeks I think, they rarely get a chance to ripe here.

Red licorice? Never heard of it before. Strong? salt?

That is a Memorial Day dinner they will remember for a very long time :-)

Have a great day!
I am soooo jealous - here in Provence we are having the rainiest and coldest May since no one can remember when and my little tomatoes are drowning, not the tiniest fruit in sight....
Nellie said…
So glad you are having rain! It will really help things grow!

It sounds like the shelter was definitely the place to be with all that delicious food you took them!
Guillaume said…
Rains was heavy here.
Your garden is yielding lots of good treats. Never got my containers planted this year.
Barb said…
Lavender, I always knew that Teddy was a very smart dog! I wonder if some of the guys in the shelter are vets. What a nice thing you did for them on Memorial Day, Vets or not.
Ina in Alaska said…
You had me at peanut butter sheet cake!!!! Yummy!!!!
Our heat wave is long over..but I know more is coming..and worse!
All that rain and warmth says you are going to have bumper crops. That's GREAT. No rain in sight for California but I hear another big fire is burning out of control once again. Always happens when we get a bit of rain.
Teddy LOVES you! :) Aren't they wonderful companions. Mele is such a joy to me. Always has been.

The guys must think they have died and gone to foodie heaven! :) I can tell you get joy out of taking all that good food to them. It's a plus for all!
I never heard of a peanut butter sheet cake. It sounds wonderful!
Just eating a teaspoon (ok, a tablespoon) full of peanut butter nearly always brightens my day!
It's so nice knowing their are folks like you out there!!
Make that "there" instead of "their".... :)