You are invited to attend an inspiring program on raising perennials in your garden. Years ago, I didn't know what perennials were, and that the investment would help the garden to renew it's beauty year after year. When I buy annuals like Begonias or Marigolds, it's for one season only. Learn more about perennials from an expert, senior horticulturist Steve Huddleston of the Botanic Gardens in Fort Worth, when you attend a free meeting of the North Texas Daylily Society at 7 p.m. on Thurs., April 17, in the Camellia Room. His program will be "Perennials A-Z." This is the perfect time of year for this presentation. Meet our members and enjoy a meal prepared by our many good cooks. It's all free! During the month of April and May, I will be featuring a few of the perennials I learn about at this meeting.
Spring has arrived; beware of buying plants except when the crowds are not at your favorite nurseries. Try and get out to buy during the week, even ask when the trucks are coming in. Because the weekends, to me, are not as relaxing. And on Mondays a lot of things are gone or picked over. I have invested in a small garden cart that I can easily work with and today, I filled pots with new organic potting soils and managed to get more daylilies planted as well as cannas, hot and sweet peppers, tomatoes, herbs and a lot of sun-loving Portulaca in hot pink. Both Portulaca and Purslane love to spread and require little water and thrive in pots in a sunny location.
Here's some more of our favorite recipes that we think are worth sharing.
Dee Dee Easy Pork Spareribs
This is sure good served with a side of pintos and a little potato salad.
Thompson's Root Beer BBQ sauce
Hawaiian Island Chicken
This is so good and easy to do. I like the "paradise" smell; maybe if I close my eyes I can imagine this on a grill in Hawaii. I make two batches of marinade. One I use for marinade and then discard it before placing the chicken on the grill. I use a fresh batch of marinade to baste the chicken. The original recipe allows one to baste with the marinate used for marinating the chicken, but I don't want any chance of "raw' chicken even though it's being grilled. And, yes I know the grill should kill any salmonella, but that's just me cooking.
This serves 4-6 adults.
For the best selections of garden plants, shop early or during the week.
Marinating chicken and grilling it is really delicious.
Have a good week in Parker County. And I hope you'll enjoy more perennials in your garden this spring.