Trying our luck…

… give peas a chance.

In honor of the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes this weekend, I am happy to report we are on the “homestretch” in the gardening department this spring. Last weekend, we spread the mulch and doused anything deemed a “vegetarian deer delight” with Liquid Fence. So far, the deer have stayed away.

This weekend, we went “down to the wire” to put in the tomatoes, zucchini, green beans and spinach (we know we are a little late with the spinach, and even if a “long-shot”  we are trying anyway). We also installed the deer fence around the future salad bar. Oh, and we did not give peas a chance this year, but I couldn’t resist the title.

I am hopeful that this year’s garden will be a “horse of a different color” compared to last year’s upset.


You can’t see the beans, spinach or zucchini, but trust me; all are there. Hubster is under strict orders to ask before pulling any weeds. We don’t want a repeat of last year. He is however, welcome to continue spreading the manure as years of experience prove him worthy of the task.

Hubster has another project for garden tool organization in mind and while humorous, I am not the Walking Dead fan that he is, so I say no go and will remain firmly on my “high horse”.

zombie garden

In a couple of weeks, I will be joining my students on our annual pilgrimage to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. I must admit a little garden envy when on the grounds.

One of the many gardens at Mount Vernon…

Mount Vernon

While it may seem in a “dead heat” to my own garden; I am happy to concede this botanical gem “wins by a nose”.

We had a rather low key social weekend. We celebrated the Preakness in the comfort of our paddock home.

American Pharoah has won the second jewel of the Triple Crown and is poised to give competitors a “run for the money” at the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. You know my affection for crowns, so should this occur I will definitley don one of my own crowns… although with so many tiara choices in my closet I may have difficulty trying to decide which one to wear.

Peggy Anne stopped by on her way to visit her parents on Sunday. Some of you may remember that her mother has given her the title, “Third Wheel” in our life; Hubster had a special award made just for her.

Peggy Anne loved it.


The school days are ready for a “photo finish”.

Day 158 and 22 “furlongs” days to go…

Finish line and winner’s circle in sight.

Enough “horseplay”….back to work.

Happy Monday!



  1. Nana Diana says:

    I am hoping this goes through. I just submitted two comments and it keeps asking me to sign in with facebook (a pop up that I can’t get past). Your garden is looking good so far and that one is gorgeous!
    Have fun at Mt. Vernon with all the kiddos. I know you will…lol…
    I think I need to get a couple of those Third Wheel Club cups. Love it-
    Have a great day-xo Diana

  2. TS says:

    Wow. I didn’t know you had it in you. This post was puntastic! If I can’t sleep tonight I’m going to go back and count all the puns. Perhaps a cross-curricular activity for some of my old friends as you round out the year? Have a good trip to MV. Thinking of HH this week for obvious reasons. Hi to all!

    • Beemie says:

      It seems you are jockeying for some puns yourself…Today, is the big event this year. Testing schedule and a family wedding for the big boss have altered our usual date. The school looks all red, white, and blue and the feeling obviously, Patriotic. We are looking forward to a great day.

  3. Katie Clooney says:

    I can’t believe you have 22 days left!!! The Mister sprayed weed killer on our ground covering. Sounds like our Misters went to the same gardening schools. Are you headed here to see the family matriarch? Would love to meet you in person if you could squeeze me in..

    • Beemie says:

      Oh my, the weed killer and the weed puller…a dynamic herbicide duo. Going to contact you about the plans for the summer visit as I would definitely like to get together.

  4. janey says:

    Great lookin’ garden….and I laughed about the pea issue. My son plants a huge garden at our deer camp and last yr we had enough tp freeze for all 4 families. I just so happened to be “busy” on the day that all that work was done tho….heheheh!
    Breathe in …. breathe out……summer is almost here!
    Our schools get out this week. ..crazy!

    • Beemie says:

      Last year a family friend who gave peas a chance filled our freezer with about two pounds. There might still be a small frozen bag in there somewhere. If only we were done this week…alas 20 days after today.

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