My sister has two rows of perfectly rounded boxwoods lining a slate path that leads up to her front door. Why don’t my boxwoods look this good? Yes, I do have the dog pee problem to deal with and they were hammered by the snow plows this winter. But I want them to look like this—beautiful rounded emerald green globes.
For family dinner Sunday night my nieces and I picked the last of the lilacs for our first dinner outdoors. My sister sliced up cucumbers the day before and filled a glass jar with 2/3 white vinegar, water, salt & pepper, and dill. They were delicious with our lamb burgers stuffed with goat cheese on the grill. I still have a few jars of pickles I canned last summer. Mine didn’t stay as crunchy as deli pickles. I might skip the canning this year and just keep a jar in my refrigerator like my sister. Maybe I’ll throw a few cloves of garlic in too?