Monthly Archives: May 2014

Saucer Magnolia and Another View of the Mabel Burnham House, Essex

Burnham House Essex MA Magnolia ©Kim Smith 2014Mabel Burnham House, Essex 

Saucer Magnolia ©Kim Smith 2014No group of trees and shrubs is more favorably known or more highly appreciated in gardens than magnolias, and no group produces larger or more abundant blossoms.” ~ Ernest “Chinese” Wilson, botanist and plant explorer

Do you have a favorite flowering tree? If I  had to chose just one, which would be very, very difficult because I LOVE all flowering tress, it might just be the Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia soulangeana). But ask me again when the dogwoods are in bloom! I would love to know what is your favorite spring blooming tree. Write in the comment section and let us know. And send a photo, too, if you’d like. Thanks!

Saucer  magnolia ©Kim Smith 2014Global climate change is causing extremes in weather worldwide. The horticultural problems created by a spring cycle of freezing-thawing-freezing temperatures are only going to increase. The gardener’s best defense is to plant species that can withstand these new horticultural parameters. I find the Saucer Magnolia, which blooms later than the Star Magnolia, a much better choice for New England gardens, where spring is fleeting at best and tree blossoms are often quickly ruined by frost.

Magnolia Burnham Houes Essex MA ©Kim Smith 2014

dsc06526Joey’s Marsh View of the Burnham House, Essex, at Dawn

So good, for real!!

I’m a sucker for ricotta on my pizza…or on anything else for that matter.  We ordered a pizza from Mike’s Place in Gloucester the other night and it was unbelievable.  I’ve been jonesing for some sweet sauce pizza since one of GMG’s podcasts months ago that discussed a theory on favorite pizzas and it was finally my turn to pick the pizza.  So ridiculously yummy…

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Breaded eggplant, caramelized onions, ricotta and mozzarella with Mike’s favorite-sweet pizza sauce

Check out the Mike’s Place full menu

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Carrot Cake Marmalade

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Carrot Cake Marmalade

This recipe was created several years ago to use up an abundance of carrots from my farm share at  Applenton Farms.  It has become a recipe I make through out the year. A jar of Carrot Cake Marmalade make a great hostess gift, and easy appetizer to assemble and serve to unexpected company! Visit Laura at The Cave on Main Street  today open 9-5  for this yummy Chevre Cheese shown in the photo below.

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Rock your MOM Tomorrow with Stonework!

M S FOLEY STONEWORKS

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MS FOLEY BOATS

If you don’t get your mom an M S Foley Stoneworks sculpture or kitchen item, she is gonna be rip-roarin, foot-stamping, pan throwing, rolling pin wielding pissed off. Special Saturday hours this week. Call between 9 & 5. Items from $20 on up. Put a smile on mom’s face! (Or you may live to regret it.) http://www.msfoleystoneworks.com/

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Weekend Forecast May 10th – 11th Cape Ann Weather …

Marine Forecast :
Sat S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the morning. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. Scattered showers. Vsby 1 nm or less.
Sat Night SW winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Sun W winds around 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft.
Sun Night SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot or less.

Weekend is Looking great , temps 70’s to perhaps low 80’s and muggy .. Saturday could be a toss up how ever with a warm front stuck near by few showers and Clouds maybe patchy fog and drizzle near the coast especially Saturday morning .. Winds light from the south east 5-10mph becoming south 15-25mph and gusty late afternoon … Lows in the low 50’s Saturday and Sunday Night.. Mother’s Day looks Spectacular with plenty of Sunshine temps near 80°.. Chance of a T-storm late …
Beach Forecast : Saturday Sun Index 5
Water temp 47°
Seas 2-3ft
Wind SSE 5-25mph
Overcast.
Beach Forecast : Sunday Sun Index 7
Water Temp 47°
Seas 3-4 ft
Wind SSW 20-25mph

Hourly Forecast :

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Look Ahead :

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