Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Garden Blooms and Rhubarb Custard Pie

It's an exciting time in the garden with the trees taking turns showing off their pretty blooms. With all the rain we got in April, the display has been awesome. 
These pink tulips were sold as a fundraiser for the Ontario Horticultural Association a few years ago and I'm glad they're still coming back.
A small raised bed in the front, not hard to tell I favour pink tulips, is it? 
Now the red and white ones lining the front walkway were planted last fall so they'd bloom for Canada's 2017, 150th celebration.
For over a week viburnum 'Judii' on the left has been perfuming the backyard while the Virginia bluebells have been lighting up a corner of the rock garden.
Here's an interesting planter I just picked up, a concrete log. I've put 'Red Dragon' hens and chicks in it for now but any number of succulents would work well. There isn't a drainage hole so I may have to ask hubby drill one. 
It didn't take long for the cardinals to figure out there was wriggling meal worms in the aqua dish and they perch on the side and eat them all in one sitting. The poor chickadees aren't getting any now.
At our daughter's home she hung a small bird feeder on the wall and it immediately became a nest for  a mourning dove. When we saw her fly off I quickly took a photo of the eggs. 
I had been seeing comments by blogging sister Vee about rhubarb custard pie and when asked, she kindly pointed me to the recipe she uses. I compared it to the one in my Ms American Pie book and decided to go with it as there was less sugar used and a somewhat different method of preparation. I'm sure both of our pies tasted the same in the end. Vee made an inspiring lattice top for hers but I seldom use a crust on top of my pies and made the usual crumble topping which we like.  It was delicious and one I'll be sure to make again soon as more rhubarb is about ready to be pulled.
Is rhubarb custard pie one you've made before? 
Take time for tea

34 comments:

  1. What wonderful spring tulips and garden delights! Your garden is very pretty. Your/Vee's recipe looks delightful for spring. I think I better get some Rhubarb!

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  2. Pink tulips have got be my favorite, though I have red ones here. The iris are in full bloom now. They were slowed down last week by snow and cold, but we have wonderful sun today. My mound of rhubarb now begs to be picked. I can't believe how huge it has grown. I am the only who eats it here. The rhubarb custard sounds so delicious. I may have to make it.

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  3. I don't make the pie often enough to worry about the sugar, but I am making another soon! The mourning dove looks very at home in her taco... 🙂

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  4. Hello,Judith
    Your garden is very pretty. Those flowers all must have waited for this spring! It was a good idea to pick up the concrete log as a planter. I am sure your husband will drill one
    soon in it. I have asked for my husband to drill one into a water base. Some small fish “medake” have lived in the base.
    I will be back blogging soon. There was nothing special during my break except my mother –in-law has one more home-visit care giver. She is really getting old.
    Have a good spring!

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  5. Your garden is simply lovely, Judith, and my, what pretty tulips! My mom adores tulips so I always think of her when I see them.

    The pie looks delicious! We have a wonderful crop of rhubarb this year and tomorrow evening I was planning on making rhubarb cobbler {{yum}}

    Have a wonderful day! Hugs!

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  6. What an interesting place to nest build.
    Yes, it's again time for rhubarb pies - enjoy!

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  7. What pretty garden! I am so jealous!!! I have never in my life made a rhubarb pie of any kind. This is the 3rd time in two days I have seen a post about Rhubarb pie! Dang, I might need to make one now! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  8. Your tulips are lovely, mine are just about finished now. I'm planning on making rhubarb apple crumble this year. The rhubarb is better than ever this year. Have a lovely day.

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  9. Am not a rhubarb fan but love your garden. The tulips are perfect for this year. Love the dove nest!

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  10. I liked the first image.
    The flowers are beautiful!
    Beautiful post.
    Good week continuation.
    Janicce.

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  11. What wonderful photos! You have so much spring beauty happening. The rhubarb custard pie looks delicious.

    Happy gardening and living life ~ FlowerLady

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  12. Love the variety in this post, Judith.

    Our rhubarb isn't ready yet, but I make a crisp usually!

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  13. I didn't care for the Rhubarb pie I tried many years ago, so I've never eaten it again. But this one with custard is certainly tempting! Your tulips are so beautiful and your garden is sweet!

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  14. I love your tulips especially the stripy ones. I planted some but they either came up a different colour or didn't come up at all.

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  15. Beautiful garden!Stunning tulips!Hugs!

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  16. All such pretty Tulips , my Tulips are all done now an need to plant more for next year to fill a few gaps . Lovely photos . Never tryed Rhubarb custard before just Rhubarb and strawberry pie and crumble , looks good though , Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  17. Your tulips are so beautiful Judith. I too planted some Canada 150 tulips, and I'm very happy with them. As they were budded and not quite "full size" yet, they looked like they were just going to be white, but the red "stripes" finally showed up, and they are gorgeous. Lovely large blooms.
    I have never made a rhubarb custard pie, usually just make a crisp or rhubarb upside down cake, but that pie sure is enticing!

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  18. Hi Judith, Your tulips are just gorgeous! I adore tulips and will be adding more to my garden this fall. Your pie looks great, Judith. I made a rhubarb custard pie about a month ago and look forward to when I again have enough rhubarb to make another. I just bought a second rhubarb plant today, as I could use more rhubarb to eat! Rhubarb pie is Aaron's favorite summer pie and his favorite winter pie is pecan. This coming wknd I'm going to make a key lime pie. Enjoy your week and weekend, Judith.
    Hugs, Beth

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  19. Your garden is full of pretty things, Judith. This is a wonderful season for gardeners such as you. I saw Vee's Rhubarb Pie posts and thought about making one, too, but instead we've been enjoying plain stewed rhubarb. I eat mine with plain yogurt and Tim likes his with ice cream. Win win.
    Aren't those Canada 150 tulips striking?

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  20. I love all the pretty flowers! I planted tulips at my old house and I sure do miss them! I haven't actually seen any around here, now that you "mentioned it". There IS a large rhubarb patch here, though, and I LOVE rhubarb pie! :)

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  21. I'm a fan of the red and white tulips. I hope I get to see the Canada 150 tulips in person. I heard that some of them the tulips had orangey blossoms.

    Now you've got me craving rhubarb pie!

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  22. Your garden looks very beautiful! xoox Su

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  23. Your tulips are so beautiful, Judith, and my favorites are the red and white ones. Can you believe that I've never had a rhubarb pie? I've never had rhubarb in any form! I would love to taste your crumb topped pie and look around your pretty garden, and see the pretty birds that like to visit.

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  24. That is one thing I don't have growing in my garden yet, is rhubarb. My family doesn't enjoy it, although I do, but I think I shall have to plant at least one plant, enough for a small pie or cobbler. The Canadian 150 tulips are gorgeous! I ordered quite a few tulips from Breck's last fall, and they are amazing bloomers! They have been blooming for three weeks now, and are gorgeous. I have ordered more from them, because they are such high quality amazing bloomers. I think tulips are my new favorite flower :)

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  25. The tulips really are gorgeous and that pie looks incredible! Any left Sis? Hugs!

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  26. I'm enjoying your blooms and the shade of your tulips is really pretty!

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  27. Your garden is so lovely with the spring flowers! Pink tulips are very delightful! How nice that you have birds nesting in your yard! We have a pair of robins nesting in our yard this year and some junkos somewhere close by as well.
    I love rhubarb crisp with the crumble on top! I have a recipe that I got from an old family friend years ago. Still my favourite!

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  28. I love the tulips! Pink tulips are so nice. Also the red bird is very special. Thank you so much for sharing the pics with me.

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  29. Oh, how beautiful! I just loved seeing all the amazing flowers. You must never want to leave you yard! Thank you ever so much for sharing. :)

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  30. Rhubarb custard pie - three magical words put together. :) Your pie looks wonderful.
    Pink tulips are pretty, but the red and white ones look very elegant and interesting.
    The cardinals may be interesting too, but I wouldn't like them: they even look like bullies. :)
    Happy gardening, dear Judith!

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  31. Such a great idea putting the custard inside the pie - why don't us Brits do this!!! Save on washing up as well, you can hide the lumpy custard (mine, not yours Judith!) oh yes I'm a fan!!
    Wren x

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  32. Such beautiful blooms and your rhubarb custard pie looks delicious.

    All the best Jan

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  33. I'm a fan of the red and white tulips. I hope I get to see the Canada 150 tulips in person. I heard that some of them the tulips had orangey blossoms.

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