Jul 27, 2017

Let the sunshine in...


Heating up here in the Northwest... with no rain in sight my garden welcomes in the morning light. The self-seeded sunflowers are standing proud and tall and are just beginning to smile upon my little spot of Heaven.

Jul 23, 2017

Spooning

This weekends fun find.... the cutest little hand carved Welsh Love Spoon.
A little history.... 
The carver of a love spoon would incorporate certain designs into his spoon, meant to convey a special meaning to the lucky recipient of the spoon. The spoon is symbolic and it tells the recipient that the he wishes to keep her and provide her with food and with everything else that she may need.

A heart told her that he was giving his heart to her. 

The links in a chain told her how many children he wanted. A chain could also indicate the linking of their lives together.

A diamond shape cut into the spoon expressed the hope of good fortune and wealth.

The keyhole told her that his home was hers.

How sweet is that?


Jul 22, 2017

Saving Seeds


Drying on the vine and saving pea seeds...I love how the sun shines through and illuminates the pods

Jul 21, 2017

The smallest Flower Garden


 Wish there were more hours to my day....The smallest flower garden at my day job get's the least of my attention! There are weeds, dry and parched conditions and sheer neglect yet still, musters up the energy to share it's beauty.  Little garden, thank you for your patience and believing in me when most times I struggle to believe in myself ❤


Jul 18, 2017

Cheyenne Spirit

The earliest coneflower to bloom in my  Garden...

Cheyenne Spirit


I love all the colors it throws.



Jul 17, 2017

Teenie Weenie's



Just a teenie weenie Zucchini harvest.

Trying to catch them before they grow out of control ;-)

Jul 16, 2017

Lavender a must!




My garden wouldn't be complete without the addition of Lavender....


Today's small harvest has scented the entire house. 

I like to place all the discarded leaves and broken stems in a pan of water,  to steep on the stovetop for a little while. The scent is amazing!!!!

The little bundles will be hung to dry.


Jul 12, 2017

Morning harvest



Finding peace within my soul as my hands quietly work and harvest berries in the early morning sunlight. I tune in and only think about the songs that the birds are singing and the humming of the bees as they begin their workday.

Any care, doubt or worry that I may have had is pushed to the farthest part of my mind. 

There is PEACE in my heart...there is PEACE in my soul....and there is PEACE in my garden!



Before I know it...the berries are picked and the Harvest for the day is done.


Jul 10, 2017

Summer Nights


Ahhh ...Summer nights!

Nothing beats a dip in our North Idaho hot tub beneath the Grape Arbor

A great way to end the day after yard chores.

Jul 5, 2017

Old Man Cedar


When we purchased our place over 20 years ago....The property was so overgrown with Cedar that it actually felt like we lived in a dark rainforest. Wanting to open up the yard for the kids to play and make a space for a large garden....Logging needed to be done.  

The wise old Cedar tree with the creeping Virginia was commissioned to stay and has faithfully stood watch over the family through the years.

I'm quite fond of this wise old man!

Jul 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July America



Flags are up....We will happily celebrate America with pride!


One Nation under God...with Liberty and Justice for all!





Jul 3, 2017

A little good Luck


 In many cultures around the world, the frog is considered a symbol of good luck.  

As they start to appear when the weather warms up and have traditionally been associated with new beginnings.

We are happy to welcome good luck to our garden!


Jun 28, 2017

Sugar Magnolia's


 This is my first time growing purple podded snap peas in my garden....

Sugar Magnolia Snap Pea


These little guys are blooming like gangbusters and the thing I like most is you can actually find them among the vines, no hide and seek games with these guys!

I will definitely be growing purple pods again ;-)


Jun 27, 2017

Feeling like a Princess


Feeling like a Princess today with my bucket of Peonies ;-) I really need to come up with another method for supporting these beautiful blooms. Toppling over, they were all bowing to the ground.

I couldnt let all that beauty go to waste now could I?

Jun 25, 2017

Empty nesters

The nest was built on the electrical meter by the back door and we have been monitoring the babies progress each time we go in and out of the house. The babies started to leave the nest yesterday. One by one, they each took that leap of faith and opened their wings to clumsily fly out on their own for the first time. By the day's end, all but one had left. While heading out to water the garden early this morning, I noticed the last little baby by the back step...He had bravely on his own taken that leap. A gentle reminder of where Troy and I are at ..... Watching our last baby bird leave the nest!

Jun 23, 2017

Really starting to bug me!

Most of the time I try to post about the Rainbows and Butterflies in my garden.. You know, the prettier side, but the reality is....My garden isn't perfect!

Whaaaaaaaaaat?  

Yes, you read that right! I'm not perfect and neither is my garden. 

Here's what happens when a girl turns her back for a couple of days.....


They've really been having a hay day and it's really starting to bug me... if you know what I mean!


Time to make an organic spray and see if I can turn this damage around......



Jun 22, 2017

Heaven


I imagine this is what Heaven looks like....


Peonies are in full bloom....

Oh, how I wished they bloomed forever!!!!!!


Jun 21, 2017

Snow Peas


A new variety in my garden Schweizer Riesen Snow Pea

An update from an earlier post I did back in March

 While it looks like only half of these seeds sprouted.... I am more than happy with the Beautiful flowers that accompanied the ones that did germinate.

Shouldn't be too much longer until the peas are on.

Now to be fair to the seeds and supplier, I have battled moles in my garden and a long wet season this Spring.

I would be willing to give these open-pollinated peas another try.



Jun 17, 2017

Stealing the show



This Rebecca Clematis was added along the Garden fence last Spring...Rebecca is really starting to make an impression and is already trying to steal the show... Wow!

Jun 16, 2017

June View


 Lots of rain this month....

The garden is really starting to take off and fill in.


Jun 11, 2017

Don't overlook the small things...


Little and mighty...These Johnny jump ups were playng hide and seek under an old ladder.  Don't overlook the small things in life!!!

Jun 10, 2017

Harvesting Lettuce


Lettuce Harvest is in full swing. Typically I fight earwigs in the lettuce rows ...yet, not at all this year. Just fresh green, crisp lettuce.....Yum!

Jun 9, 2017

the slower I go...


ewwww....almost stepped on this slug bug!  You think I would learn my lesson and wear shoes while gardening but nope, it's just not possible ;-)

Actually, he was really interesting to watch as he slowly moved from dew drop to dew drop wetting his whistle.

Oh, the things you can see if only you slow down and take the time to pay attention!!!

Jun 8, 2017

Only the Lonely


Why....Oh why.... do I only own one,  yes...one flowering Iris!

Well, one can still enjoy one...Only the Lonely Iris💜


Jun 7, 2017

Queen of the garden


If I had to pick just one...This Clematis would be my all time favorite bloomer!


She is not fussy at all and grows as wild and carefree as a gypsy!


This bodacious beauty has earned her title as the Queen of my garden!



Jun 6, 2017

Sweet things to come...

Looking forward to the sweet things to come 💖 Stawberries are in full bloom!

Jun 5, 2017

Reseeded


Volunteer Buddies..... Dill and Calendula have prolifically reseeded themselves


and just a little Pok Choy growing among the Calendula

Jun 4, 2017

Return of the Voles


Nooooooooooo!

After a little break last year, these PITA's are back😠

It doesn't take them long to do a lot of damage. Looks like it's time to drag out the traps again!!!!

Makes me want to pull out the shotgun and go all Elmer Fud on them...If only it was that easy to battle these little buggers!


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