So this is happening right now…

Ka-pow! It’s a long wait all the way into midaugust for the hibiscus to bloom and after an overdue warm rain they are smiling this morning.  I literally squeal with delight as I go outside to let the chickens out and see these upright and finally not sagging from the ‘feels like’ 42 degree heat….

Succession Sowing in the August Garden. 

The garden is more than half way through its growing season. I am enjoying this hot weather. It feels like a good old fashion summer. (Yes, I am 100 years old with a rocking chair on my porch) The potatoes, peas, carrots and turnips have all been harvested which leaves the equivalent of four 4×4…

Decidedly Done with Daisies

I think that I am done putting up with daisies. Do they spend most of their time looking wilted and dead instead of alive or is it just me?  What a mess. I am officially over them except maybe in a mass planting where they can be tucked in behind.  They have been moved around…

Hot and Abundant Summer

The garden is going crazy this summer and it has been a real treat. It has been really really enjoyable.  I planted way too much swiss chard and have been eating it every way imaginable. (its really good chopped on top of a soup with a squeeze of lemon!) This summer 8 bags of compost…

Innocent ’till…

So apparently I kind of jumped the gun- but not literally- on my sudden hatred of squirrels. My spring garden, she’s doing ok. She’s doing great actually!  Even though I saw that bugger of a squirrel digging daily in neat little rows it did not disturb the seeds. Thanks for the mind bend buddy.  However…

Put Me To Shame: Raised Beds

Everyone needs someone or something to look up to.  How about these Raised Beds? They are the mother of all raised beds I think!  The beauty and bounty of them put mine to shame for all of eternity.  The possibilities for greatness are always there… you just have to be a miracle worker to get…

Planters Galore

I am hardly a world traveller, but I’ve been places, I’ve seen some things! It doesn’t matter where I am, or how beautiful the city is I’ve got my face and camera stuck in the closest flowers in the coolest planter display.  Everyone else can just wait a minute, I’ll catch up when I can….

Mother’s Day success!

The babies are here! The babies are here! I spent most of last night reading about hatching chicks pretty certain that I had done everything wrong so far. This afternoon we had all been sure that there were no babies to be had until I poked the hen hard enough that I heard little peeps…

Mother to be Check Up

I am getting antsy, so is everyone else in the house. There’s a bit of anticipation going on and I’m scared! Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Will there be some baby chicks?  She’s been given privacy in her secluded suite with a feminine printed curtain and classy duct tape.  There she is. Fingers crossed! 

Did I tell you about the magic hen?

We learn something new everyday don’t we? Did I tell you about the baby chicks I had last year?  I think I did.  How they were all supposed to be HENS- of the female kind?  The kind that laid eggs for me to have as breakfast?   Unless you are ordering chicks from a facility…

Cray-z for Crocus

For the last few years I have been on a bit of a mission. A mission to make the last few weeks of winter a happy one. The faithful crocus is something to count on, snow or shine the crocus appears! So what have I been doing? Planting them all over the yard in groupings, adding to…

Them squirrels 

Squirrels.  I don’t like ’em right now.  That spring garden I planted two weeks ago… It became high nutrient sprouts for a rather innocent looking rascal. If this has happened before and somehow I think it has, I clearly blocked it out instead of learning from my mistakes.  One by one, each seed dug up…