Archive for the ‘In the Garden’ Category

One thing I missed when I lived in California were lilacs. Lilacs are pretty in their white and purple abundance. They smell amazing. To me they are one of the most special flowers in the world.

Today, I took a photo of a beautiful white lilac bush….

Yesterday, being April 2, I got busy in the “garden.” One thing I have realized over the years is that with all the traveling I do, any grand garden plans I have usually don’t work out. So, last year a friend was cleaning out her garage and sold me her earth boxes.

4 things helped that help me realize these gardening containers are the way to go are that the box size keeps me from getting overly ambitious, they are located right on the deck so no one (me, dh, the house sitter) will forget to water them, the hose reaches easily to the deck, and they are safer from all the predators we have (deer, dogs, raccoons, etc…).

I planted one box of lettuce (black seeded simpson) and one box of peas.

In the box of peas I put sticks and tied them to the deck railing for the peas to climb on. I love using things that are direct from nature. I don’t need them to last more than the season so I am not looking for longevity and they are free and there are seemingly an endless supply.

I have two more empty earth boxes in the barn and I am saving those for tomatoes and zucchini.

Planted tomatoes, melon, cucumber and peppers inside on Saturday.  My sister-in-law got me a grow-lite for Christmas.  I am still worried about the warmth though.  I worry it’s not warm enough to sprout the seeds…. IMG_2299

I ordered my seeds from Territorial this year.  A friend and I spent a happy lunch hour choosing from the catalog!



There is never more decisive evidence of Spring than a violet. I have always loved these!


The date had us fooled. We thought it was the end of March.  We thought it was time to plant peas and work on my new herb garden.  Our friend thought it was a great day to come over and help put in our chicken door and fencing.  But, in reality we got snow. More snow than we have gotten in the three and a half years we have lived here. Surprise!  We got more than a foot..

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although there’s a big snow storm on the way, here is a little sign that spring will not be stopped!



These are my raised beds.  I resurrected them from a few years ago. I retightened all screws so they are ready to go.  I am trying to contain myself this year.  We’ll see… I have these two – another that is already in the garden saving the few bulbs of garlic I planted in the fall and a half one that has my strawberries.  I am also building a permanent herb garden around the sawed off trunk of an old tree so if I can manage all that, I will feel very accomplishful!  (I know it’s not a real word but you know what I mean!)


February 2023