• Garden Ponderings

    Yes, I have a LOT of gardens on my property, and YES, I spend a LOT of time trying to care for them.  So you might think I’m a good gardener, but really, I’m just winging it.  I have some failures mixed in with all the successes. There are so many mysteries in the gardens,… Read more »

  • First unOfficial Date Night of the Summer

    I love Memorial Day Weekend in that it’s the unofficial kickoff of the Summer. The forecast for the rest of this weekend is supposed to be near 90-degree temperatures and lots of sun. I love it. This is my happy place.  And being that it’s Friday, that can only mean one thing: it’s unofficially the… Read more »

  • Return of the Giant Allium

    Once upon a time, I splurged on eight Giant Allium bulbs. In the Fall of 2005, I spent $4.50 a piece for these. I planted them in my front garden and in the Spring of 2006, I was rewarded with spectacular tall purple globes! I adored them and the stunning effect they had in my… Read more »

  • Take a Hike

    For my 50th birthday (well over a year ago), I asked my son, a then outdoor recreation major in college,  to take me on a challenging hike.  I wanted to do something with some level of  difficulty to commemorate reaching 50 years of age and being pretty happy about being at a good fitness level. Well,… Read more »

  • Garden Tour

    It’s amazing how much things change in the garden in a week.  Actually, sometimes the big changes happen just overnight.  Earlier in the week, with our first day of sunshine, I actually witnessed changes in the matter of a few hours as I watched my bean patch go from dirt to a few sprouts popping… Read more »

  • Fairies Welcome

    We have been planning, dreaming and scheming about a blank section of our garden for months now.  Well, it wasn’t originally blank, but we didn’t like the overgrown plants that had taken over this section, so we had them all yanked out, leaving us a blank canvas to work with. We decided to put a… Read more »

  • Garden Tour

        It’s been three weeks since my last virtual garden tour.    The gardens are really starting to look beautiful.   Not only have WE been really busy working to get the gardens ready for Summer enjoyment, but Mother Nature certainly has been busy too.  Take a look . . . The Japonica is all… Read more »

  • This Week’s Menu

    I really do love planning meals and finding healthy options for us.  Since I can’t just sit and watch tv, I usually spend that time planning meals and menus for us for the week.  I’m a big Pinterest user, and I use this as a way of keeping my recipes organized and easily accessible. I’m… Read more »

  • Being a Mom

    My mother tells me that from the time I was a toddler, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’d always answer “a mommy”.  That is something that never changed as I grew up. I was blessed to have been given a son.  As happens with most moms, the minute I… Read more »

  • Garden Whimsy

    The weather has been so dreary lately.  Damp, dark and chilly.  For days on end now. And many more days of this same dreariness in the forecast. The beds are finally all cleaned up, weeded, edged and mulched. I’m going to have to go out in the rain soon and pull weeds again, as these… Read more »