Friday, May 12, 2017

Are You Herb Happy?

Herbs have been a part of my garden life for many years. My
love of lavender and my success growing them led me to try a 
few other herbs, then a few more. I wanted to be able to say I've 
grown them all and I have. Not any more. I have favorites and
that's what I stick too. I still put a few in the ground but the
last several years I use strawberry jars to grow my herbs. 
They're easier to maintain and are close to the kitchen door.

You may wonder why herbs are so popular. They are useful. 
We cook with herbs, preferably fresh. Herb infusions, tea and 
vinegars are easily made using herbs. You've heard the term 
aroma therapy? Herbs can be grown for its oils and thus create 
wonderful aroma blends. Their healing properties are well-
accepted going back centuries. Finally herbs can be enjoyed
simply for its beauty as a plant. Their scent is individualized:
balmy, savory, sweet, perfumed and spicy. Working in your 
garden planting and maintaining herbs can be quite relaxing
and intoxicating.

I hope you give herbs  a try. Grab a lavender plant and maybe
a Basil or some Lemon Thyme...pot them up, and enjoy!

I guarantee everyone will be tempted by their aroma. Mama
Hen liked the Mint while Sam (the Pug) was loving the Lemon

And, if there is extra... share! 

Thanks for stopping by,  Diana
Remember Mother's Day, Sunday May 14th

Friday, May 5, 2017

May Arrives

  "The world's favorite season is the spring.
  All things seem possible in May."
                                                                 ~Edwin Way Teale     
May arrived full of rain, wind and cool temperatures. Some of
us chose to ignore that and bought flowers. Some of us planted
said flowers and now we're nail biting. Most of us are storing 
our purchased flowers in the garage. Out during the day, in at 
night. Remember frost is still a possibility. Perennials and cool
weather crops can tolerate the drop in temperature. Fingers
crossed friends as we move to our safe planting date around
May 12-15th. 

The Pansy has been chosen as the 2017 annual Flower of the
Year. What a terrific bloomer. Friendly, easy to grow and the
varieties and colors are endless. Here's a beautiful example
I saw recently at the garden center.

Speaking of garden centers, my annual visit to a favorite place with
friend Marian yielded several great finds. Hydro Growers in 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio has it all. If you live close by, a visit is definitely 
worth it.

A garden is a friend you can visit anytime!

Even though we're a little frustrated by our area's current
weather pattern, there's much to be said for May. It's flower
time and planting time, it's a spring walk, it's putting your
face to the sun and smiling. Have a wonderful month!

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Friday, April 28, 2017

It's All About The Trees

Someone is sitting in the shade today
because someone planted a tree a
long time ago...
                                          ~Warren Buffett

We celebrate trees and all they give us. Arbor Day happens 
on the last Friday in April. 

The tree which moves some to tears of
joy is in the eyes of others only a green
thing that stands in the way. Some see
nature all ridicule and deformity... and
some scarce see nature at all. But to the
eyes of the man of imagination, nature
is imagination itself.
                                        ~William Blake

A man does not plant a tree for himself.
He plants it for posterity.
                                     ~Alexander Smith

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Friday, April 21, 2017

You Can Help!

Earth Day is an annual event to celebrate and demonstrate
support for environmental protection. It is also celebrated
world wide and events are coordinated globally by the Earth
Day Network.

The earth does not belong to us
We belong to the earth....
                                  ~Chief Seattle

Are you doing everything you can?

The message is it more than once a year!!!

How about an Earth Day joke? This comes from a little friend
of mine. So cute!
      "Why did the leaf go to the doctor?"
      "It was feeling GREEN!"

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happy Easter

Spring certainly shows us nature's cycle of life, death and rebirth.
We celebrate the blossoms, sprouts and buds.

We rejoice in a renewal of our spirit... our awakening spirit, alive
with hope. Like nature, like the dawn after the night, we surrender 
to the beginning... to the joy of the light.

Embrace the goodness

Thanks for stopping by, Diana

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Gives Us Lots To Do

It really is Spring. Promise. We knew this cold, rainy, spitting
snow type of weather was at hand, a couple days at least, then
Sunday a reprieve. I hope so because grandson Ethan and Sam
(the Pug) will be here and we all want to be outside. Insert big
smile, eyes to Heaven...prayerful request for a sunny and dry

Last weekend Ron and I were able to get a good start on yard
and garden cleanup, mowing and trimming. I've got a redo 
planned for the four large garden beds, meaning we had to 
pull out the old growth, add some new dirt and compost, then
Ron borrowed a rototiller to work it in.

Doors come off the potting shed, 

And my garden art comes out for the season.

We're stepping out into Spring, there's lots to do!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

New Month, New Beginning

"A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew,
  A cloud, and a rainbow's warning,
  Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue--
  An April day in the morning."
                              ~ Harriet Prescott Spofford

There's an energy about April.  She's breezy, blossoming,  
and budding. We appreciate her gorgeous colors of Spring
and feel rejuvenated with the extra daylight and the fresh
warming air.

No doubt April gets us outdoors; shucking our heavy outer-
wear we explore our yards. We notice the shoots and sprouts 
of  new growth, and begin planning for that garden or flower
bed. We are encouraged to walk or jog, clean out our garages,
even open the windows for a little fresh air.

We can expect the unexpected with April, she's challenging 
and changing. Gifted with beautiful weather one day, the next 
we will be expecting a frost or freeze. April prepares us and 
renews us. Her seasonal position between the old and the new
gives us a promise.... nature's cycle of death and rebirth will
continue. It is never more visible than during this month of 
spring, April's gift.

April brings us:
* April Fools' Day
* National Garden Month
* National Poetry Month
* Autism Awareness
* Easter
* Earth Day
*Arbor Day

Have a great month. Open yourselves to new possibilities!

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