July 27, 2015

hey punkin'!

Over the weekend we had a bit of a break in the weather and it made me start thinking and dreaming of all things fall.  I know, I know, technically it is still July, but when August hits for me, I am all over fall things, and dreaming of the seasons and scents and holidays to come.  I do love summer, don't get me wrong.  Summer is the season of growing things!  But I have to say on a list of most to least favorite... summer is my least favorite.  I just don't like the heat.

But ALL things aside!  This year my new thing I'm trying in the garden, is to grow a pumpkins!  We have a small yard and my 'garden' or so I call it, is mostly containers... so I'm not really letting my vines grow to and fro like most would do.  I've been trimming them back and just letting a couple do their thing.  One thing I had to figure out (thanks hubby) was that I needed to pollinate the pumpkins by hand because they just weren't growing.  Once I learned how to do that, I had a couple babies, and I am so excited to see how big these things get before Halloween.  I've read that you need to carefully rotate pumpkins as they grow (so they keep an even shape) so I've turned this little lady once already.  She's about the size of a softball.  I wonder if I should give her a name.

Also exciting in the yard right now, is that my Freesias have finally bloomed.  My mom dug up her yard last fall, and reconstructed her beds, so she gave away a bunch of bulbs and I ended up with these beauties.  It was basically a surprise what color they would be.  They turned out to be the same gorgeous orange as my Day Lilies, and the even better news, is that my day lilies have come and done their thing and gone away, just in time for the freesias to bloom.  I'm thinking I might dig some of the bulbs up and mix them into my day lily beds.  I just love this gorgeous orange up against our little blue house, and I'm even more excited about the timing.  By the time one flower has gone another pops open.

This is the joy, and the learning curve of having a garden full of bulbs.  Every year somehow I get another one or two mixed in, and every year I get to watch more and more of them come up in their own due time, do their thing, and then return back to the earth.

Somehow this year, I think I've grown more connected to all the seasons in a way.  I'm starting really to connect with and appreciate the life cycle we go through from year to year, season to season.  There is beauty in all things.  And just because one something has died or come to an end, doesn't mean another something isn't ready to start growing, or giving.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend, what are your plans for August?  We have one month of summer fun left!  :)


July 15, 2015

Oh Happy Day!

I've never really considered myself a gardener in the true sense of the word.  I can't say I've had a vegetable garden, ever.  Sure from year to year I've tried to grow a few things, and I'm sure you'll hear more about them as the summer months go on, but the truth be told, I am really only here for one thing.  And that's to grow flowers.

I'm a big fan of bulbs, because we live in a climate that, I don't have to dig my bulbs up before winter.  I'm grateful for that, however I've discovered a little trick, and that's simply to plant bulbs in pots, so that if you do need to move them for whatever reason, be it winter, or landscaping changes, or pesky squirrels... it's as simple as moving the pot they are in... and I have a lot of pots.  Let me tell you.  Some women can't pass up a good deal on a new pair of shoes, for me it's a flower pot.  All shapes and sizes, some of them don't even have anything in them, because well I just have more flower pots than I know what to do with.

Getting back to my point though... one of my great loves of summer, is the beauty it brings in the form of flowers.  Next to spring and watching all those bulbs come up each year, having a cutting garden full of flowers is my absolute favorite thing about summer.

Both of these little beauties have held up to the heat really well this year.   They are both growing in full sun, and seem to be drought tolerant.  The pinky-purple flowers are called Homestead Purple Verbena, they are a darling ground cover plant with tiny blooms.  I love cutting little stems for medicine bottles, and these are perfect for that.  The daisy like flowers are called Gazanias.  They are a shorter stem than a daisy (about 6 inches tall), and come in a beautiful array of colors from yellow, to orange, to reds and purples...  These are great in pots and seem to keep flowering from spring to fall.  I have these in other colors, so I'm sure you'll be seeing more of them soon!

What are your favorite things about summer?  Do you have a favorite flower you love to grow?

July 2, 2015

this is a test

this is only a test.

It's become clear that my new year's plans of building this site, have become a mid summer's dream... but that's okay.  So many things have changed over the last several months, yet so many things remain the same.

You could say I'm headed in the right direction, finally, with a clearer idea of what it is I really want from this handmade lifestyle we live.  You could say I've learned how to do all of this backwards.  How to start a handmade business, and turn it into a sustainable lifestyle...  It's been a challenge, there were so many things I didn't know about business, the kinds of things you don't really figure out until you try, and do, and fail, and pick yourself up and try again.  I call this learning.

Hoping the first part of 2015 has treated you well, brought you on fabulous adventures, and has left you excited for what's to come.

So far this year I have learned that less is more.  I've learned that it's okay to walk away, it's okay to change your mind, it's okay to try again.

Sometimes all we really need to do is start over.

So here I am, and here you are.  Thank you for reading.  Thank you for joining me.  You are a part of my journey.  I wouldn't be here, if it weren't for you.  :)

♥ Janell