Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Cheery Cherry Season

The market is full of delights in July: fresh vegetables, berries, red cherries for pie!

~Louise Weaver/Helen LeCron
 "A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina's Best Recipes", 1917


 Oh I do love cherry season!  Cherries are as delicious as they are beautiful... and usually very expensive.  I wait until they are on sale and then indulge to my heart's content.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Keeping Pests Out of the Garden Organically

When I say pests, I mean bugs, insects, creepy crawlies and the like.  And they are not welcome in my vegetable garden.  I will make exceptions for bees, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, and praying mantis (and the occasional spider).

Because of Lilah Rose and grandchildren who visit, I want to ward off pests naturally.  No Orkin man or regular bug spray for us!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In the Garden ~ Bunnies Bunnies All Around


Bunnies, bunnies, all around and not a carrot in sight!

My husband took these photographs of the baby bunnies in our zucchini patch with his GoPro camera.   We have counted four bunnies in and out of the nest.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Cottage Garden Variety


Green has never been a favorite color of mine until now. Everything is growing up green and I'm loving it!

Cucumbers

Thursday, June 25, 2020

May I Introduce You To... the Baby Bunnies!


Today is the first day that the baby bunnies are able to be seen in the nest.  Oh goodness, I wanted so badly to hold one and give it a kiss on the head.  I didn't though.  Aren't they adorable?!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Rhythm of Days ~ Gardening

Early most mornings, you will find me in the garden.  I like to work before the summer heat sets in.

The vegetable plants are doing very well. I have been diligent about watering, pruning, and encouraging them.  Gardening brings me so much joy and satisfaction.

Monday, June 22, 2020

A Quieter and More Gentle Life

With every passing day, I am convinced that my desire for a quieter and more gentle life is God's provision to survive these days that are upon us.

I don't recognize the land that I live in any longer.  The change was gradual at first.  I saw the signs but had hope that sensibilities would prevail.  And they did not.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Little Nursery Update

The days seem to just fly by.  I thought it was high time for a bunny nursery update.  Last week, I posted that we discovered a mama bunny digging and filling a nest with grass and leaves in our zucchini patch.

As you can see in this photograph, the nest looks a little different than in the last photograph.  When a mama bunny gives birth to her babies in the nest, she then covers them up with more grass, leaves, and flowers and pats it all down on top of them.  My husband saw her doing this.  I wish I'd seen it!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Barefoot in Buttercream

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

I love this quote.  Though it is about a garden, I think it applies to finding beauty in the ordinary.

When winter has passed, you will find me more often than not barefoot.  I love the way the earth feels under my feet.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Prepping the Nursery

There is prepping the nursery and then there is prepping the NURSERY!  Our garden is growing by leaps and bounds ~ so much so that a mama bunny has decided to build her nursery in our raised bed of zucchini and squash.

Lilah Rose noticed mama bunny first.  Lilah likes to sit by the glass back door and watch "her stories" aka all the wildlife frolic in the yard and gardens.  Early one morning, mama bunny nibbled as much grass as she could stuff in her cheeks and then hopped into the planter.  A few moments later, she hopped out, grazed, and hopped back in again.  Wash Rinse Repeat