Here's the garden after I've done some @provenwinners Vista Supertunia petunia trimming. You can see how lush it was in the July 2019 garden tour video that I posted yesterday to YouTube. Link is first up in my bio links. I'm feeling so blessed to have so many comments and subscribers to my YouTube channel. If you want to see the garden each month, hit the subscribe button over on YouTube. And if there is a topic you want me to cover, let me know. I'm working on some 'how to' videos for the Succulent arrangements I do and a zen garden arrangement. More to come.
6 weeks to The Wedding of my son to his lovely fiance. I'm hosting the rehearsal party here in the garden. Every morning I have a coffee in the garden and watch the plants grow along with the weeds. This summer has been crazy for weed growth. This morning I pulled weeds that filled two paper yard waste bags. On Wednesday I did two then too. Sometimes what I'm pulling are prickly and uncomfortable to pull without gloves. You know how it goes....drink your coffee, see a weed, pull it, see another one, pull it, then see one with thorns and think you won't get one in you, swear because you don't have your gloves on, get your gloves, weed some more....an hour passes and you see dramatic changes in the garden. Coffee needs to heated up...except for today cause it's an oven outside. It feels like 42°C! So while I pull the weeds and appreciate the beauty around me, I start to get excited about the next 6 weeks of the wedding countdown. A garden is like a marriage. Both need nurturing, love and support from a community who care. Let the count down begin!!!!!
June 2019 garden tour is up on YouTube. Seriously proud of how the garden has evolved. It truly amazes me how gorgeous it is. As a gardener, you experience so many trials and failures before magic happens. I believe this month, the magic happened. Enjoy.
I've waited 12 years for this Rhubarb. So I thought I'd take a photo like Karen of @theartofdoingstuff with her leeks, Erin of @floret with her flowers and Melanie of @dahliamayflowerfarm with her tulips. Anything you grow in the garden that makes you patiently wait is worthy of a photo. This rhubarb is from my parent's patch that I transplanted 12 years ago. We got a dog shortly after and I got nervous about dogs and food. Our dog passed away almost two years ago and last year the 50 year old walnut died. And you know what, the rhubarb finally grew now that it had sun and no animal issues. And got flowers (which I cut off). And it was Laura at @gardenanswer who spoke about the right way to harvest rhubarb. You do Not cut it, instead it's pulled from the bottom. The plant will be happier. Gardening is about community. Sharing ideas, sharing tips and sharing plants and food. Yesterday my sister came and took home a truck full of plants that we divided just for her. Some of the best hostas and variegated Iris went to her garden. Why...because I got them from other gardeners and they needed to be shared again. So now that I have 16 cups of rhubarb in the freezer, what should I make? And when will you be here to eat it?
What a glorious week in the garden. The apple trees, plum, crabapple, red bud, dogwood, horse chestnut tree and purple sand cherries are all in bloom along with the tulips. This is definitely the week to share this garden. Just posted the monthly garden tour up on YouTube. I've added the tree names in the video. Next month I'll be showcasing succulent arrangements that have yet to be done. It feels good to be out in nature, digging in the dirt and unable to be on my phone. The garden is the ultimate digital detox for me. #DirtyHandsandNails #ItsJustDirt #YesIHaveCleanClothesMrNeighbour
Finally made my way to @wychwoodbarns to get some delicious glutenfree dairy free breads and treats from @delishkitch. I purchased and enjoyed a rhubarb cherry scone, a Mediterranean vegan tart and three loaves of bread. We taste tasted the single varieties of olive oil we purchased in Portugal and a bottle of Tuscan herb we got at Christmas. I realized that saving these bottles was silly as they would go bad eventually. So we made a fantastic tasting lunch that was filled with lots of healthy and delicious food. And all the olive oils and breads were so good. Do you enjoy tasting lunches?
It's Marketing Monday. 🔊📈 Today were chatting about Drag and Drop website development.📱💻🖥 I recently started using Showit 5 for my new website. As I worked on the launch, I made a list of things to consider if that's the route you're considering. I find when I'm exploring a new platform, that's the best time to capture what worked and what frustrated me. After a while, you get so use to a new technology, you forget the learning curve. So this post (link in bio) is for anyone thinking their site needs a refresh and there must be a better way to work on a site than in previous years. The good news...there are several options. Enjoy the read, Jo
Happy 26th birthday to my beautiful daughter Rachelle, who takes on life with an adventurous spirit, an infectious laugh and a heart of gold. Here's another year filled with adventures, new and old friends, amazing hikes, warm hugs, calls to your mama, trying new artwork and encouraging others to play outdoors. We all love you so much. Special thanks to @mattrowlandson for creating an awesome birthday weekend for @adventureinthebackcountry. Check out little Rachelle in the photos. Full of laughter and smiles then and now. Happy birthday Rachelle!!!!
Happy Mother's Day weekend to every mom or person who identifies as a mom. What's the best gift you can give your mom this weekend...TIME. Your time. Call her. Visit her. Video chat with her. Every mom loves those moments when she gets to hear your voice and ask her how she is. Sure flowers, plants and other gifts are lovely, but they are things. Your time and I love you Mom are the best gifts of all. A special note to any mom who is grieving the loss of a baby, child, or adult child. Sending you so much love this weekend and may you hear your sweet angel whisper I love you Mom in your dreams. All mothers are sending you love and a giant hug. Wishing you all a joy and love filled weekend. Jo
Oh what a difference a week makes. I posted my monthly YouTube video of the garden a week ago. These magnolia were mostly safe in their furry jackets and look at them now. Since then, despite the cool weather, the trees have bloomed and the other trees are slowly developing their leaves. Admittedly, the April garden tour is not the stunner video that the May one will be, but it shows foundation and what is blooming early in the season. I'm looking forward to shooting the May video. The May 2017 video now has over 13,000 views and to think I sent it to 6 people to show how the garden was progressing. I do the videos to show progress not perfection in the garden. The garden is a metaphor for life. Keep working at anything, and you will grow and blossom like these magnolia.