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.
It's Marketing Monday. Today's tips are on 5 best practices on website testing before you launch. Link to post in bio. Whether you're a solo-preneur, small business or large enterprise, these tips are a must do before a website launch. One final tip, no matter how much you test, things will go wrong. Have your team ready to action quickly on any issues that arise in the days after launch. Sending a big thank you to all the wonderful friends and family who offered guidance on my new website before, during and post launch. Be open to input. Your website feels like a baby you're giving birth too, so be thankful for input from others and know your site will be even better with their support. Here's to helping you grow! Jo
When we picked the sink for Riverbend we thought long and hard about how we use our sink. The trend right now is one big single farmhouse sink but we knew we'd have dishes on one side drying while using the other side to water plants, clean hands and get water. We are super glad with our choice. And while we're talking plants, these Succulents got watered once a month all winter and grew babies. The third photo is another plant that can go for a month without water. I adore house plants, I'm just not that good with watering them. Oh, and that gorgeous faucet is Trinsic in Champagne bronze by @DeltaFaucetCan. Sink and faucet from @HomeDepotCanada Succulents from @Costco_Canada Additional plant from @Dahliamayflowerfarm
Today during a discussion on sales and talking about an ideal customer's pain points, one of the members of our Bschool mastermind asked why it had to be a pain point and not a joy point? That got me thinking. We focus so much copy on FUD...fear, uncertainty and doubt...and less on gratitude, joy, and happiness. Does FUD still work? I feel blessed to have a woman like @ericaross.joy look at life through a joy lense. Thanks for asking for clarity on pain points Erica. With over 25 years of marketing, no one has asked me that question. Why can't it be a joy point. Why can't messages be about a positive outcome. I'd love your thoughts. Do you respond more to FUD or to Joy?