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Monday, September 9, 2019

Italy is calling

Italy is calling and I must go!

 I can't resist. 

Be well dear Friends, 


Sunday, August 18, 2019

A country wedding

We had a country Wedding

Country Bouquets for a country wedding.

We introduced his parents to each other.

A perfect day.
Two young people begin a new life together. 
Two families, from different parts of the world, will now be linked forever. 

When there are not enough beds, tents will have to do.  

Wishing you a great week ahead. 


Monday, July 15, 2019

Not enough time

It's all right.
I love what I see even if it isn't perfect.

Wild roses seeking support.

Salpiglossis are a challenge.

Poppies are amazing.
Yank out the entire plant, singe the stem and every poppy head will open. 
A poppy bouquet for a week. 

More rain than usual brought on the berries.

I have eaten the rest. 

I can grow figs in Utah ...in my greenhouse.

Nasturtiums grow easily from seed.

Who can resist an Opium Poppy?

The hay barns will be filled to the rafters.  

We will most likely have 3 crops of Alfalfa this year, 
who knows, maybe even four. 

Wishing you a bountiful week ahead. 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

They never dissapoint

Each year they bloom larger and stronger

My tuberous begonias  are more than 15 years old. 
They take a long nap in the dark and under a bench in my greenhouse. 
They have never been fed nor have they been repotted.  

Poppies volunteer.
I never know where they will pop up next. 

So green this year.  We had a lot of rain this Spring.

Salpiglossis have to be seeded every year. 

The pie cherries are just turning color. 
So far, the birds have not discovered them.  

Every fruit tree is laden with fruit.  Only the apples are taking a break
(they do that every other year). 

And miracles upon miracles, our 25 year old apricot tree is covered with fruit for the first time ever.

Take care dear friends. 


Monday, June 24, 2019

Let me begin where I left off.

  It was still winter. 

When my life changed.

And then the first bouquet from my garden,

Easter came and went 

Little Sadie, a Golden Labrador arrived.

She had me fooled right from the start. 

Daffodils and Tulips were next. 

Daffodils reaching for skies so blue. 

And Sadie is growing like a weed. 

Lilacs didn't freeze this year. 

Sometimes friends, sometimes not. 

A sheltered spot is still needed. 
The winds are fierce.

Daisies are back.
The garden is planted. Another garden year has begun. 

Take care dear friends. 


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Growing Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

We live in zone 3.  My seeds were planted in the middle of March.

In warmer climates, Sweet Peas should be planted in February. 

At least 2 to 3 weeks before planting start germinating seeds in a plastic bag.

  Place moistened paper towel and seeds into plastic bag.  Keep top open and place by window.

Besides collecting my own seeds I will be ordering these "Wiltshire Ripples" from Thompson and Morgan.

Check seeds a few times and rinse them in cold water  (to prevent  mildew) and return to plastic bag.  After  about 2 weeks your seeds will have sprouted and they are ready to be planted.  Sprouts look very tender but they are sturdy and are easily handled. 

It is the "odoratus"  and "fragantissima" varieties which have the most heavenly scent.  
Among the most fragrant Sweet Peas are the blue varieties. 

"Molly Rilestone"  maybe my most favorite Sweet Pea.

Have a wonderful weekend my dear Friends.



Thursday, January 31, 2019

Must paint more bowls

Large or small, it doesn't matter.  

No matter how many bowls I paint I never get to keep any of them. 
Unless they come out of the kiln as a reject. 
That is the fun part.  I never know. 

Some of my bowls take a little more time to paint.

Some are sweet and simple.

And then there is everyone's favorite, blue, blue and more blue. 

I enjoy painting this border.  I make it up as I go along.  It never ends up looking the same.  


Happy and easy.

Sometimes I even paint the outside.

Some hold a lot, some little. 

This is still my favorite bowl.  

Have a great remainder of the week, dear friends, 


Monday, January 28, 2019

Thank Goodness for my little Greenhouse

Over the years I have discovered that many of my garden flowers do well in my winter greenhouse. 

Early in the year I pot up a few annuals such as poppies, snapdragons, petunias, pansies and especially nasturtiums.  They bloom all Summer outside and continue blooming in my winter greenhouse.

My "antique" plate, painted in 2005, is still around.  Just couldn't part with it.  It has all the right flaws.  
This petunia changes yellow and red combinations, all on the same plant.  Sometimes they tend do be a solid red, then they change to a solid yellow and often they are a combination of both and in different patterns. 

When all else fails my geraniums never stop blooming.  I must take new cuttings to rejuvenate some of the more special colors. 

Have a wonderful week.
Thank you dear friends for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments.  You are so appreciated.