I’ve made wreaths on this blog before so I won’t bore you with the details again. I’ve also made fun trees with grape vines that I love. But not this time… This time I’m making a wall! My girls want to grow climbing beans and I’ll be honest I prefer bush beans over pole beans […]
All this crisp autumn air has me taking long walks and lingering outside on these last snowless days, before the cold nips too hard or the animals disappear into their homes. It also has me storing up veggies, herbs, and seeds for next year. So as I shook out seeds from the Black Eyed Susan’s […]
It hadn’t rained in two weeks until last night and the smell of wet dirt was heavy in the air. My toddler and I set off to explore our back woods and check on the little forts we’d been slowly constructing over the summer.
Her fascination with moss caught my eye.
We grabbed her pink beach pail and began hunting for all kinds of moss on rocks, under trees, and strewn below the leaves. We examined textures, we talked about colors, and collected samples.
I let her fill a shallow punch bowl with fresh dirt and we arranged our new collection adding in a few favorite pinecones. Our moss garden was born, perfect for our kitchen table which doesn’t get direct sunlight. We mixed up a combination of milk and vinegar making buttermilk to feed the moss and encourage it to grow up onto our special pinecones.
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Take some time to explore your backyard, garden, or park with your toddler. Take an interest in what they notice and encourage interaction with the outdoor spaces around you. It’s a special time of wonder you don’t want to miss.
Earlier this spring an acquaintance advised they were removing an entire row of raspberries from their garden. At $10-$20 a plant at any nursery I grabbed my shovel and invited myself over on digging day. I’d stashed my toddlers kiddy pool in the trunk and within the hour I had it full of baby raspberry bushes. […]
Here is a great idea to celebrate a special friendship in your life. Find a pair of worn out boots and fill with your favorite flowers. One of the boots is for your friend while the other is for you. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life. Beginning with a seed of trust, nurtured […]
In mid Michigan the winter can get long, really long, to the point where I want to buy potted plants to smell dirt and see the color green again. I’m also horrible about eating lettuce before it spoils in my fridge. Solution: pick when you need it lettuce. About two weeks before Christmas I pulled […]
As we pulled up to the u-pick flower farm the stillness of the jeweled field of flowers was so calming. Alone except for the beetles, bees, and turkeys on the hedgerow. We helped ourselves to some snips and a basket, trekking through the morning dew and muddy lanes to find perfect stems.
My toddler chases butterfly’s while I fill the basket with more tones of red than I knew existed. Tones to bright and vivid to be found on any paint chip or computer screen.
Paying $3 for a fistful of flowers seems like robbery and I understood when I saw the sign posted above the little cash bucket. This would be the final season for u-cut flowers. A field full of blooms for as many years as I can remember was coming to a close. The end of the summer season seems frosty knowing this would be my last visit to a well loved garden.
Arranging flowers this beautiful wasn’t hard for me. I left them as wild as I could wanting to bring some of the garden into my kitchen and bedroom. If you want more info on how to arrange flowers check out my earlier post.