In a Vase on Monday 6.12.17

It is a glorious morning on the hill, Iris blossoms are here again.  The sweet yellow flowers remind me of songs from “Jacque Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.”  I call them iris songs–If We Only Have Love.I Loved…. all entwined with iris flowers.  Isn’t is funny how flowers and songs combine with memory?

The little white flowers in the vase are from the rhurbarb. You can see its prehistoric flowers in the background. Miss Sally made us pie and coffee cake and Brian is making wine from the rhubarb.

If you look on the hill,  you will see the newly mown fields. They expect to bring in about 100 bales of hay.  Soon, very soon, we will gather in the fields to dance together again. “Yes! To dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free.”

Thanks to Cathy Rambling In The Garden for hosting the weekly gathering of flowers In A Vase on Monday.  It has been a fun way to mark the changes in the garden.

End of the Month View: May

All things seem possible in the garden at the end of May. Harry and I have been busy with laying out paths, setting the string line for planting rows of garden goodness. It is a sweet time of year we enjoy together. I find a deep fulfilling satisfaction working the land with love together.

Petunias are potted up and setting first blooms. Daffodils are through with blooming and Sweet William is growing strong. We will have our first garden salad soon. Strawberry blossom bursts show the beginnings of berries. 

The blue barrel is full of nettle brewing into tea for a nourishing watering. I plan to add the comfrey to brew with it. Rhurbarb is ready to sent out it prehistoric giant flowers. We like to let it bloom in its magnificence. 

Harry mulched the onions and leeks. The corn, carrots, beets, turnips and scallions have emerged. Parsnips and parsley are planted and the tax day peas are going strong!

There are still Zinnia and tomatoes under the row cover.  It’s been a bit chilly still, but they are going out too!

We will be putting in beans, squashes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli this week.

Tuesday View 5.30.17

So much going on everyday in our gardens and on the land.  The Memorial Garden has been left to its own devices and is growing strong! The sweet pansies are such an uplift.  I find that Flower Power is practice of opening my heart to the beauty that is right in front of me. In times of trouble, I choose beauty whenever possible and let my Self be comforted by the sheer yellowness or lilac essence of the living flowering plant.  Harry often advises to ” say it with flowers.”  I do concur.


Petunias have their first blooms!  I plucked them right off after the photo so they might establish a little bit more.  The Sweet William transplant has new growth in it’s new home.


The pansies are bursting with new blooms after being deadheaded severely. The flowering quince has new leaf growth after being moved, but still no flowers. I don’t know if it is past the flowering stage or not.


And the lilac bud I’ve been following has opened.  I do so love the smell of lilacs all around. Such a short time.  Another Flower Power teaching: Be here now, don’t miss the lilacs!


Beulah’s giant yellow flower is pushing up and growing daily.  This is the only clump allowed to stay.  I’ve been snipping off anything emerging elsewhere.


Another “what the heck is this?” plant popped up this week.  No idea what it might be, or in who’s memory it may be planted.  The Flower of an Unknown Loved One.


Another unknown, but there are some ideas floating around about what it might be. Sure is healthy though. 


There are little flower spikes coming out.  I think of the picture book Miss Rumphus when I see lupines. She left the world more beautiful by planting lupine seed everywhere she could.  Great idea!


Thank you Cathy at Words and Herbs for hosting The Tuesday View.  It is a great way to see the changes. Lots more to do for sure, mulching, a few more annuals, decorations and cutting a walkway around the border

In a Vase on Monday 5.29.30

Lilacs have arrived! Just in time to join the only tulips of the spring and one last apple blossom. Oh the sweetness! I bury my face in the lilacs, breath deep and am infused with the heady essence. Lilacs are one of my oldest and dearest fragrance memories.


As a young child I gathered lilacs to make flower crowns to dance with my fairy folk friends in an imaginary land I would visit. 

I would sing “Let’s go dancing with the fairies wearing lilacs, pretty lilacs, lilacs in my hair.”   There was twirling and magic fairy dust involved.  It was an enchanted time for me. 

Over 50 years later, I hum that very same song to myself as I gather lilacs. If I am inspired to twirl a bit as I take in the deep lilac magic aroma, I sometimes spy in the corners of the whirl, my fairy friends calling me to place the lilacs in my hair again and join them.


The top view of my offering for In a Vase on Monday, a delightful weekly blog.  I super enjoy viewing all of the arrangements and variety. 

In a vase on Monday 5.22.17

Apple blossom time on The Hill! Dear sweet pink tulip only gave two blooms this year.  They match beautifully with the pink blush of the buds. I’m so inspired by the artful arrangements each week for In a Vase on Monday.  I took extra care setting the background and placing the tulips.  Harry had me set it up so the western light would light up the arrangement without sacrificing true color. 


The overhead view.  The little blossom nestling the tulip is especially endearing to me. Cuddling up.

Come and meet the apple trees on The Hill.  I had a lovely a photo inventory walk.  I plan to photo the apples that come from the trees.  They have different ripening times from mid summer to late fall.  I don’t know any names or varieties….yet!


Cannabis in May

It is a joyful and triumphant act to be able to legally grow our medical cannabis.  I don’t know what’s going to happen with the reactionary crazy folks in charge now.  We will continue to get up and stand up for our rights.  I am just too old to go back to crawling in the woods for guerrilla growing. 

They were started from seed. I snipped off the tops and the side branches are looking good. The strains are claimed to be Orange Crush, Chronic and and Master Kush.  Hard to know what seeds actually are when you work with male and female flowers.

I have great respect and admiration for my husband. Harry is a true warrior in the cause of cannabis liberation. He spoke out and was derided and ridiculed.  He stood up for cannabis and spent his time in jail.  But he didn’t stop and kept calling us together to free the weed.

Hey baby, There ain’t no easy way out. Gonna stand my ground and I won’t back down.

Tuesday View 5.16.17

Not a lot but of new action this week.  We had days and days of rainy cold weather. I planted petunias and transplanted some sweet William and they made it through the chilly damp just fine. 


The petunias should cascade down the bank. I still need to haul the roots up to the top of the hill.  I’d like to put them along the boarder line up there.


Tex’s yellow rose has strong growth shoots this week.


The lupine is very happy and did grow some this week.


You wouldn’t guess to look at it, but this little shoot will get 7-12 feet high and produce copious amounts of yellow sunflower-like bloom. I’ve been digging them out hard but I know they will come up all over.


Cathy at Garden Dream at Chatillon suggested this might be helenium. It is certainly healthy! 

The lilac buds are a little bigger too!  Have to look close but there is a little bit of change this week

That’s it for the Tuesday View this week.  Thank you Cathy at Words and Herbs blog for hosting this project.  I’m looking forward to going looking at the other garden views!