‘First Cuts’ From the Garden

Last weekend the weather was beautiful and the weekend was even more beautiful because we enjoyed the 'first cuts' from the garden. Fresh greens...tender, light and so delicious. Some of Johnny Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds arugula came from a small section of a spring pot I planted few weeks ago.  I like to mix edibles with …

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Being Versatile

I am so pleased to share I've been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! The kind and creative Elaine from rainyleaf.com thoughtfully nominated my blog for it's very first award. Thank-you Elaine! I so enjoy your creations at rainyleaf. The timing couldn't have been more perfect either as I find the middle of Spring demands …

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Friday Favorite: An Inspirational Garden in the Rugged Owyhee Mountains

The Owyhee Mountains are located in high altitude Intermountain desert where sagebrush and lava rock are aplenty.  It is a rugged area and you can tell this by taking a quick visual scan of the landscape.  The fortitude of the region gives a big clue as to rigor of the climate and the lifestyle.  You …

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Let the Bells of Ireland Sing!

Ever mistaken a desired flower for a weed?  I have a bit of a story to tell regarding  Moluccella laevis a.k.a. 'Bells of Ireland'.  Just in case you are not familiar with 'Bells of Ireland' it is an annual plant producing beautiful light green flowers, shaped like bells, on strong sturdy stems. 'Bells of Ireland' …

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I like Sambucus…

Say the word Sambucus...(sam-boo-kus)... Isn't it just  fun to say?  I think so but maybe my judgement has been swayed a bit because Sambucus can be an amazing specimen in your garden. Sambucus (also known as elderberry) is a genus of shrubs that can be used in many ways including food, drink, medicine and a great food …

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Purple Rain, Purple Reign

Now maybe it's because I was in high-school and college in the 80's that certain Prince songs are permanently embedded in my brain, but the other day an old favorite popped into my head while perusing the garden. Purple rain, purple rain....purple rain, purple rain... Yes, we had just received another shower (we are having so …

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