Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Snowballs in April

 This week of April brings back so many memories for me.  Six years ago we brought our darling newborn baby home from the hospital to a glorious spring day.  At the time my mom still lived across the country, but she had flown to Alabama (where we lived at the time) to spend nearly a month with us.  It was the first southern spring I had experienced where I wasn't sitting in an office, and my mom and I had one of the best months ever enjoying the time with our new precious baby girl (while poor Justus had to work).  Since then I always anticipate this week of April, because I know it brings greener grass, warmer days and blooms aplenty.

 Now that we live in Tennessee, I also know this time of year brings a blossoming snowball bush and I love to fill our home with their fluffy white blooms. 

 When making a large bouquet, there are usually little blooms towards the bottom of the branch, just perfect for making a tiny bouquet. 

 Who knew an old jar that held peanut butter could look so pretty?  (wink)

And yes, even a large bouquet for the kitchen.   It's the first room I wander to in the morning and the blooms are a lovely reminder that spring is in the air.  

This past Sunday Jillian turned six years old and I can hardly believe how the time has flown, and yet so many wonderful memories have been made.  It just makes me want to savor every day I have with my family, being thankful for all that we have. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

I hope you and your family have a lovely Easter weekend! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cedar Poles in the Garden

Last year I saw Monticello's Gardens featured in a couple different magazines and I was so inspired by the organic materials used as supports in the vegetable garden that I knew I wanted to incorporate a few of the same ideas in our own vegetable garden. In particular, the poles used to support climbing beans and peas.  

Founding Gardener
Image via Martha Stewart

I included a picture of the gardens there... isn't it amazing?  One day I'd love to visit in person.

I showed Justus the pictures I had gathered and expected him to laugh, but he was all for the idea and said there were so many fallen cedar trees at my parents' farm that it would be easy to gather some to use.  One afternoon we bundled up for a hike in the woods and gathered cedar poles.  The poles needed to have the limbs removed first as you can see.

We used three poles per "trellis" and buried the base of the poles in the ground.

The tops of the poles are tied together with some jute rope. 

Yesterday the girls and I finally got the spring garden planted: lettuce, kale, broccoli and peas.  The poles will hopefully be a support for the climbing peas.

P.S.  You can see a glimpse of our new garden fence pictured.  I can't wait to show the entire thing to you, particularly since that will mean I've finished painting!  With nearly 300 pickets, it's taking me awhile.  (smile)

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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