Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Stroll - August Gold

Will you walk through the garden with me,
on a golden day in August?

Will you marvel with me over the thriving dill patch,
alive with tiny wild creatures?

Will you hold your breath as a large moth
emerges from the soil
along with golden Kennebec potatoes?

Will you be surprised, like me,
to find a round glowing pumpkin,
already ripe?

Pumpkin Jack (aka PJ) the garden cat, will weave between our feet,
as we walk to the chicken yard,
to find the golden rod bursting into bloom.

Can we linger for a while?
Will you stay and breathe the sweet air,
as August warms the earth?

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.

If you have a few moments, please check out Steve's stroll Out on the Prairie.  
That first photo may take your breath away!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Root Cellar

 This newly completed root cellar is a blank canvas. Can't wait to color it in with the hues of harvest!
Wherever you are, whatever the weather,  I wish you abundant joy.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Sunday Stroll - Farming

Our garlic has been drying in open air racks for two weeks now. Yesterday I spent hours trimming enough garlic to fill orders at several local markets.

The hard, dry stalks went into an over sized wheel barrow.

The best heads of garlic went into boxes for delivery on Monday morning.

The less perfect heads went into a big pail, for storage in the root cellar. This will be our own garlic for the year. These taste great and the quality is still excellent, they just aren't as "magazine perfect" as those we sell, and those we plant for next year.

We began the day with a walk through an antique fair at the county fairground, then worked all afternoon. It was a beautiful day , but I was ready to rest in the farmhouse when my work was finally done.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.

Catch up with Steve at Out on the Prairie for his stroll.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Technical. DIfficulties

I am having trouble with some technology. I have been unable to acceds the comments on my blog. I hope to have things unraveled and sorted out soon!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Stroll - Flower Garden Tour

On a cloudy day in late July,
the flowers in the garden glow.
Wild yellow snap dragons
 transplanted from 
the weedy edges of the garden,

and Purple Cone flower bloom in profusion
in the Corner Herb Garden.

Mexican Tarragon is a golden blaze,
in an old copper pot with pink vinca
and blue-leaved eucalyptus.

In the new kitchen garden,
Pink Wave petunias blush
in front of a border of Thai and Italian Basil.

Marigolds add spicy color on the east end
of the border, 

while Blue Borage and Spiky Anise Hyssop
wave a friendly welcome
 to every passing pollinator
down on the western end.

Up in the vegetable garden enclosure,
a new bed of herbs and cutting flowers
is bursting into bloom.

Dill, Cilantro and Parsley
are lush and green,

amid Coreopsis,

and Cosmos
 in several shades of pink.

After touring the flower gardens,
my canine companion and I wander further afield.

We walk toward the storm clouds
at the end of the field.

we walk
 deep into the meadow
that offers both 

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.

If you would like to follow Steve around the Walnut Woods, head on over to Out on the Prairie.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Stroll - Letting the Lawn Go

The un-mowed lawn becomes biodiverse
in just a few short seasons.

It is still green,
but flecked with color.

Overhead, the leaves and the sky 
shimmer in the summer light.

The lawn becomes a meadow instead,
a place of peace
and restoration.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you serenity.

If you have a moment, head on over to Steve's Out on the Prairie 
for a little taste of prairie style serenity.