Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lovely Summer

Wow, it's been quite a month, I apologize for my absence here on the blog but things have been busy!
There is so much going on in the garden these days, planting, weeding, watering, as well as keeping the more invasive plants in check to allow room for others to grow. As always, keeping up with things out there is a challenge, but my garden loving husband and I do enjoy these summer days in the garden.

I took these pictures two or three weeks ago because June is my absolute favorite time in the flower garden. The perennials are beginning to bloom but are still young and fresh. If only I could figure out how to prolong this stage a little longer!

The luna moth above was discovered on our back porch one morning a couple of weeks ago, I'm always in total awe when I encounter one of these beautiful moths.

The pink flowers you see here are polygonum bistorta superbum. (knotweed)  I love this plant for it's cheerful beauty, versatility and hardiness. It is a June bloomer here in Maine, though there are a few still blooming now in July. It seems to thrive in this spot at the edge of the woods, receiving both sun and shade and in moist soil. In fact, it seems to thrive in any situation it finds itself in here at our place, a real survivor!

Here you see the flowers in early stages to full size.

June was also graduation month for a very special girl in my life, youngest daughter, Lydia.  Such a happy day for all. You can see it on her face, I wonder if you can pick her out of the crowd? (lower right!) 
A small gathering of family and friends followed with games, late dinner, ice cream sundaes, a campfire and fireworks!

Loving life on the deck this summer, morning tea, a cold beer at the end of the day, can't beat it. Talk soon!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May Garden

It's May again, garden time. Feels so good to be spending more time outdoors ... raking, digging, hoeing, planting. There are already small lettuces and radishes growing and the peas and spinach are up as well. Today I planted bush beans and pole beans. I hope they grow quickly!
A late afternoon stroll around the garden with my camera found long shadows and golden light, beautiful May!

Friday, April 27, 2012

April's End

Hi all, with the arrival of spring comes an incredible busyness, which feels good and purposeful after a quiet winter. The to do lists are long this week and long range plans are in the works too, spring is always like this!

I will be adding these new note cards to my Etsy shop very soon , got some more new art in the works too.

In the midst of all the work and plans this week came the sweet discovery of a wonderful movie called The Way.  It is the story of a father who unexpectedly finds himself in Spain on a pilgrimage, traveling the route of the 'Way of St. James', or the El Camino de Santiago as it is better known. This route, in real life, has been traveled by pilgrims all over the world for over 1000 years for both religious and personal reasons.  I would love to do this month long + walk! The film is a gem, with beautiful scenery and a sincere and heartfelt story. The soundtrack has some beautiful compositions by  Tyler Bates, and others.  Check it out...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

spring is here!

I've been looking back over some of my older blog entries, to about a year back when the crocuses in my garden bloomed so prettily and I posted a picture of them. Time sure does fly, because now they are blooming again, in fact, I think that maybe they have already run their course and now the lilacs and daffodils are stepping up.

I love springtime, possibly more than any other season, though I can find reasons to love each and every one if I think about it. But spring is the best. New growth, being out in the warm sun after so many weeks inside, new plans in the garden, hard work to wake up muscles that have been resting all winter. Not to mention lengthening days with early sunrises and late sunsets.

 I'm working outside this week as much as I can, cleaning up the garden and yard ... planting seeds ... walking around with so many plans and projects in my head.

Another thing I'd like to share this week is new music, and very nice music too! Somewhere in my travels online I discovered The Paper Kites. I haven't heard a single song by them that I don't love.    Listen here and here ... happy spring!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Farmer's Market Day

When I was on a family vacation in Palm Beach recently I visited the local farmer's market on a Saturday morning, before the sun got too hot.
In my experience every market has similarities but also its own unique characteristics, depending on season and location. This market had a lovely mix of fresh produce, home-made pasta, flowers, houseplants, delicious hot food and live entertainment. Add the fact that it happened to be St. Patrick's Day as well and it was even more fun!

At this booth you could buy fresh coconut milk right in the coconut! The seller used a large machete to prepare your coconut ... pretty impressive!

Beautiful tropical plants, would love to have taken a few of these home on the plane with me... 

I bought some fresh Asian greens from this grower. We stir-fried them for dinner during the week, delicious!

I couldn't resist asking if I could take this guy's picture, so good looking in his St. Paddy's Day hat!
Kind of wish that I could do a tour of farmer's markets all over this country and other far off places. I don't think I would ever tire of the variety and general good feeling I come away with after a day at the market!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

vacation notes...

This is the perfect, blue sky I got to enjoy for two whole weeks while in Florida ... so many lovely, full days to remember.  Having just spent a winter in New England, to suddenly find myself in the tropical land of beaches, blooming flowers and warm sun was pretty exceptional. I savored every moment!

Part of what I love about travel is noticing plants, birds and  local wildlife that are new and unknown to me. To see flocks of pelicans flying overhead, or small lizards scurrying for cover into hedges as I walk by ...  not what I see everyday at home! It's also interesting to see familiar houseplants growing here, like bouganvilla  or hibiscus, growing as hedges and outdoor climbers. 

 Did I mention the shopping yet? I may be more of a window shopper than a buyer in this town but even I can appreciate the wondrous variety of shops and restaurants in the Palm Beach area.

My personal favorite was this one below, my first visit to Anthropologie !

                                                       ...and the beach of course...

Many thanks to my dear sister for sharing her beautiful world with me and to my Mom, for being such an adventurous and all around great travel companion! 
Love you both!
I  have more to post about my visit to Florida, I think it will be the Saturday morning Farmer's Market next!
  See you soon!