Memorial Day Weekend 2016

We got soil and manure, you guys! But it’s been too hot to get the garden in.  We’re going to keep working on it through the week and get veggies going next weekend…

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The newlyweds came to visit! Jeremy,  too… but he escaped my lens…

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I bought a few more flowers

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Bought these "annuals" last year and they're blooming again!

The peony bloomed!

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And the table made its seasonal debut.

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I grew those weeds myself!

Here’s to #summer2016

Much to celebrate in the coming months.  And much to demo.

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Planters Are Planted!

Over the past weekend,  I picked up some plants at the fantastic Hilltop Nursery and got them planted. Hooray! Then the temperature plummeted and I fretted, but today is Wednesday and things are still looking not-frozen. Double Hooray!

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Big planter!

I’m not sure of those little white flowers are gonna be the “spiller” I want them to be,  but here’s hoping…

And… drum roll, please… presenting, for the first time ever…

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BASKETS!! THAT HANG ON THE PORCH!!

(I’m disproportionately proud of my baskets, especially considering that they could each probably use another plant…)

The baskets are hung up and I think they look adorable. They also reeaaallly highlight how much paint scraping we need to do on the porch, which is fantastic. No, really,  it’s just awesome. Agh!

Oh, and for my own garden journaling purposes,  I am posting a photo of one of two peonies that are going on their third season with us.  They are cuttings from our brother-in-law, and his plants are cuttings from a peony from Chris’ father’s family farm in Jackson, MN.  They are healthy and green and getting big, and THERE IS A FLOWER BUDDING!! It’s our first peony. So. Excited. (Yes, disproportionately 😉)

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I'm a family heirloom!

So looking forward to a beautiful summer!

Time flies when you’re living life…

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve been here!! I wish I could say I haven’t posted because all of our projects are complete and our house is immaculate, but as I type on my phone amid a pile of  unfolded laundry, I am realizing how badly I need a new laptop and a winning lottery ticket…

Since I last logged in, another summer has passed, full of barbecues and fairs, a beach visit and a camping weekend. The air is turning crisp and clear and it’s almost time to start raking leaves.  We have a cat. A dear friend moved nearby and two others moved out of state. Six of my friends had babies. Six! A friend passed away. I had a big surgery and I started a new job. Our vegetable garden was an epic failure, but my big planter of flowers is still blooming. My beautiful sister married her longtime boyfriend,  making him *officially* my brother-in-law, and it was a damn fun party.

The world goes round. We almost got most of the peeling paint on the front porch scraped off. We’re planning a better garden for next year.  Some days we’ve just slept in and done nothing at all.

So I’m welcoming myself back and taking things one step at a time.  Like the rest of life, working on this house is a joy and a challenge and I always wish there were more hours in the day.

But today was a great day.  With the help of my brother-in-law, I tackled the garden area on the side of the house, digging out tons and tons of bulbs that have been multiplying like crazy and getting rid of giant weeds.  I might buy a couple of shrubs to put in. I’m going to replant the bulbs so come spring we will have healthier daffodils, tulips and lilly-of-the-valley.

It’s now a pretty clean slate where I can attempt to grow whatever I choose.  I haven’t done much of this before,  so I’m learning as I go.

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