Category: The Gardens


April Garden Update

Blooms are just starting to pop this week in our gardens. Can you feel it! Spring is sprouting.

+ Genovese-basil

Basil Genovese

One of our favorite types of Basil is the Genovese Basil Variety. We usually start seeding this basil Mid March. It’s a classic Italian variety of Basil that produces all year for us. We use it in various recipes through the season. My favorite is just cut up on pizza. Available when in Season /**/


Black Greenhouse Gathering Part 1

We had always wanted to build an antique vintage greenhouse. We’ve been picking and collecting windows since we moved into the farm. These ones were bought at a sale on Open Meadows where Bruce grew up. They’re from the Old School House. March when the wind was whipping and snowflakes were flying I was busy planting seeds in my little greenhouse. I planted so … Read More Black Greenhouse Gathering Part 1

April Greenhouse Tour


The Wind Began to Switch – the House to Pitch

Bruce began to taunt me, in early December, with hints of my 40th birthday present. Leading up to the big occasion, I was allowed to ask one question per day. So Mineral, Animal… Red, Green etc. The taunting went on and on. I was pretty sure he had gotten me a greenhouse but then he started to get me off track purposefully and then … Read More The Wind Began to Switch – the House to Pitch


Hummer Nectar Recipe

I was out filling our decimated bird feeders this evening (man, those birds can eat!) when I heard a buzzing. Was it a bee? A mosquito? Nope, it was a hummingbird. Alas, those feeders were empty too. I think he buzzed me to let me know that he wanted a little something too. I think everyone knows that sugar water is better for hummingbirds … Read More Hummer Nectar Recipe

+ Lilac Bushes


Lilac buds bursting as early as January are the norm around here. We wait and wait for May to come to smell the fresh scent of Spring. Enjoy the fleeting smell of Lilacs while you can.  A spring bouquet full of lilacs would be so perfect for any bouquet. Lilacs come in purple, pink and white. A delicate flower without a lot of fuss. … Read More Lilacs


Spring Cleaning the Backyard

Kasper and I took the afternoon off to clean and inspect the backyard gardens. He’s thoroughly enjoying the garden hose in operation again. I let him enjoy the roll in the mud since tomorrow he has a date with Sharon at Dog Moms. I’m not sure how I collected so many antique insulators, it just happened. For newbies… Insulators can date back to the 1800s. … Read More Spring Cleaning the Backyard

+ White Nancy

White Nancy

Nettle VariegatedLAMIUM maculatum Do you need a clean fresh pop of white in your shade garden? White Nancy Nettle is a fresh ground cover that blooms from May to Early June. The little tufts grow up to about a foot and spreads quickly to almost 3′ wide. My first Nettle was a transplant given to me by mom. I had it growing in the … Read More White Nancy

+ heirloom roses

Heirloom Roses

I bought four heirloom roses for my rose garden the first spring we moved in. This one is a mystery rose. I have the tags: Smile (Clesmile), Alba Semi Plena, Belle Isis, and Golden Blush none seem to match the rose I actually got? And of course it’s the mystery bush that has taken over the whole rose garden. Even though it’s a mystery … Read More Heirloom Roses

+ Primroses


My first primroses were a gift from my Mom’s garden. These are one of the first flowers I remember as a kid. I clearly remember wearing a yellow Easter dress out in the front drive where she originally had primroses planted all nice in a line. Primroses bloom in Spring and sometimes even in the dead of winter, thanks global warming. One of my … Read More Primroses