If I could do anything with my days what would I do? What adventures would I choose? What life would I live? These questions have been on my mind a lot lately. I want my life to be a strong reflection of who i am. I don’t want to lose sight of what I enjoy. Days are precious and I have I want to be fulfilled and not wanting. Being surrounded by nature gives me so much enjoyment, as a city dweller there is definitely a void. I want to spend more time filling my yard with beautiful flowers and growing beds full of vegetables. I want to use the bounty of my garden to make fruit pies and and vegetable stews. I want to make jelly, preserves, pickles and shrubs. I want bouquets of flowers to fill my home. Hiking through the forest and being near water has always given me peace. I want to spend more days out in the woods spying on animals, splashing through creeks and catching sunbeams through the canopy …
My entire fence line will be blossoming with flowers soon! I spent two hours planting powder pink peonies, ranunculuses, dahlias, callie lillies and an apricot colored rose bush. My cutting garden dreams are becoming a reality, y’all! My son wore a little sun hat & sat under the canopy of his car seat (this seemed like the best option, he hates when the sun is in his eyes). It’s in the high 70s today and there is a light breeze, such a perfect day to be out in the garden. Here is a photo of the vases I’ve collected. I can’t wait to fill them up with fresh flowers from my garden (excited squeals)!
Winter feels so long sometimes and the excitement that spring brings just about made me lose my mind at lowes. The plants, the flowers, the packets of seeds… I couldn’t contain myself. I did not realize how overboard I had gone until I returned home and assessed my purchases. I guess my eyes were bigger than, well, my garden beds. So, I planted all my starts, the kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, a few herbs and BAM I’m out of space. What the heck! So now I’m scrambling to build new beds because I’m stubborn and I can’t give up on these veggies dreams, I just can’t. That’s what I’m dealing with over here, tough life, I know. I’m hoping to have this mess sorted in the next couple of weeks.
The weather is warming up and some of my green friends from last year are popping up! I’m really looking forward to the garden season & I can’t wait to prep my beds. I have planned to build a couple of vertical beds for herbs & greens. I also have dreams for a cutting garden this year, who could resist fresh bouquets of flowers. I’ve never canned or pickled my produce before but I have been doing some research and I think this year I will give it a go. It will be a great opportunity to stretch the garden bounty through the winter. Picture this: Apple butter, apple pie filling, baked apples, Apple sauce, pickled radishes,pickled jalapeños & pickled beets, salsa, tomato sauce, oh and strawberry jam. It will be a lot of work but absolutely worth it! Here is a photo of my garden from last year!