It’s a not-so-secret dream of ours to have a little farm where I can grow flowers. For now I have a tiny flower bed in front of our house. Last fall and this spring I planted a few new additions. With some big storms rolling in this weekend, I cut some of my favorites to protect them from the wind.
I’m in love with my new pink daffodils (I know I got them from Brecks. I THINK these are the ones I bought). They are the perfect shade of pastel peachy pink and are so full and feminine. My only gripe is that they are so heavy they have a hard time standing up, so I was forced to cut them and bring them inside (not that I really mind that much).
The biggest pop of color in our beds are my new red Icelandic Poppies. I purchased them when their buds were closed, so I wasn’t entirely sure what color I was buying. I was pleasantly surprised when they burst open in a vivid neon red.
I added a few sprigs of leaves from my columbine, which have such a distinct leaf pattern. I’m head over heals for this spring color combination. I have them sitting in the living room of the piano. It looks lovely against our soft gray walls. Someday I’ll have a field full of these beautiful blooms. But for now, I’ll look forward to one or two beautiful bouquets every spring.
We have been collaborating for over a year over at Cotton & Brass. It’s been a blast, but we have been staging these photoshoots out of our own pockets. In order to grown and continue we decided to do a seasonal Pop-Up Shop everyone so often. Our first one launched this week. The Cotton & Brass Spring Shop is packed with vintage jewelry, paper goods, ceramics, fabric bundles and so much more. Lots of beautiful and unique mother’s day items. All of it was styled and selected by the Cotton & Brass team and photographed by Christa Kimble. All profits go toward recovering costs from past photoshoots and growth and new shoots in the future.
Items are very limited! So purchase while they are still available! Visit the Cotton & Brass Spring Pop-Up Shop today!
I have having a late bloom on my roses. There are still a few more buds and I’m hoping they can hold on through this cold weather. I managed to snap a few photos of some of the blooms before the frost got to them. These are the Wildeves I potted this spring.
PS: Both of these can be found as photo prints, iphone cases and more over here.
A week ago I shared with you some of the first season roses on my Abraham Darby rose. This week, my ‘Wildeve’ finally started to thrive. It has been pretty shrimpy all summer and last week out of nowhere it started sprouting new growth. They bloomed this week and are a beautiful shade of ballet pink with apricot centers. They are a bit smaller than the Abraham Darbys and are a much more delicate color.
This rose was purchased from David Austin and is in it’s first season. Can’t wait to see how they progress next year.
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As part of my “Before 30″ list I have vowed to learn something new every year. And for my 24th year I started rose gardening. This winter I selected 2 roses from David Austin Roses (with the help of Lara) I planted them in huge pots this spring.
They have had a rough first season (between the heat, bugs, a newbie rose gardener, etc), but this morning I woke up to a lovely surprise. My Abraham Darbys are fully open! Last night they looked like your average rose, open and pretty but average. I wondered if I did something wrong. But today they exploded into a cups of fragrant petals.
Knowing we had some violent storms on the way I snipped 2 for our dining room. There are bunch more ready to open and my Wildeve is also looking promising (but smaller).
I’m pretty proud of myself. It’s been very rewarding so far. I’m day dreaming of the day when we have some land and space for a beautiful garden so I can add more to my collection and really let these roses go wild. Next house Lindsey… next house.
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A couple of weeks ago we spent the weekend getting the garden in order. With the crazy spring we have had, the seized the first beautiful weekend and built a new box for our root veggies, topped off our dirt and trekked to our favorite hole-in-the-wall nursery for starter plants and special herbs.
Cochran’s in Cuyahoga Falls is our favorite place to shop for plants. Jared’s parents discovered it and now it’s a must-visit spot for us in the spring. It’s easy to get lost in the annuals, but we are there for the edibles.
Their herb selection is especially impressive. They have chocolate mint, pineapple mint, spearmint, cinnamon basil and lemon thyme as well as all the basics. And at $1.25 a piece it’s pretty easy to fill a flat or two.
We love the specialty mints for sun tea and bought a bunch to put in a raised bed on the side of the house. I’m hoping they will come back every year.
I also got a little pot of violas for the side of the house. I love them in a little bud vase. Jared picked out a whole bunch of tomatoes and peppers. I grabbed some rainbow chard and broccoli seedlings.
Everything is already taking off. I think we’ll be seeing pea blossoms soon and we already have some little peppers growing. Our blue berries from last year are just about ready and we have had some strawberries already as well. I’m so pleased that they seem sweeter this year.
How is your edible garden coming?
Winter and spring seem to be fighting each other here in Ohio. One day we’ll have sunshine and the next light snow. Sun seems to be winning more often the past couple of weeks, but we still have a ways to go. With all the rain of have had plenty of opportunity to wear my new yellow wellies around while we start to tackle house projects.
I finally got my new roses in huge pots and on the back patio. Allison of Monkey’s Always Look was sweet enough to custom make these garden markers for me with the rose name and year planted. I’m a little obsessed with categorizing things and naming things. Yesterday the roses seemed to really be settling in and enjoying the morning sunshine.
We still have not been able to get our edible garden planted. With the threat of frost the past few weeks it’s been too risky. I’m hoping next weekend if we have time, but this growing season will probably be somewhat disappointing because the weather is so weird this year.
I have been opening the blinds to let some light in the living room and Logan has a new favorite spot. He would sit there all day and watch the world go by if we would let him.
I feel like this week was the quiet before the storm. May is going to be very hectic. I’ll be flying out to Oregon for a whirlwind weekend to see my brother walk at his college graduation. We have a backpacking trip planned for the dog and us Memorial weekend. We have a family wedding and the start of the local farmers market next weekend.
In between we have lots of planning and preparing to do. What started as a large project has recently snowballed into something MUCH larger. I don’t want to delve into details yet, but hopefully within the next week or so I can. I am ready to get moving on this one, but there is a lot of prep to get done before we dive in. I’m excited but also a little anxious. This will be the biggest project we have tackled yet. I can’t wait to share it with you.
This week’s One Splendid Day is from Laura of Cubits Organic. Without further ado, lets get lost in Laura’s perfect day…
What time of year is it?
Late Summer, Early Autumn is my favourite time of year. My daughter’s birthday, my present due date, our wedding anniversary, my own birthday, back to school, perfect weather, What more could I ask for?
Where would you be/go?
At the Farm in the orchard picking apples.
What would you do?
Go Apple picking with my family and then press some cider.
What would you wear?
Red Hunter Boots and I would post-pregnancy fit back into my skinny jeans.
Thanks Laura! That sounds so wonderful!
This will be our second season growing seeds from Laura and Cubits. Last year our rainbow carrots were so phenomenal I know they will be a staple in our garden every summer. We’re adding rainbow chard this year as well as a selection of carrots. It’s not too late to order seeds! Visit Cubits today and pick some up! Visit Laura’s blog for more on her garden and beautiful family.
A little bit of fluffy cuteness this weekend. I wish we had the space for a flock of little spring chicks, but that will have to wait for the next house. In the mean time I like to peruse sites like My Pet Chicken (where these lovely little guys are from). Hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend!
Recently, my Garden Inspiration, Lara of Hedgerow Rose put together a beautiful post about starting a container rose garden. We have a yard, but it’s mostly gravel and this house is not a “forever house” so I’m mostly container gardening for the time being.
I have always had a soft spot for roses. My grandmother’s name is Rose and I remember my mom growing heirloom roses from my great grandmother’s house as a child. I think as part of my Before 30 vow to learn something new every year, this year I will learn to grow roses.
Lara suggested David Austin roses and selected a few she recommended. From that list I have selected 2 pink English style roses to start with. Here they are as seen on another beautiful garden blog, Piece of Eden.
I intended to select a white and a pink, or a white and a yellow, but the pink roses were all so beautiful (and they look great in our dark dining room).
I know they probably won’t look like these the first summer or even the first few, but I’m hoping it will become a lifetime hobby. I’m hoping the peonies and hydrangea we planted last year come back. I don’t have the greenest thumb but I really try and do my research and learn. I’ve assigned Jared to build me some wood 5-10 gallon containers for these roses. I’ll be sure to post photos along the way.
Lots of thanks to Lara! You’ve been a big help!