Showing posts with label In The Garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label In The Garden. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

My Winter Escapes

This week our winter temperatures have been in the 30's, but in the garden within my greenhouse today it was 70 degrees.  It is like a trip to the south in my backyard. Not long after I have arrived in the greenhouse I found myself sitting at this little table in short sleeves.  It is amazing how warm this little greenhouse can warm up on cold winter days.  I love the sunshine and I love being out here.
 I cannot wait until this little house is filled with flowers and plants. I have an idea, anyone like to come over for lunch and tea within the greenhouse?  I would love to have you!

While I wait for spring, I like to fill my windows in my home with plants and citrus trees.
This room is filled with a sweet aroma from the bloom on the lemon tree.   




What are some things that you do to escape winter? How do you brighten up your home in winter?

I would love to hear from you! Let's Chat!
Simply Farmhouse.

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Picnic Within The Greenhouse

While the girls were busy with school, I secretly went out to the greenhouse 
to set it up for a picnic. They were very curious, and I no longer could keep it a secret.  
When they found out, they were excited about having a picnic for lunch in the greenhouse.  
Only one thing they had to do, they could not come in until I had completely set it up.


Setting the table oh, how fun!


The table is spread with a tasty little lunch.


My guests have arrived, and they are very excited about it.

(hubby doesn't like their photo's online, a little mask will do)

This is what spoons are for after all, silly little girl.

We enjoyed watching the butterflies just outside the door.
A few flew in and landed among us.  What fun it was to have them around!

Another little guest waited patiently to be invited in.
She eventually made her way in towards the end of our picnic.
I wonder if it was because the girls kept tossing pieces of their lunch to her. *-  (wink)

Thank you for coming along on our picnic!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Blackberries

On the back of our farm we have wild blackberries growing.  Strawberries in May, peaches in June, blackberries in July.



When I was a child, picking blackberries was something we did to provide extra income for our family.  My mom was a single parent of nine children and each time on the way out the door we would hear our mom reminding us to "carry a pole, wear rubber boots, and take a dog."   "And don't eat more then you pick"!  So, down the long gravel driveway, six or seven of us kids with one gallon buckets, to the fence row where the blackberry bushes grew wild.



We knew what mom meant to do with each item we took.   The pole was to shake the blackberry bushes free of unwanted snakes.  Blackberry bushes, and grape arbors are favorite places where snakes like to hide.

The pole was great to bring the branch toward you, so you could reach the berries that were hard to reach.  Of course, the boots were to protect yourself from snake bites.   A dog was great to keep a snake from crawling out towards you if it came out from under the bush.  

We knew of a neighbor man who was picking blackberries one summer day and he had got bit by a copperhead snake. Luckily, he was okay.  I guess he didn't have a mom to remind him to take a pole!

 The next morning, mom would let the older children set a table up out in the front to sell the berries.   It was a very hot job and the part I disliked the most was when thorns would cut your hands and attach to your clothes. There was no such thing as thorn-less berries.  That would have been nice!

Did you ever pick berries as a child?
I would love to hear from you.


Monday, April 24, 2017

In the Garden & at Home

We painted the hen house white, and we are adding some final touches to it. I'll make a post as soon as I am finished with it.    It is turning out so cute, I can't wait to show you!


We have been busy cleaning out the landscape in the front yard.  I am expanding the width of the beds, and replacing the mulch with some pebbles.  Yes, I have several projects going at once, and none are completed yet.



I've transplanted some maple trees into my yard, that where growing out back near the creek.  Believe it or not they are living!  I have netting and stakes around them, to keep the deer from breaking them. 





La-la loves to play in the water, and helping mommy to wash the porch, is one of her favorite things to do.



I am working on my front porch, slowly but surely it is coming together.
I plan to add some potted flowers and a few more things.  So, hopefully in 
a few weeks my front porch will be ready for me to make a post.

It is a good kind of busy y'all!

What have you been up to?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Simplifying The Greenhouse



The great thing about trying new things is that you learn from them.  I wanted beds in my
green house to see if I could grow a winter garden with summer seeds.

I have learned that the seeds will come up and start to grow, they don't mature and put out any fruit. We all know there isn't enough sunny days in the winter, a grow light would of helped. That would been an added expense.

I have learned that heating the greenhouse is very costly.  It jumped our electric bill up $150.00 more than our normal bill would of been.  A hand full of seeds isn't worth that.

Today, I am removing these beds.  I have discovered they are full of fungus, bugs, roaches, creepy crawly things, and a mother mouse has had her babies hidden in the dirt.   GROSS!  Smart little critters found a warm place to stay for winter!


This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Talk at you later.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peach Tree is Blooming.







The buds on the peach tree are starting to open up.  This Saturday  we will have a low of 26 degrees.
This is the only night, the other nights are going to be in the 40's.  March is forecast to be above normal temperatures.  We only have this peach tree to cover, we plan to do all we can to protect her this weekend.



Our Leland  Cypress are looking great.  I planted 34 of theses between us and our neighbor about 3-4 years ago.

Have a wonderful day!!!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Teasing..

This is my peach tree, it is in full buds.  It is four years old  and it is old enough to put out peaches. Each year the freeze kills all the blooms, and we have not had any peaches.  We are waiting to see what this month and next month will do to it.  Maybe, we will get some peaches this year!?


Climbing rose bush is leaving out, everything is so confused.



Near 90 degrees in the greenhouse today.

I have really enjoyed slipping out to the green house this past winter.
A great place to sit and enjoy the warmth, and sunshine on cold winter days.



I have been taking advance of these beautiful spring days.
I am painting my rocking chairs and swing today. Giving my front porch a fresh new look.

This year I am going to have to replace my pillows for the porch.
After three years using the same pillows, they are in need of replacing.

So, a new look for the front porch this spring...Yay, I am kind of excited about that.

As much as I love springtime, in my heart I am saying this can't be good.  Spring temps in the winter?
Could this mean winter in the spring? Or very severe storms with tornadoes treats?

Simply remembering that
 "This is the day that the Lord has made, 
I will rejoice and be glad in it"

What have you been doing?  Are you having early spring like weather in your area?

Hugs, from the farmhouse.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A walk in the woods









On this winter day of cold and gray, the girls and I slipped on our boots, gloves , scarves and jackets.  We walked towards the woods with a basket in our hands and something to cut with.  Not sure if we can find enough greenery to make a very large wreath, we continue walking down paths of golden weeds.  While we kept our eyes open for places that deer may have bedded down the night before.

Upon entering into the woods, we pulled branches of wild blackberries off our clothes that wanted to go with us.  Climbing over trees that have fallen across this weather creek, we hop from rock to rock surround by the slow rush of creek water.  We find our way through this little patch of woods that sits at the end of our land.

With each path we took , we found three to four different kinds of cedar trees.  Filling our baskets with snips from each tree, we spotted some wild red berries near by.  The basket soon was over run with berries, cedar, Leyland cypress and Douglas firs we headed for home.

We separated the greenery into piles across the old farmhouse table, and began to assemble our wreath. What a great time we had stomping through the woods together.  We love walking in
the woods enjoying nature any chance we get.

Thank you, for coming along with us for a walk in the woods.

Merry CHRISTmas,

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Garden Paths II


Paths for gardening carts.




Paths for little visitors.




My grandson loves helping and playing in the water.



These six garden paths are working out great.   I love the grassy paths; they make caring for the garden so much easier.   Instead of hoeing in between the rows, I simply mow them.    Today, we did a little garden work.  The weather has been perfectly nice and cool.

           Enjoy your weekend,


God is Great and Greatly to be Praised.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Garden Paths



photo credit



There are six rows each row are three feet one way, and twenty feet the other way. .
There are paths to mow, paths to walk barefooted in.
Paths for a garden cart, paths to share with little ones.

An easier way to garden don't you think?