The Most Romantic Month

It’s been said that June is the most romantic month of the year. I always remember this whenever my hollyhocks come into bloom.

Hollyhock blossoms in summer

I imagine, in years gone by, courting couples taking long, leisurely summer afternoon walks through gardens, bursting with color and bloom. Perhaps, seeking a moment of privacy, they would pause behind the towering hollyhocks stems; and, surrounded by frothy blossoms conjuring visions of lacy dresses, the man would drop suddenly to one knee.

Hollyhock blossoms in summer

With his heart in his throat, he’d hold up a tiny box and ask the woman one simple question. She’d pause just a moment to catch her breath and then give him her answer.

Hollyhock blossoms in summer

Promises exchanged and sealed with a kiss, they’d clasp hands and head toward home, the ring on her finger catching the sunlight while a breeze gently lifted the petals in her hair.

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Tiny Gift, Big Heart

Tiny yellow and white daisy in a small pink glass bottle

A tiny flower in a tiny bottle. A gift from my son yesterday to let me know he was thinking of me while I was at work…had to snap a pic so I can hold on to this sweetness forever!

Recycled Bathtub Veggie Garden

Recycled Bathtub Container Garden

I’m so excited to FINALLY have a vegetable garden in my backyard! For the past few years, my edible growing aspirations have been limited to a few herbs and the odd tomato plant – things I could easily grow in containers and barricade against the plethora of wildlife, ever venturing forth from their nearby forest habitat in search of tastier snacks. But when we decided to remodel our bathroom last year, we ended up with a large, unsightly (no antique, claw-foot beauty here) cast iron bathtub that sat forlornly in our backyard for several months, waiting to be disposed of. Then one day in early spring, while there was still snow on the ground and I was daydreaming about sprucing up my yard & sinking my hands into soft dirt, it dawned on me that the raised veggie garden I’d always wanted might be right under my nose…

I sat down, sketched out a rough design and asked my husband if he could build it for my birthday present in April. He must really love me because it took up the better part of his spare time for a good month, but now I have THIS beautiful, custom cedar piece in my backyard!!!

My tender plants are safe from greedy paws, which means not only will I actually get to enjoy the harvest I’ve labored towards, but I don’t have to mess with chemicals or other deterrents to keep unwanted animals away.

Watering and tending my garden is a breeze – with just a flip of the latch, the front doors swing wide open.

And it all started with a simple desire to make this monstrosity disappear…

Recycling Rocks!!! 🙂