Lainey’s School Project

When my granddaughter Lainey was at my house about a month ago, she and I were discussing school.  She is a freshman in high school.  Wait!!!  How did that happen?  She was telling me about a group project that involved developing a small business.  Her suggestion to her group was a flower business.  That made me swell with pride!!!  And the best part was that her group liked the idea.  They chose “Marigold Memories” as the name for their small business.  Lainey’s job was to create a marketing handout for a mock job fair.

Since we are in the midst of a record cold winter here in the Midwest, farm fresh flowers are not an option.  And I refuse to buy shipped in flowers from the local grocery store.  So we decided to make flowers.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – HAPPY NEW KNEE!!

Happy New Year, everyone!  I realize the New Year is about seven weeks old, but I am just getting back into the swing of things since my knee replacement in mid-December.  This is my second knee replacement.  My left knee was replaced twelve years ago.  I vowed that I would not wait so long to have my right knee replaced.  But I did.  Too many things kept coming up and my procrastination was in full force.  And, ironically, when the time came, it almost didn’t happen.Read More »

The Last Beautiful Bouquet

I was hoping that freezing temperatures would hold off until November 1.  I don’t know why, but to me it makes more sense to end the growing season on November 1 instead of mid-October.  But such is life and seasons in the mid-west.  And with frost last week and a freeze warning for tonight, it is time to say good-bye and thank you to the beautiful flowers.

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FLOWERS – FINALLY!!!

 Is it spring or summer?  The temperatures outside would say we are in the middle of a blazing, hot summer.  The calendar, however, says that it is still spring.  It is hard to imagine that just two months ago in mid-April we were still getting snow.  Not the case now!!

Ella and I have had so much going on that we have fallen behind on our big baking adventure.  But look what I have!!  Yes!!!  Flowers!!!

The grandkids are all busy with Church confirmation camp, Vacation Bible School, mission trips, and lots of swimming.  I have been busy with these beauties!

Due to the extreme heat and humidity, I have been out tending the flowers early in the morning.  Like 5:00 a.m.!  This is the beautiful sight that greeted me this morning.

Good morning, Sun!  It looks like another gorgeous day.

After a slow start, these beauties are ready.  It is time for the flower cart!!

Rain is in the forecast for the next couple of days.  We could certainly use a good inch.

My plan is to have the flower cart out this weekend.  I will have updates on Facebook.

The sunflowers and marigolds are not ready yet.  We will also be planting pumpkins (5 varieties this year including some white pumpkins) and squash.  Until then, we will just have to love these amazing Zinnias!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you at the flower cart this weekend!

Until next time,
Pat

 

SUMMER (FINALLY) AROUND THE FARM

As farmers, we tend to spend a lot of time listening to weather forecasts, watching the sky, and playing in the dirt!  Even though we have officially retired from the physical labor of farming, we will always remain farmers and have farming in our blood.

Our land and crops, flowers, grass, and bushes are still recovering from the harshness of this past winter.  My blackberries are very slow to recover and I fear the harvest will be very small.  Hopefully they will come back stronger next year.  The same is true of the ornamental grass.  I am not sure it is going to make it.  We have already dug up two clumps that were on either side of the garage door and replaced them with rose bushes.  We will see how the others progress after the 5 ½ inches of rain 10 days ago and temperatures this week in the 90’s.  (There’s that farmer in me!)Read More »

THE BACK YARD

I am very fortunate in so many ways and feel very blessed that I live on a farm.  One thing I certainly have is plenty of yard space!!!  A few posts back I shared some of the items on my front porch.  Now I would like to invite you to the back yard.

I am in the process of redesigning the plants and planters in the back yard.  For many years, this area was seeded with native wildflowers.  Along with native wildflowers come native weeds!  And being farmers and good stewards of the land, my husband and I know the importance of rotating crops.  So we mowed the wildflowers and let the area grow back to grass.  Now I am ready to turn it into a flower garden. Read More »