❀April Showers Bring May Flowers❀❤ ☼

We planted our garden before we left only to find we may have to replace our cucumbers as our temperature dropped not to freezing but very close to it in the mid-atlantic region.  We found the rest of the garden and vegetables in tack. We came back to having rain almost everyday,  April Showers bring May flowers.  We had the first day back full of sunshine then the rain.  It is great to see the beautiful Azaleas in bloom in all their natural glory and my beautiful irises that were from mom’s garden decades ago.  I was very excited to have a special email sent to me while we were vacationing.  I had been chosen to be in  the Smithsonian Community of Gardening Archives to be published and ran as one of their feature stories and now it is part of history.  I am very honored. https://communityofgardens.si.edu/items/show/12107 Azaleas in bloom 2 2014 ON a Wing of a plane

On a wing and a prayer we went for a lovely visit to see our daughter and family an exhausting but worthwhile trip to spend time with loved ones and see our precious grandson.  We will be celebrating another birth of his sister or brother soon in mid June.  We were blessed to have perfect weather the whole week we had visited. We were so pleased to be able to travel to Colorado.  We are excited to be new grandparents again.   We are glad they live in another beautiful place to visit, Colorado where the sky meets the land with 54 mountain peaks that reach over 14,000 feet in the sky and the home of the Rocky Mountains and the Continental divide runs through the Colorado Rockies which flows the rivers and streams on the east side of the Continental Divide flow toward the Atlantic Ocean. https://bouldercolorado.gov/

Louisville Colorado

The rivers and streams on the west side of the Continental Divide flow towards the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest state of all fifty states with only 371 square miles covered by water.  The southwest corner of Colorado meets Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. This spot is known as Four Corners.   The highest point in Colorado, and in the Rocky Mountains is Mt. Ebert at 14,440 feet above sea level.  The lowest point in Colorado is the Arkansas River at 3,315 feet above sea level.  Pikes Peak is another of the 54 fourteeners mountains that rise above 14,000 feet above sea level at 14,115 it rises 8,000 feet above downtown Colorado Springs and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961.  

Boulder Colorado

When we first arrived at their home after our visit to IKEA in Denver, I came down with a bad headache which is common apparently if you are not used to the higher altitude, so I took a rest and felt better after a while and adjusting to the 2 hour time difference.  We enjoyed a trip up to the flat irons with our daughter and were able to get a few photos although it was windy that day we had to grasp in our footing. Another time we went up the mountain to visit Boulder Falls which was a pretty sight.

Boulder, Colorado

The weather in Colorado is unpredictable at times when the sun is up it feels warm, but when it is down it is quite chilling. We visited a little town called Nederland it was further up in altitude and known for its dead frozen guy festival.

http://www.nederlandchamber.org/com_aboutnedarea.html

It has a unique shopping areas, it lies 17 miles west of Boulder.   After we got back from this visit my husband had altitude sickness so rested and felt better soon afterwards.  We enjoyed going with our daughter to the childrens consignment sales one in Boulder and the other in Louisville.  Our Grandson seemed to love the toys we got him.  The wooden puzzle makes noises when you remove the vehicles it was so cute to see his little expression. He had grown so much since we had seen him. Cherish the time you have with your loved ones.

Sweet Grandson

We went for walks with our sweet one year old grandson named after the Alder tree  around and were surprised at the many wild bunnies we saw everyday we were in town, also the amount of prairie dogs we saw, and how the squirrels had thicker coats on them than to adapt to the cooler weather they have.  They do have designated open green space which we thoroughly enjoyed.   We were fortunate to have nice sunny weather and enjoyed walking around the lake nearby which had a green-blue turquoise tint. The spring time weather was just starting for them so we did see alot of tulips in bloom and daffodils, along with phlox.

http://www.downtownlouisvilleco.com/in-the-news/

Lake in Colorado

We visited the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory and went on the free tour with a wonderful tea tasting afterwards and bought some tea to bring home with us, it was an interesting tour and if you are in Boulder I highly recommend it. After we tasted many I have come to a conclusion that one of my many favorites is the Bengal Spice Herbal Tea. http://www.celestialseasonings.com/

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Here in our area at our local Virginia Beach Farmers Market is a plant sale from the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners which is coming up this weekend and we usually love the plants we are able to find.  We got home and rested for a few days and our doggies have not left our side.  Our wonderful neighbor Crystal watched them and spoiled them as usual.   It is always nice to be back home.

http://www.vbmg.org/Plant%20sale%20flyer%202014.pdf

There will be a Earth Day Celebration event at Mount Trashmore fun for the family and environment: http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/Pages/earth-day.aspx

Some helpful advice from Mother Earth News on tomatoes:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/best-tomatoes-zmaz10fmzraw.aspx#axzz30IWU1TXm

We are still enjoying our strawberry freezer jam:

Happy Gardening Til Next Time~ღஐ♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥ஐღ☮ ❤ ☼

Metta is a Pali word meaning loving-kindness. Metta chanting is the radiation of loving-kindness towards all beings: May they all be happy and peaceful. Imee Ooi chants the Pali beautifully. Metta chanting is soothing, uplifting, joyful and a great healing for the world – pervading it with waves of love. Truly, may all beings be happy. May they live always in peace and harmony. (¯`♥´¯).✫* `*.¸.* ´* peαce ´¯`•.¸¸.♥
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❀Easter and Cultivating Love, Renewal and Hope~in your Garden❀

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Hope you and your families have the most joyous Easter~❀

I just love these old vintage cards of Easter Past~❀

This weekend was fun shopping for what to plant in our garden.  In the past I have started several from seed. We bought our garden plants from our local Virginia Beach feed and seed store, as well as starting a few from seed.  This is eye candy to the gardener. Excitement filled me as if it was Christmas morning.  I woke up at 5 am Saturday am in anticipation of planting day, and to go to pick our choices out.

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So many things to look at.  A feast for the eyes these lovely flowers and plants mark this spiritual renewal time of year!

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As you Cultivate your Garden remember to turn in the soil, with the compost. We decided finally to break down and purchase a small tiller at the local Sears Outlet place which was a good deal and refurbished and a savings on our backs.

Image.If you are lucky enough you own a cow, if not you go to your local feed and seed store and find that magic Black Texas Gold or proper name is Black Kow otherwise known as Cow Manure.  We were advised by store owner mainly dig a hole and put this in first before you add your tomatoes and it works its magic. Patience.   Image

We cultivated and planted in our garden this past Saturday by planting in Spinach, Squash, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Beets, Lettuce, Kale, and different assortment of Peppers along with some different types of marigolds for natural bug protection.

By the time Sunday rolled around we had to tend to our regular chores of going to the grocery store and feeling the pain in our legs and backs, realizing we just aren’t as young as we’d all like to think, our bodies have a way of reminding us.

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Afterwards we were very happy to have our garden in the ground and are looking forward to the abundance of the harvest! We sat down and took a break as we had primed the well and watered the garden for the first time.  Now time to wait and feed on occasion and patience.

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This giant bunny card would scare me to death as a child looks like a scary or may be rabid bunny.  Funny the graphics on the vintage cards.

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We were very grateful to be able to join in the festivities of our youngest grandsons “Alder” first birthday party by singing happy birthday along with the other grandparents via technology of Face-time, and iphone. It is a pleasure to met you through this technology as we met the other grandparents it was lovely!  My daughter was creative as usual and Alder seemed to love the orange part the best, but with dad’s help he dug right in to the cake. Look forward to our visit so we can squeeze on him in person!

Alders 1 Year old cake

It is great to live in this day of technology but also great to enjoy Nature as much as you can.  The Beauty of the outdoors brings all of us such joy as well as recharges us, it provides Vitamin D which staves off depression, exercising or working in your yard sets off endorphins in the brain which gives you that well being feeling, much like meditation. Maybe it would have helped with the rabid bunny.

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As you gather in around your family this holiday soak in the joy of being with them. Life changes we all get old, some of us get ill, as we try to live the best we can by loving as an example.  Remember “Kindness and Humanity”, is the best religion you can have and show, all of us are fighting some sort of battle. Laughing is the best medicine for us all.  Don’t take life too seriously, remember none of us are getting out alive. Nature will fill your soul.

This poor vintage card shows a girl hatched out of an egg and proceeding to put a flowery rose crown on a boy riding a lamb.  Who says our forefathers didn’t have a sense of humor.  I guess this is to simulate the spring awakening cracking of an egg or maybe breakfast? Does the chicken come before the girl?

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Happy Joyous Cultivating in your Garden~!! ❀

Happy Upcoming Easter Holiday to you and your families!!❀

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Enjoy this Spiritual Time of Year! Time to count the eggs out for our Annual Easter Egg hunt with the Local Grandchildren!

While you garden you have a gardening angel

Keep your Gardening Angel with you this time of year~ Happy Spring and Renewal!

Happy Easter

ƸӜƷ~Happy Gardening til Next Time~❀❀❀~ƸӜƷ

 

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A beautiful gratitude filled week to dig in the dirt and pull the weeds and turn the soil in preparation for planting your garden.

How to prepare Garden Soil and Secrets to High yield Crops:
http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/7-secrets-high-yield-vegetable-garden

After 9 bags of weeds were carried out to the trash I realized how much yard work I actually did, but that doesn’t include the sore muscles in my legs the next day. Time to prime the well if you haven’t already to get ready for the spring watering after you have planted your garden.

It was a gorgeous day to hang out the laundry, as my husband put it as long as the jeans don’t chafe me I don’t mind. =)

There is a certain memory of times in the past when you hang your clothes out on a line, also a fresh air scent about them, not the kind you buy at the store to add to your linen but the real kind.

It brought me back to times when we played outside for hours, games like, mother may I, hide and seek, Red Light, Green Light or freeze tag. It really made me think if the kids nowadays know what these games are and how you play them. I hope the parents and the grandparents of our generation will take the time to teach them. Maybe they will call it Vintage or Retro, like they do with the clothing or music we used to listen too. Most of all it will bring children back outside to the beauty of nature, by planting a little fun seed it is sure to sprout.

It took a little longer with the vegetable garden this year and it is still a work in progress, probably due to the changing climate and extended cold spells and frost we have had in the mid atlantic due to climate change. I had in the past planted end of March but this definitely pushed it up to the first couple of weeks in April to be safe. I have to remember the beauty and the taste of the crop of last year in order to sow in the crop of this year, although ever changing as in life it is what you put in it that you will get out of it.

Here is a little video tip on Repurposing and Making Raised Beds: http://www.realfarmacy.com/repurposing-pallets-how-to-build-raised-beds/

It is so hard to believe that my youngest grandson will be one year old this month. How time flies, he is to have another baby sister or brother in June. Spring the life force of us all it brings forth new growth, life, and hope.

How to build a $50 Dollar Greenhouse: (With Inflation could be more): http://doorgarden.com/10/50-dollar-hoop-house-green-house

Peace~and~Be~Well

Happy Gardening~☼ Til Next Time~☼