I love the way the warm sun and the cool breeze feels on my skin as I sit outside, close my eyes and lift my face to the sky with content and gratitude. I love the way the flowers fill the air with their sweet fragrance. I love the way the cold green grass feels on my feet when I am outside playing in the yard with my kids.
I love to watch as nature literally changes before my eyes and takes on new vibrant shades of greens, blues, pinks and purples. Every color of the rainbow can be found in nature. Every time, every year, it takes my breath away. Nature amazes me. I could sit outside for hours just watching life happen. I watch these two little birds that live under my carport live their lives. They are so content to do the same things over and over again everyday with great purpose and peace. They sing along as they collect twigs and random tidbits lingering about to build their nests. They hangout in a small tree that grows on the side of our house and chase each other back and forth. It is simply humbling to watch these simple and small, yet extremely important creatures living for the moment and loving every second. It is a beautiful thing.
I have not been blessed with a natural green thumb and it shows when I have tried to do vegetable gardens in the past. However, with each year I try, I learn more and more and nature is my teacher. This year looks promising so far. I started with seeds and planted squash, zucchini, tomatoes, spinach, bell pepper, onions and jalapenos.
My seedling got a little overtaken by mold when we had a week of rain and straight humidity.
In my search to remedy this situation as naturally as possible, I came about a post that insisted that sprinkling cinnamon on the plant’s soil would help to kill any mold since cinnamon has natural anti-fungal properties.
As you can see it certainly didn’t hurt them and also seemed to remedy my mold problem.
These little seedlings are loving the sunshine.
No matter how many times I see a plant grow from a seed into something edible, it amazes and humbles me. It is the coolest thing to see something grow right before your eyes. It is kind of like watching your children grow, but a lot less intense and emotional. These living things are just doing what comes naturally to them. JUST BEING! They have no agenda but to Grow and thrive. So humbling!
I never knew I would ever love to garden as much as I do. I love to take care of these plants, flowers and vegetables. I love to watch them grow and just marvel in the beauty that is life. It kind of puts life in perspective in a strange sort of way. It brings me peace.
Growing herbs is something else that I am trying to get good at. I cook daily and I cook okay, but I am learning to cook with a broader pallet and trying to incorporate more fresh herbs as well as unfamiliar ingredients in my food. I figured one of the best ways to do that was to start growing my own herbs and unfamiliar foods so that I am forced to experiment. I hope it works!
I have tried to grow food from scraps in the past, like pineapples and avocado pits, but they never worked out. So I decided to try something more simple and it just so happens that this red onion was more than happy to regrow for me. This guy has gotten like a foot and a half now. It is huge in my garden. I think it might be doing even better than all of my other plants.
You can regrow scraps from garlic, lettuce, celery and a few other items too. Nature is so crazy.
I love it!
Getting this garden started. My love finally got one of my raised beds put together. My little plants have been holding on until they could get transplanted.
I feel very fulfilled now. It is so rewarding growing your own food. Planting a seed and watching it grow from a tiny little green sprout popping out of the dirt for the first time is really awesome. And then watching it grow and flourish into something you can feed your family and consume for a healthy body is even more awesome. I love it and I love nature. I think everyone should have the opportunity to grow their own food. It takes me back to being at my great grandmothers on her ranch in Llano, Tx and picking the beans and snapping them, picking the berries off her vines for some of her homemade jellies and jams. She made the best berry jelly. She also had the best garden that was almost as big as half my house. Those memories will last a lifetime and the older I get, the more I appreciate that simple kind of life. Here’s to good memories, gardening and a simpler time.
The most fragrant roses! I still have this bowl sitting on my kitchen counter as the petals wilt and let off this sweet, soft and rosy fragrance that fills the house.
Get the kids involved! Inspire! Teach! Create!
We bought our first lemon tree this year and I was concerned that something was wrong with it. It has been growing but has not produced any flowers or blooms in the couple of months that we have had it. Then I saw this little lovely poking out of the side. Our first lemon tree blossom.
This long leafed plant was planted in my yard well before I ever moved in over 8 years ago. I never knew what it was. I just knew this big green plant won’t go away. I have to admit that I have mowed over her a few times over the years. Well the day after Easter I came outside to find this. She is absolutely fabulous and gorgeous. Even when I didn’t manage to mow over her, she had never bloomed. This was an awesome surprise to wake up to and find out that this strange green plant was actually a beautiful Lily all along.
It is a great gift to stop and watch life happen right in front of you and take notice of the simplicity and yet extreme intricacy of everything in nature.
Life is beautiful . . .When you get back to the basics.