Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts

June 4, 2014

summer roses

I have been trying to stay on top of the garden this year as the heat sets in and the spring flowers begin to fade.  This is the time my attention usually starts to wain and my enthusiasm begins to wither.

My hope is to keep it tidy enough that the few die hard flowers that perform well in our intense summer heat will not feel like cast offs...a mere after thought, but instead will stand tall like troopers holding down the fort until fall's cooler weather appears.

I've been cutting roses like mad so that their beauty can be enjoyed inside for a few days instead of burning up in the afternoon sun.  I have also been trying to save more seeds from my favorite spring annuals for planting in the fall and for giving away to friends.

We are so lucky in Southern California to have 10 solid months of prime gardening with only August and September leaving much to be desired with their 100 plus weather.  What about you?  Do you garden all summer or do you give up the ghost so to speak when the heat kicks in?

xo, Patty

May 27, 2014

back to work again...

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend.  We had a nice drive out to my moms and enjoyed a BBQ with family.  My six year old grandson commented on the lack of traffic since it was Material Day...I had to chuckle at the words of this fabricaholics grandchild.  I explained that it was Memorial Day not Material Day and that we were celebrating the sacrifices that our service men and women make so that we can live the wonderful lives we live.  I think he got it but hey, I wouldn't mind celebrating a Material Day next weekend.

After a nice long weekend of fun outside it seems only right that I spend the day inside putting things back in order around here, so I've declared today a cleaning day.  I am ashamed to admit that I probably should have declared a day last week as a cleaning day but have been holed up in my studio obsessed with making stuff and have totally neglected my chores. I haven't had a chance to take pictures of what I'm working on with anything other than my phone camera but once the house is clean I will, so that I can share it with you here.

It is so easy to post on instagram and facebook that I have been neglectful of this little blog space but I do miss it and am going to get back into the habit of sharing here more regularly.

Happy Tuesday!  Back to work again.

xo, Patty

May 7, 2014

early vegetables

We are headed into another week of 90 degree weather and it's only early May.  Thankfully we had a really pleasant April with nice mild temperatures and I was able to get out in the garden and work the soil.  My cool season veggies are in and I have already started harvesting the earliest of them to produce, these radishes.

I am not a fan of radishes but my husband is and they are such an instant (well, almost instant) gratification vegetable that I love putting their seeds in the ground early.

These are a french variety and have a rather long tubular shape to them.  My husband says they are the best tasting I have ever grown.

Since they are a cool season vegetable and I live in Zone 9 climate, I constructed a shade covering to protect them from the intense afternoon sun and it seems to be doing the trick so far.  I will plant a new crop every couple of weeks through May and hopefully will continue to harvest them through June, depending on the weather.

I have two small raised beds tucked into a corner of the yard.  One for vegetables (I also put in a couple of tomato plants, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, strawberries and cilantro) and one for cutting flowers.

I have already picked a few strawberries and have lots of small tomatoes that should be ready to harvest soon, as well.  I find my time in the garden so relaxing both mentally and physically and picking fresh food for the table from a small plot of ground is such a happy bonus. 

What about you, have you had a chance to get your hands dirty in the garden this spring?

xo, Patty

May 1, 2014

container gardens

The weather has been perfect for puttering in the garden.  For me that means heading out to a couple of my favorite local nurseries for some inspiration.

I always come home with as many plants as my budget will allow.  This time it's pretty annuals and a little time spent at my potting bench putting together some sunny container gardens.

Isn't it amazing how much beauty can come from a couple of hours with a few plants and a bag of potting soil.

The best part is that these will continue to make me smile for months to come.

I put together a little tutorial on how to plant a container garden on my teaching blog Lessons from Lemon Lane if you want to give it a try.

xo, Patty

April 29, 2014

it just happened...

Hi there.  I really didn't set out to take a month away from just happened.  But I'm back and much the better for my time away.

While I was gone I had a chance to take stock of what about sharing with others brings me joy and what feels less than authentically me.  I am a teacher at heart and in giftedness...a sporadic crafter, a lover of gardens, a budding artist and an amateur photographer so that's what you'll get when you visit here.

I have added a companion blog to this one called Lessons from Lemon Lane that I will use as my teaching blog.  I may only post a tutorial there once a month or I may post once a week, it's kind of a "we'll see how it goes" project for now.  I am hoping to incorporate both written and video tutorials with in depth step by step instructions of my scattered bursts of creativity.

This pretty pink rose is just one of the many bushes that are bursting forth in the garden right now.  While some of you are just getting started, we Southern Californian's are harvesting away.  But take heart, we'll be complaining about the excessive heat in no time at all!

xo, Patty

February 4, 2014

the lure of the garden

I have succumbed to the lure of the garden.  I have spent the better part of the last few days weeding my little patch of perennials and turning over the soil.

My natural tendency is to forgo this part of gardening and get straight away to planting pretty flowers but time and my friends have taught me that this little bit of hard work and patience pays off in the end.

As I clear out the weeds and prune back the dead shoots I notice nature at work bringing forth beauty to be enjoyed in the months to come.  Little plants have reseeded themselves without any help from me.

 I love this part of gardening, the little surprises...

As I clear out the old, I take time to double dig the exposed earth and add natural fertilizers that will help my garden grow come those hot days of August and September.  Adding the extra time now prolongs the quality of life for these pretty roses and the rest of the garden flowers.

I find this true in my life as well.  (Okay, who didn't know a life analogy was coming?) 

Taking the time to enrich my life with fertilizers like love, rich words, simplified schedules, removal of excesses and time spent in prayer, ensures that when the weather turns harsh in my life (which it inevitably will) I will have what it takes to keep going. 

The cool thing about this assurance is that during the spring when everything is blooming, I don't even have to think about the heat of summer because my heart's soil has already been amended...the work to sustain joy has already been done and with daily maintenance I am ready to face whatever lies ahead.  But not without first fully enjoying the beauty of spring.

So, what have you done today to enrich the soil of your heart? 

xo, Patty

February 1, 2014

hello saturday

Hello Saturday, fresh off your night of light rain and cloudy sky day and hello February.  It was so nice to hear the pitter patter of rain fall Thursday night even though the amounts were not significant, it was a nice reminder that the rains will come in due time.

I took full advantage of the way a gentle soaking can loosen up the soil just enough to make weed pulling so much easier and I cleaned out my back perennial bed. 

It felt so good to get a little dirt under my nails and turn over the soil in anticipation of some new flowers going into the garden.

It always surprises me what is hiding just beneath the surface waiting to greet Spring head on.

There was actually more blooming than I thought.  Enough to gather a small bouquet for a friend this morning.

I am heading to the nursery this afternoon for some soil amendments and to see what I want to fill all this gorgeous brown dirt with.

What about you?  What are you up to today?  Whatever it is, I hope the sun shines down on your day.

xo, Patty

January 1, 2014

january 1st

Happy New Year.  To spite the fact that my big accomplishment for today is that I am up and dressed, (yes, I did succumb to the nasty cold bug) I am all over the thought of a fresh new year.

January 1st always brings with it a slew of new hopes and dreams and the chance to accomplish anything we set out minds to.

I haven't had the clearest of minds thanks to the cold meds and feverish moments that have been my constant companion, so my pondering and reflection over 2013 will be a bit delayed as will my list of goals for 2014.

I do know that I have set my mind upon taking 2014 full steam ahead, facing each day head on...

not shying away from the tough stuff...

and being thankful in all things.

Like these camellias, each year brings with it new growth and new opportunities to provide beauty to the world around us.

xo, Patty

December 28, 2013

hello saturday

Hello Saturday, the very last Saturday of 2013.  You bring with you a week of the most glorious non winterish weather in the high 70's and we are basking in it.  The garden that I just weeded and pruned back is bursting with buds and new weeds alike.  But that's okay, I'm sure winter will turn up fashionably late, as this is Southern California after all.

I am in the midst of sickies at home and in my immediate family, with a bad bout of some sort of flu bug or cold virus (depending on who is describing the symptoms) with high fevers, chills, nausea, vomiting, headaches, coughing, sore throats and all manner of yucky feelings abounding.

So far, I have escaped with only a minor headache (and I think that may just be the result of playing nurse, a role I was not born to play) and I am hopeful that this bug will fly right over me.

I hope you and yours are fairing better and are happily enjoying the last hurrah of 2013.  If I stay healthy, I am off to my moms tomorrow for a last visit with my sister before she flies back to Texas.

Happy Saturday!

xo, Patty

November 14, 2013

the small things

I snapped a few pictures of the last of the miniature roses in the garden.  I hadn't noticed they were still blooming until I finished the fall clean up of the back perennial bed.   

I love the way the empty space in the garden looks after the weeds and spent flowers have been removed.

The emptiness provides my mind with the room to plan for next year.  My plans are usually a bit more selective than the riot of color that appears by late spring.  With each trip to the garden center I am enticed with the beauty of the flowers and my mind believes that more of a good thing is always better.

Sometimes gardens, and life for that matter, can get so overcrowded with the big stuff that it takes a major weeding and thinning out to appreciate the beauty of the small flowers that have been over shadowed by the larger showy ones. 

As I continue to purge the excess from my life, I am enchanted with the little blessings that keep popping up.  I hope when the promise of a new sunshiny spring comes along I will remember to be selective so that those small things never get lost again.

xo, Patty

October 8, 2013

to brighten your day

As a reward to myself for finishing a few things on my mile long to do list, I headed out to the
nursery to pick up a few pansies for the front yard.

There is something about these cheerful colors and smiling flower faces that just brightens any day.

In the hustle and bustle of life I had forgotten the simple pleasure these sweet little annuals can be.

I hope you have a little something cheerful to brighten your day!

xo, Patty

I'm joining Brenda at Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday.

July 31, 2013

starting the day and other random thoughts

I have been blogging for over four years and visiting with you here at Lemon Lane for the last two.  It's funny how a part of my life it's become and how easy it is to take it, and all of you, for granted. 

Every morning when I get up my computer is sitting on the counter waiting for me to open it up and greet the day.  It's amazing how quickly that ritual has firmly rooted itself into my life.  While the coffee is brewing I will check my favorite social media spots and slowly form a plan for the day.  Sometimes I get distracted (more times than not) and my quick check will turn into a half an hour.

Once my coffee is poured I will shut the lid on this grey distraction and head over to my favorite leather chair for my quiet time.  I am nothing if not a creature of habit...

After my first cup of coffee with Jesus, I top off my mug, head over to the kitchen table and scribble a few intentions in my day planner and reconnect with my cyber friends.  I look forward to reading your sweet comments (with the intention of replying but rarely the follow through, for this I am sorry) and head on over to your place to catch up with you.

Sometimes I feel guilty for the time I spend here.  Should I be doing something more productive than passing on pretty tidbits to my facebook friends or blogging about the random and menial things going on in my life? 

And so I try and imagine my life without all of you in it.  How would that time be spent, who would I be connecting with or encouraging?  What escape from the sometimes harsh realities of life would I have?

I firmly believe that we were created as relational creatures and that every generation has had their form of "coffee and girl talk", this is just ours.  Is there a need for balance and boundaries?  Should we set up time limits and make time for real life friendships?  Most definitely.  But is my time spent here wasted?  I don't think it is.

The joy, heartache, advice, encouragement and cyber friendships that I've formed on this little grey box have helped me stay connected in a way that wouldn't have been possible in real life.  There is no way I could have visited with all of you in person and I would have spent the whole day on the phone trying to catch up on all of your news without the Internet.

And how would I have updated you on the fact that I have six little pumpkins growing in my pumpkin patch and shared this sweet little pyrex bowl full of cherry tomatoes that my grandson picked for me this weekend.  And who would have looked at the seven pictures I took of them? You know, the important stuff...

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject and whatever else is new in your life.

xo, Patty