The year has gone by in a blink, bringing a whirlwind of stress and anxiety.  But the garden doesn’t keep watch on the hour and is always there awaiting me, bringing time of reflection and some peace of mind.

What brings you peace in times of high stress and sorrow?

My mother reminded me the other day to try and find beauty in everything, but it never fails that in times of chaos, stress and worry I forget this.  We had our first frost Saturday night.  Summer is officially over and winter is well on its’ way.  Here is some of the beauty I found in the garden awaiting me early Sunday morning





strawberry vanilla hydrangea



Café Love

My oldest daughter celebrated her birthday this week, so this weeks arrangement was inspired by her love of pink.  I will say that it is one of my favorites too so it might be where she got it from 🙂

Pink Arrangement pic 1

Pink Arrangement pic 2

The flower that stole the show again was the Dahlia ‘Café Au Lait.’  I cannot get over how much I love this flower.  This Dahlia is one of the best I have grown.  Great flower producer! I purchased the tuber from Sunny Meadows Flower Farm this spring as a part of a fundraiser they were having to help rebuild one of their greenhouses.

Pink Arrangement pic 3

Cafe au lait

Cafe au lait pic 2


Other flowers that were added in include;  Nanho Blue Butterfly Bush, Red Lime Queen Zinnia, Cramer’s Amazon Celosia and Wendy’s Wish Salvia.  The Wendy’s Wish is a other one that I cannot get enough of as well.  For me it is an annual so I have to replant every year but I do not mind.  It supplies blooms from late spring till frost.   I noticed a light fragrance this year which seems strange because I have not before but it is welcomed.  Also a great Hummingbird attractant!

Butterfly Bush

Lime Queen

Cramers Amazon Celosia

Wendys Wish close up

I hope everyone is having a great day!


The garden that almost was.

We live in a townhome currently with a small yard and have always wanted to not live so close to others.  I guess this is what happens when you grow up in the country with no neighbors in sight and land to go on adventures and explore.  Recently, came across a house with land that would have been prefect of our little family.  A house not too big or too small, same with the land perfect for the girls to run on, out of the city enough, closer to work and family.  I started planning in my head the garden; sweeps of large sun loving Hydrangeas and grasses with larger groups of all my beloved flowers (in comparison to what I have now which is one of each), an actual kitchen garden full of all my herbs, a veg garden to last us year long, a cold frame, a greenhouse (this I think I loved the most), apple trees that included my favorite Winter Banana and enough berry bushes planted out for my monsters to fill their bellies till content and fingers stained.

Reality set in.  The owner was unwilling to workout the price, which was way over priced and still needed costly fixes.  😦 He owes nothing on it, rented it out for the past 15 years.  I would have understood some, if the money was needed but it was just out of greed.  The realtor stated that the owner did not care if the house sat, just cared that the price paid to him was the high or more than his asking.  So now I guess we just wait until we find the actual “perfect” one for us.  Until then I will keep collecting and starting seeds for our little section of veggies.  But one thing has keep me thinking, which plants I would take with us, all of the plants? I could not just leave everything. I could not narrow it down but what I came up with was; Snowdrops, lilies, daylilies, hellebores, Swamp Azalea, misc. rare bulbs and random climbing rose that I no longer remember the cultivar.

So the question is which plants would you “have” to take with you if you were to move from your current home and garden?

Happy Monday!

Misc Climbing Rose