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Around the Gardens

June 2nd, 2009

I spent yesterday evening working in the garden. It was the perfect night, cool and breezy and the sunset was beautiful. I love working outside as the sun is setting, it’s always so peaceful and the light is lovely. I had my camera by my side and I spent more time snapping photos than weeding or watering as I should have been. So I thought I’d just share some photos of my gardens as they currently look.
Arugula blooming and spilling out of it’s raised bed.
I was trying to take some photos of my catmint plant, which the bumblebees love. I caught this one in mid-flight, not quite in focus, but I still love it.
I really like that chives bloom for so long.
Time to harvest this chamomile for winter teas.
The first bloom on my dark pink peony, it’s hiding on the back side of the fence.
We had a bit of rain shower on Saturday and the peonies always end up on the ground, I guess they need better drainage.
Lucy also enjoyed the evening in the garden.
I love it when the sun shines on the peas and you can see the little peas in the pod.
Things are getting a little crowded in the front flowerbed. I think it’s time to divide some perennials.
The potatoes seem to grow 6 inches each day!
I love the sunlight at this time of night, perfect!

What’s your favorite time of the day to work in the garden?

A Trip to Longwood Gardens

February 18th, 2009

Two years ago Mr Chiots and I took a trip to Longwood Gardens. It’s such a wonderful place. Longwood Gardens is great for anyone who loves flowers, trees, gardening and architecture. Located on 1,050 acres with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, you’ll find beauty at every turn. There are fountains, wooded gardens, Japanese gardens, vegetable gardens, rose gardens and pretty much anything you can think of. In the spring they have a tulip show that is spectacular, hundreds of thousands of bulbs are planted in the fall for the spring show (we got to see many of them). I would highly recommend it as a lovely day for anyone who lives within driving distance (or for those of you who live far away, whenever you make it to the area). Here’s a photo gallery from our trip (early May 2007).

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Anyone have any gardens they’d recommend visiting?

The Pumpkin Patch

June 24th, 2008

This year I decided to try to grow some pumpkins. Hopefully they will be gracing my front porch this fall. I planted Ghost Rider Pumpkins. I don’t have a ton of room for the rambling pumpkin vines, so I decided to use the hillside by the garage, it used to be planted in honeysuckle. I’m hoping I will have a bounty of pumpkins!

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.