Decorating With Notes of Spring

The air has a slightly different feel to it.  A different scent.  The cold is still there.  I bundle up as I go out to do chores.  But there is a tinge of something else upon the morning breath.  Life.  Spring.  By all indications, it is still the dead of winter, but I sense it. …

How to Make a Nourishing, Infused Oil for Dry Skin

It is so dry around here that I do believe a stale cracker blowing across the desert in a windstorm has more moisture than my skin has right now.  Colorado is always dry-most of the state is high desert- but winter is the worst!  It is time to make a nourishing infused oil and calm…

Roses; Memory and the Gift of 17 Rose Bushes

I adore roses.  Roses on their stalks and heady smell.  Taller than me when I was young.  I stood in Grandma’s and Great-Grandma’s respective yards (next door to each other) and had my first internal lesson of aromatherapy.  Nature teaching me early. I have grown roses in pots, roses in the gardens, and have a granddaughter…

A Simpler Idea Board

I love this concept from Country Living magazine.  Take a picture or photograph that strikes you, that you love, that inspires you, and build a room (or house) around it.  I have had this picture torn from the back of the same magazine on my fridge for most of last year.  It is so lovely in…

The Grandma House

  My grandparents lived in their house for forty years.  They have lived in their current one for twenty.  My in-laws lived in theirs for thirty.  I wonder what it would be like to settle into a place that is home.  Where every corner holds memories, each piece of furniture remembers laughter and family gatherings,…

Farmgirl Gardening Series-Week 3 (Herbs and Roses)

I see you!  Don’t you dare plant those tomatoes yet!  For every person in Colorado that plants their tomatoes near Mother’s Day we get a snowstorm.  Don’t jinx us all. Now what can you plant this week?  Herbs.  Hardy ones.  Basil has to wait but most herbs are sturdy and anxious to grow making right now a fine…

Supporting Your Local Nursery (a field trip to Holly Acres)

In winter,  you might find a child riding a zebra or a toddler on a horse.  Perhaps you’d like to sit with Santa or drink hot chocolate.  We choose our perfect Christmas tree and haul it home happily in the season. In spring this same place is a gardener’s best friend.  Heirloom seeds abound, many…

How to Transplant in July (plants and oneself)

Can you transplant trees and plants in July?  With the right conditions, yes.  This summer is unusually autumn-like again!  Rain, cool mornings, it is an odd summer…again…or maybe it’s the new norm.  Anyhoo, since we aren’t in our usual hundred degree weather pattern, then transplants will generally take.  I moved the trees we planted a…

How to Create a Rose Garden in Less than 30 Minutes

A beautiful rose garden in less than thirty minutes?  What about digging a bed?  Amending the soil?  What if the area is just straight prairie and nothing grows but yucca?  You can indeed start a rose garden anywhere. Here are the requirements: Despite the common advice that roses love full sun, here in Colorado (and…