Recently I was rummaging through old digital images and found these keepers from 2014. Surprisingly I have never shared them and forgot them in this busy whirlwind of life. It was an emotional time as our family was getting ready to say good luck to our oldest son, Dylan as he made his way to college in Maine. Branden was still in high school and entering his junior year.
This October trip was our last one as a family and I could already feel significant differences. Our boys weren’t boys anymore but strong young men with dreams and hopes for their futures. As they walked the path to the ocean, I couldn’t help compare it to their new lives. Looking out upon the vast and open ocean, perhaps my sons thought of their uncertain but exciting future! The never ending water symbolized their journey into the unknown real world. No more mom and dad holding their hands or life in a small town as they knew all their lives.
The few family vacations we ventured on were to the beach at Ogunquit, Maine. Years ago, as little active boys they would run and kick the sand and chase after the seagulls. Wading in and out of the rushing in tide could entertain them for hours. We would laugh and play and soak in the sun. Those memories will live with me forever.
This trip they gazed at the ocean, sat in the sand and walked up to the approaching tide. It was a chilly but bright October day with few crowds. Most people were bundled in coats or sweatshirts and merely walked the ocean’s edge unlike the brave summer swimmers from months before.
I feel grateful beyond belief that Tom and I had all this God given time with our sons. Now, as they start their new lives, we welcome all their stories and life experiences and offer wise advice when they ask for it. This is a happy and joyful time of our lives where we look forward to our family expanding and being grandparents someday!
What a blessing to find these pictures during a time I feel nostalgic of family times. This wasn’t the best of trips but just as meaningful and I’m so happy that we did it that weekend and enjoyed our sons as grown men!
Good afternoon to you all! Yesterday I walked around my yard checking my flowers and plants out. I guess most people enjoy doing this…hearing the birds, having the sun shine on my cheeks, seeing beauty and growth in my flowers! These moments I am truly grateful for because it feeds my soul and alleviates everyday stresses. If you garden, you probably know what I mean. Gardening is a peaceful activity and reminds me of a meditation that I can do at home and several times a day.
As I walked the lawn’s edge past our towering pine tree ( it’s about a hundred feet tall) and approached the birch, I was surprised to find my little purple gems blossomed! I’m not sure if they are a morning glory variety but I speculate they are since they open up in the morning and close late afternoon and night.
Several years ago my husband’s employer had her flower garden reconstructed and had a few flowers that she didn’t want anymore. Tom happily took these beauties and planted them at our house beside a lone birch tree by the road. We have never really taken care of them and didn’t need to. They seemed to do well where he planted them but now I’m not sure if I should divide them? The clumps look quite big and messy and I even had to stake one bunch because the flowers were drooping down on the ground.
I need some gardening advice, folks! Should I stake the rest and divide them in the fall? Any other suggestions on what to do with them? If you know this plant species name that would be helpful too. Am I right with the morning glory guess?
Blessings to you all. I hope your summer is off to a great start! Lately in New Hampshire, we’ve had beautiful sunny warm weather with a cool breeze which absolutely equals heaven! It’s spectacular weather for gardening, strolling along your yard and reading a book!
Two weeks ago my husband and I planted our annual vegetable garden. It was quite a project and took longer than we expected. As the sun warmed the earth, there was that sticky change in the air. It was the distinct sign of rain, as bugs went crazy in our face and nibbled at our exposed ears. Although our bout with the annoying insects drove us crazy and tried our patience, we still persevered at our gardening task with a farmer’s steadfast determination.
My husband and I are quite a team because we work together in tandem like a well oiled machine, but we should, as we have been doing this for a few years now. It’s our fourth year planting here at our home overlooking our pond. Before that we worked and enjoyed a vegetable plot for sixteen years. It’s just what we do in June with persistent faith in what will grow. Tom raked the rows and I planted the seeds and plants. After it all was planted and marked, we watered the rows for the first time.
Here we are immersed in the June season…a time to start anew and plant in hopes of mother nature’s cooperation. It’s a rush to plant because if you wait until now it may be too late. The growing season is so short lived here that time is of the essence. I always start the first weekend of June for I fear the weather will have a frost or my delicate saplings won’t make the cold weather. So we plant hurriedly in hopes of a harvest in July, August and September depending on what vegetables they are.
A New England tip for gardener’s is to not only sow seeds but buy or start plants for a head start. I don’t have a sun room or anything ideal to start seeds in February, although a greenhouse would be nice someday! Buying started vegetable plants boosts your garden and you will harvest much quicker than if you started planting seeds. Some veggies grow super fast, so those you can sow seeds and it’s fine. They are green beans, carrots, spinach and lettuce, herbs, and radishes to name a few. I always choose tomato, squash, cucumber and eggplant plants so that I can harvest in June for the cukes and August and September for the rest.
In previous years my dad always has his ground seeds planted by mid May while my plot hasn’t even been tilled yet! The amazing thing is that he lives even more north of me and has different weather but it seems to always work out for him. I have to remember that he’s retired as well and has more time on his hands than me! This year he has a little greenhouse with shelves in it to grow veggies in containers and then he’s placing the containers outside where his garden was. I wish him well with his new system and there will be less weeds doing it this way.
This year we had a deluge of rain, raining just about every day and as that happened, our brook bordering our woods was churning and bubbling fast because of all the water rush. I hoped that our seeds wouldn’t rot in all the muck but with wishful thinking and the warm sun pulling its weight now, it all will be fine.
Gardening takes lots of patience…patience for it to happen on it’s terms and not yours. Here it’s been two weeks since I planted and little has changed with the plants, although most planted seeds have sprouted from the earth. I can continuously check every day like an anxious elementary child who has sown her bean seed in a little cup. Even so, if I constantly watch for some growth, it’s definitely not going to speed up it’s progress.
This year our vegetable garden includes corn, green beans, carrots, two kinds of cucumbers ( straight 8’s and pickling), beets, spinach, Swiss chard, lettuce, basil, thyme, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, buttercup squash, zucchini and summer squash, tomatoes ( cherry and early girl), and marigolds lined up as soldiers to ward off the pests.
Have you planted your garden yet? What did you plant for your family and friends? I wish you many harvested goodies from your countless hours of gardening! The pure gift of sunshine and freshly fallen rain helps a bunch and a never ending faith of what will be.
I don’t know about you, but the first few weeks of spring I walk around my flower beds and pull annoying weeds that pop up. It’s a gardener’s priority, a dreaded but necessary chore. I know it’s part of the game but if you refuse to play or can’t keep up, they overtake a space. Although it’s a pain and annoying, I’ve learned that there are tricks you can practice such as laying newspapers or mats down with mulch on top or in the veggie garden, you can till around the rows and merely weed around the plants.
Lo and behold, these guys squeezed through!
Here’s my patch of weeds that I was going to pull this week.
Every year we’ve been here, I’ve pulled them before they got too big.
weeds or not…
adorable tiny flowers emerged after a rainstorm the other day.
God’s little gift and a true reminder
that weeds are beautiful too
and maybe sometimes there’s plenty of room for them!
Welcome to the flighty days of spring, where only in New England there can be a cold rainy day in the 40’s and the very next day a drastic surge to 90 degrees with sweaty hot heat ( this happened to us this week and it was a shock!) While most of us expect crazy weather here, it still caught us off guard. One day the inside heat was blaring and the next, windows were wide open and fans were tirelessly cranking. It’s also a wardrobe nightmare. The dilemma is what do I wear to work from one day to the next? Long sleeve and pants one day and short sleeves and capris the next.
In this enchanted season, our dark green grassy lawns thrive and all around apple blossoms paint a pretty pink scene! Not only does the beauty appeal to the eye, but heavenly aroma lingers as I walk by. Our cherry tree sports lovely white blossoms and since it’s grown close to our house, I can enjoy it with a mere glance out the living room window or on a trek on the front lawn. They won’t last long and before I know it, just leaves will exist on the tree’s frame, yet twittering beautiful little birds will perch among the greenery.
Spring is here and nature’s precious blossoms and buds dominate our little world. On our front lawn we have two lilac trees. One was planted many years ago and greeted us when we moved in. It faces the roadside and much too close to the edge. Unfortunately one winter a snow plow accidentally cut it up. Tom cut back some limbs and happily nursed it back to health. That guy has a special way with things in nature! Now, a couple of years later it’s bouncing back! Rich and healthy leaves are lush and it seems ready to blossom once again. A few small blossoms are appearing, so there’s hope for future lilacs.
Our second tree stands on our front lawn as well, but faces the adjoining road( not as close as the other one.) We planted it a couple of years ago, a present from a person who Tom works for. This tree grows dark purple flowers, much darker than the other tree. The lilacs are slowly opening up to the hearty sunshine and a faint smell is a pleasant gift. In a week the tree should have several lilacs here and there, appealing to bees and birds.
Although we truly enjoy and adore the lilacs, one drawback is that they don’t seem to last here long. I’m not sure if that’s my doing and I should try to prevent that by using Miracle Grow to increase their blooming. Last year we had them about three short weeks and then a raging rain storm hit our region and knocked every lilac flower down. The tree was a naked sight and it was sorrowful that it ended so soon.
This year it’s been about a week of purple buds and every day they pop up more. Just when we get to see to their delight, they’re gone! It’s one of those fast and fleeting entities, something we must cherish every moment until their time is up. In early evenings after supper, I enjoy walking the lawn and eyeing these flowers. With a chilled glass of wine in hand, I value this time on our lot and continue to thank God for blessing us with it.
As spring marches on, my mind wanders to my future window boxes filled with flowers and of course, my veggie garden. Within the next week I’ll be visiting Sullivan’s Greenhouse for my annual flower and veggie shop. Things will start to happen and with the promise of warmer weather comes my planting work in the early days of June ( not really work though because it’s a joy of mine).
I also plan to extend my front flower gardens to wrap around the house to the front of our kitchen. I would like to pick out a hydrangea tree or bush, false sunflowers and purple cone flowers. Hopefully it will be a beautiful mix of yellow, white and purple flowers. That will be mid- June and like my spare bedroom project, when they are complete, I’ll post results.
I hope you are thoroughly enjoying whatever season you are immersed in and that you cherish the fleeting moments. As always, thank you for stopping by!