June is the month where the yard starts feeling really full and lush. By the time May is over we start to see the end of the spring flowers as we make way for summer blooms and the hotter weather. Our Hostas are full grown and bursting with many flowers. Roses, Phlox, Sedum, and more are all out to play. [Read more…] about The Yard in June
It’s been about 2 months since this year’s garden was first planted. We’re finally starting to see fruit on practically all of the plants, though we’re still patiently waiting for our first real harvest. A lot has been going on since the last update so let’s take a look and see what all of this growth is about. [Read more…] about Garden Growth in Two Months
Okay, so over the winter some of my potted plants seem to suffer a little bit due to lack of sun or mis-watering, luckily most of them pull through and quickly thrive again as the days get warmer and longer. This year however, I had one major loss, like kind of devastating. Both of my Maple Tree Bonsais did not make it…
I’ve been a rock collector and a maker all my life. When I was a little girl I would set up shop in front of my house to sell my goods. On a TV tray I would display my beaded jewelry and friendship bracelets along with lemonade, popsicle stick boxes, seashells, and rocks that I had collected (some of which were found at the park directly across the street from my house!). Throughout the years I have dabbled and grown fond of a variety of materials and techniques. [Read more…] about Turning Moss Jewelry
The Tomatillos are coming! The Tomatillos are coming! The Tomatillos are coming! Yeah, I said it, the Tomatillos are coming. Whatever, it’s really no big deal, they’re just amazing little fruits wrapped inside a delicate papery husk. Kind of magical, but who even cares? I do. Ha, okay, I might be a little bit excited about this, so I though I would give a quick update on how my Tomatillos are going so far. [Read more…] about Tomatillo Garden Update
Komorebi is the Japanese word for when the sunlight filters through the leave of the trees. It’s about how the sunlight plays with the layers of the leaves and the gorgeous scenes they create together. I’ve always been particularly pleased with this idea, there’s something so simple and peaceful about it. Although English doesn’t provide a single word for the situation, I’m happy to know that another language pulled through for us. [Read more…] about Komorebi at Starved Rock
The Daisy Fleabane is a wildflower found in most of the United States and Canada. These spunky little flowers bloom from spring to fall, flaunting thin hairlike white petals surrounding a bright yellow center. You can spot them in vacant lots, on the side of the road, backyards, forests, and practically anywhere else. Some may consider this plant to be a weed or even invasive, however I think these wildflowers are delicate little beauties. [Read more…] about Daisy Fleabane
Last week we took a day trip to Starved Rock State Park, Illinois. Although it’s only a short 2 hour drive from Chicago, it had been well over a decade since my last visit. Why?! It was a perfect day for a nice hike in the woods, lots of spring flowers, mosses, and ferns to gawk at… oh and the Canyons!