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Hello, Winter!

They were calling for snow… I kept hoping they were wrong. They sometimes are, you know. 😉 But this morning when I walked out through my yard, this is the sight that greeted my eyes:

winterMy lovely, bright flowers are each sporting a white cap of fluffy snow.

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The grass is holding up a layer of snow on its green spears…

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I walked out to my garden and unplugged the electric fence. For there is very little left alive in there to protect. The corn may look nice – but I bet it will be brown by the end of the day. Besides, the coons have eaten most of the ears, anyways. :(

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Zucchini plants. You can’t plant too many here in WY, as you only get to pick a few before the plants freeze! ;)

 

Thankfully, I don’t think a bit of fluffy snow should hurt my apples. 

 

winterIt’s been but a short time since my last snow post, but I am hoping for a nice, long Indian Summer after this! 😉

Happy Winter, my friends.

 

 

Wyoming Garden Update – the greenhouse edition.

I have been meaning to get this update up sooner… but aahhh. Life is full and wonderful, and not to be over-crammed. :)
Here is a photo taken during July, and the broccoli has all been picked since then. You can see the strawberries have most of their leaves eaten off. Not sure if it was deer or what – but I am going with deer, since they have been my main nemesis in gardening! I have pulled and eaten the onions in this pot.
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The carrots have all been pulled and eaten, the cilantro has been picked and picked and then went to seed, the basil is still doing pretty good, although the leaves are getting smaller.garden tour 4
Wow! I can’t believe how much this plot has changed in a month’s time! This photo was taken in July…garden tour 7Same spot – about 5-6 weeks later! greenhouse in wyI tossed a wildflower packet I had in there, just figuring nothing would bloom before frost. Well, I was oh so wonderfully wrong! There are bachelors buttons, zinnias, marigolds, baby’s breath, and lots of unknown pretty flowers. So fun to see what all is coming up!greenhouse in wy

I need to look up the name of this beautiful flower...

I need to look up the name of this beautiful flower…

Inside the greenhouse, the tomatoes have shot up to hit the roof! I have harvested a handful of grape tomatoes, two ‘Cherokee Purple’ slicing tomatoes, one HUGE green bell pepper, a chile pepper, and about 6-8 small cucumbers.

Tomatoes are hitting the roof!

Tomatoes are hitting the roof!

 

Bell peppers

Bell peppers

Speaking of cucumbers… This is one plant! Going crazy. Gonna have to train it better next year.

 

Cukes are taking over! Help!

Cukes are taking over! Help!

 

Tomatoes galore!!

Tomatoes galore!!

 

 

My sweet helper!

My sweet helper!

Overall, I am delighted with how things are progressing in my greenhouse, and have learned a lot for next year. Hope you enjoyed this greenhouse tour! :)

 

Wyoming Garden Update – August, 2014

Hi friends! Just a quick post to give you an update on my precious, struggling garden! :) I have not photographed everything I have harvested – but today I thought I would give you another peak…

Carrots, two zucchini, an onion, a handful of crab-apples (seriously – is that all you can do?!) and a few new potatoes – just for fun. :)  The onions are all nearly ready, but since I don’t need them yet, figured I’d let them stay in the ground till they are bigger, or till I need them. I love going out and pulling a fresh onion for dinner. And the potatoes I dug just to see how big they are… yes, I am quite childish about waiting on root crops! I am leaving the rest till they mature, no worries.

The carrots are actually going crazy out there, and last week I pulled about two pounds of nice sized carrots! I planted them ‘way too thick, so I am pulling them here and there to thin out some of the thick spots. And my kids love them – they are so tender! I do pick zucchini pretty small – who needs huge nasty ones?

I also picked two cherry tomatoes from my greenhouse today, but they went straight into my mouth! 😉 and yesterday I picked some cucumbers. So I am feeling pretty happy about my garden this year.

My favorite is the flowers – all from my little flower patch! So pretty…

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Blurry cell phone pic!

Yesterday I made these yogurt/fruit parfaits for breakfast. I ran out of yogurt, but they were still delicious! I used my own homemade granola, vanilla yogurt, and peach pie filling (also homemade). My son plopped a spoonful of Cool Whip on top of his. :) Yum. If I would have had more yogurt, I would have added another layer on the top.

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While I was hunting for crab-apples on the tree today, I found this cute little bird’s nest.

nestWe started school Monday. So far it is going good and we are enjoying it. My 18 month old wants to practice phonics with her sister everyday. :) She knows all her letter sounds already, the little stinker! (I want my baby as long as possible!!!!)

Anyways. That is what I am up to.

Oh! And I sent my very first international cinch order last week. All the way to Australia! Kind of big for me, I admit. :)

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Spring Happenings

Spring was creeping in, pushing up with green grass and tiny blossoms. She began sprinkling her flowery scents over the air, and calling the birds back from the southland. She was gentle and quiet and oh so beautiful!
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But then Old Man Winter rose up from his dying bed and gave one last furious scream. His breath rattled the windows and shook the house. He blew out wind and hurled piles of snow at the quivering world.

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There was nothing Miss Spring could do but wait. So she waited. She waited through a full day and night of driving snow. She waited while her pretty flowers were beaten to the ground, and she waited while her green grass was covered over in a foot of snow. A tiny goldfinch lost his way in the storm and was buried, yet she still waited – so patient. She knew her time was coming…

And when Old Man Winter gasped his last breath, she was still there, waiting to take over. This time she did not tiptoe in. This time she came in on dancing, twirling feet! She tossed flowers with a abandon and the breezes were laden with heavy perfume from a million tiny blossoms!

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Except…

It wasn’t really Miss Spring and Old Man Winter, you know.

It was God.

Our great, awesome, unbelievably artistic and perfect Father. He is the One who changes seasons. He is the one who makes the rain (and snow!) to fall on the evil and the good. If your crops get ruined by the weather  – He isn’t singling you out. He isn’t blessing that wretched sinner by allowing his crops to grow in peace! No, it is simply the way He created Nature – times and seasons and we have to deal with it. Yes, He can control the weather, absolutely! And we should pray for rain, or sun or whatever is needed. But we don’t see the bigger picture, so lets not get discouraged if our prayers don’t get answered the way we like. :)

 

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He ushered in thick, lush grass and rainstorms. He cloaked the cottonwood trees with a heavy garment of leaves. He shrouded the mornings in fog and dew and gave strength to the afternoon sun. He painted with wild abandon – dripping bright drops of color over everything in sight.

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And when the day was done, He took out His paintbrush again, and slathered the sky with generous strokes of orange and red and yellow.

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My Father.

He does all this. 

Is there Winter in your heart? Dead and cold and barren? He will gladly usher in a beautiful, glorious Spring! He will paint your heart with bright colors, and set you to laughing again! He is Almighty God! He wants – indeed – longs to fill you and empower you!