9.01.2014

Good Morning

Who knew the joy I would get from planting a few packs of Morning Glories.


I have always admired my dad's Morning Glories. I'm not sure why I have never taken the leap.



This year I went a little crazy.


 

I planted at least five packs.
And they twisted their way around the rustic fence.



They have blessed me with the most gorgeous blooms. Blooms that seem to have a sunbeam hidden deep  inside their opaque petals.


But the faded blossoms have me as intrigued as the full showy flower. The way they shrink inward in a perfect circle….like a popped balloon….


Nature is AMAZING!




My only complaint is that I have been missing the blooms on school days. 
This one is ready to put on a show. And although I will not be there to revel in its beauty….I will anxiously await Saturday morning and my newfound friend.

8.27.2014

Prince Snow Farm Rustic Card Giveaway

Rustic Card Giveaway!


As many of you know, I have launched a line of rustic greeting cards featuring my garden photography here at Prince Snow Farm. (available here)

I am very excited to give away my first few designs, BUT it gets better. The winner will receive these three designs, and will receive one copy of EVERY design I print for the next YEAR! I will be printing at least 20 cards, but my goal is to have many more! ( I will guarantee the winner at lead 20 cards throughout the year!)

The cards have a wonderful rustic garden theme, are blank inside, and are a generous 5 x 7.

Please us the rafflecopter below to earn chances to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

8.25.2014

Dreams

First off, I thought you would like to see my card designs!  I only started with 3, and I am working on many more, as well as prints. I love that these 5 x 7 matte finish cards can also be framed.


My favorite part about designing these cards, is that they are truly MINE! They are the result of many morning walks through the garden….camera slung around my neck, taking in the sun or fog or rain….and they are truly from my heart!





I have never purposely set out to photograph for cards or prints. I just photograph what I love and then choose something that fits. A bit backwards, maybe, but that's how this brain of mine works.


A perfect example is this hobnail milk glass vase with a rose. My friend dropped a pair off for me, my first (ever) roses were blooming….so I took them on a field trip around the property.





The color was so vivid, it was quite hard to get a crisp image...


…so I tried many different backdrops...


…and came back in with a few photos that I truly love.



It wasn't until Nancy Wallace from @wallacegardens suggested a card series from them, that it even clicked! So sometimes what might seem a pre-planned event to you, is actually just a creative gardener at play!





Several of you have inquired about where they will be for sale. I am still working on that….here or Instagram or Etsy. Or maybe all three! And of course, local delivery too :)



So this girl is headed back to school….but believe me, I am full steam ahead chasing my dream!

"You may tire of reality….but you never tire of dreams."
-L.M. Montogomery-








8.21.2014

The Inevitable

My Mother's Day roses are blooming.
This gardener who has planted and tended and coddled since I was single digits, has never had roses.


So my joy is a bit intense. The velvety layers of ruffles….


…the gentle curves….


…the hidden creases….detail only brought to to me by a camera's lens.


They are just starting to bloom now, as August's light changes…as shadows become long, 
and nights become cool. 




They are rebels in the gardening world. Rebelling against nature's
 time plan. 
Bucking the seasonal bronco.



I think that's why I am so consumed by them...



…because I too am rebelling….fighting the changes that inevitably occur next week.


I cannot hold back the tear that slips across this freckled cheek.


Nor do I want to.


For it is this mama's way of protesting the inescapable. 


How I have absorbed every moment of this summer. Every smile, every grumpy morning face, every request for a snack or drink or cuddle or ride. Every early morning walk with my husband, every big eyed pug green bean plea.



 I will approach my 23rd year teaching with grace….


….but will take this bouquet with me.

8.03.2014

Hope


Some people meditate to dig deep into their souls.
Others may pray or read or discuss.

I find that a walk through the garden
always allows me the ability to discover something new.


Something new about myself…or perhaps about my place in this world.


Today as I walked around after a morning rain, I found myself drawn to the blossoms.


Typically I look to the color and pizzazz of the brightest flowers, or to that of a fully formed fruit or vegetable.


But today I was pulled into the mystery of the blossoms.


And as I photographed them, I searched for their meaning.


It was here that I discovered HOPE.


Hope for the future.


Hope for a path that is clearly lit and easy to navigate.


Hope for my jumbled mind to figure out my true meaning on this Earth.



Hope for my children and their futures.


These blossoms signify what is to come...


….and many times that has something to do with what has come before….



These blossoms are time travelers ...


….an echo of sentiment….


….a piece of my heart.


Awakening.

7.28.2014

Lavender



Typically we harvest large quantities of lavender , dry it flat and strip the crispy stems into bowls, then store in covered pails.  Usually I have enough dried lavender to fill sachets as gifts for a whole year. 

A friend's daughter asked if we could supply her with some dried lavender for wedding centerpieces. So this year we have bundles tied and hanging from the hearth. They are drying perfectly.



And even though this year proved to be a terrible year for the quantity of lavender, (due to the harsh winter), it has been a year of gorgeous quality lavender.


I have picked enough to keep a bit, and then we left a bit for the bees. After all, when you see bees, the last thing you want to do is take away their food supply! We need to keep Earth's pollinator's healthy and multiplying!


And with the perennial/ vegetable garden just beyond the lavender patch, I know that those bees will also be worker bees in our garden, helping to supply our family with a plentiful bounty.

I DO need your help!  We are going to replant as many lavender plants as we can afford to this year.
I need to know your favorites! Your highest producers, your best lavender for scent and drying and color. But I also need to know about hardy lavender. Ours has been exceptional. Fifteen years of tremendous production. We are in zone 6B, bordering on Cape Cod. So we are coastal, and yes, we get all of those coastal storms!


Eventually we would love to have 50 thriving lavender plants. I think we will return to Cape Cod Lavender Farm, as our very old grand dames were purchased there.


Please share your thoughts and favorites!
Enjoy the week….I'm off to the garden!

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