8.16.2017

Healthy Eating-Sign Up Today!


  • Ok so I had such fun introducing this last summer! Who wants to join me again....or for the first time? 
  •  What's this all about? Next week, Monday - Friday,(August 21-25) I am going to eat super healthy at all meals. ( including snacks)
  • I am going to eat fresh eggs, and as many organic fruits and veggies as I can get my hands on. 
  • It's not a specific "diet", just super healthy eating.
  •  I would love to have you all join in. Your healthy may be different than mine! But that's ok!
  •  I grow lots of veggies and look forward to getting creative with recipes!
  • My hope is that we can share to the hashtag #fivedaysotf , this would be on INSTAGRAM,  showcasing healthy recipes and encouragement.
  •  If you'd like to join in, leave your name below, or on my original post @princesnowfarm on Instagram!!! ( and P.S. : I'm not giving up my morning coffee๐Ÿ˜‰) follow along at @princesnowfarm
  • Hopefully we will feel so great after five days, that we will continue to follow healthy habits!
  • PLEASE SHARE SO WE CAN GET LOTS OF HEALTHY NEW MEAL IDEAS!! 

8.01.2017

Summer Walk


A friend and I have been taking LONG walks together once a week this summer.
  
Typically we walk on a bike path surrounded by dense trees and abundant wildlife.


This particular day, we walked on the bike path and then meandered through the town of Fairhaven.


We ended up at Fort Phoenix,  a fort from the Revolutionary War era.



It is located  where the New Bedford and Fairhaven harbors merge.



Even if you have lived in this area your entire life, as I have, there is something remarkable about this place...a feeling that emanates from the stone paths and steel blue waters.




 One can only contemplate the bravery of those who waited to protect our land and freedom as the British invaded. The original fort was destroyed in 1778; however it was rebuilt and aptly given its current name of Fort Phoenix, named after the bird of Greek mythological origin who was regenerated or reborn. 



We were just in time to see a fishing boat heading out to sea. I thought about the crew, and the time they would spend away from their family. Living here in coastal Massachusetts, I have always had family or known friends who fish for a living...but at that very moment,  I felt something different, a compassion for their absence and dedication, a curiosity about the journey itself.


As we headed back, I realized that these weekly walks are more than just an attempt at fitness, or time with a friend.


They are a time to connect on a deeper level with the world around us, the place we have "landed".


They are the time the ordinary becomes the EXTRAORDINARY.

6.25.2017

I Promise



It's summer break. And this teacher is celebrating. I am celebrating 25 years of teaching middle school. Complete. Along with hormones (theirs and mine), an endless stream of changes....mostly for the better, and a forward vision that cannot be contained.

I'm sitting here alone this morning, every possible window thrown fast to the sky. The ocean breeze must be perfectly southeast today, its lingering salty thickness fills my nostrils and invades every open space, (although several miles away). I welcome it with a milky coffee and a pair of petite gluten free muffins.

 I revel silently in the quiet of the kitchen, absorbing all that summer brings and means. It is planning and dreaming and hoping. It is a garden just planted, laundry to be hung, a house to be willingly cleaned and organized.

Summer has always felt like a friend lifting an unnoticed weight from my shoulders. Not a burden. Just a heaviness that carries with it too few hours of sleep, and a jumbled brain.

This new freedom sparks my creative side. I long to tug the color from the not yet ready flower blossoms. For now I will be content with their amazing structure and late afternoon shadows.

I look around at rooms filled with filtered sunlight and indulge in the dappled glow that I miss on early to school mornings. I pretend I am a stay at home mom, and coddle two teens a bit more than needed...or wanted...

I also sit here with regret. Regret for summers past...ones where my planning came up short... or my dreams became murky and lost.

So today I make myself a promise, one that only the ocean air and I will know...a promise to just live life this summer. A promise to feel joy or exude kindness. A promise to explore and listen and love. A promise to be patient with myself and to let some things go. A promise to write, write, write, to conquer the stack of books by my bedside and to carry my camera everywhere. A promise to head to the beach at least one a week (even if the house is a mess), to walk for pleasure and to eat healthy, yummy meals from the garden. A promise to not look back with regret...rather to look forward with hope.

It's summer break!!!!!

6.06.2017

Grateful






Drip. Drip. Drip. I stood at the foyer door looking out over the wave of ferns and lush green maples. The sound is what caught my attention first. A steady drip from the gutter onto the leaves of a large potted rose below. A rose waiting to be planted in one of the gardens down the hill. Yet here I was again, surrounded by gray skies and plump drops falling in an endless stream. 

I have been patient. I have been hopeful. I have stood in knee high boots with hair plastered to my face and cold, damp, goose bump covered arms coveting a fleece blanket. (Or perhaps something steaming hot with an indulgent shot of Bailey’s). I have let the drops encircle me for a bit…doing their own rain dance of sorts as I tried to tuck at least one bed with seeds. 

Yet here I stand as skies fade from pale pewter to charcoal, nose pressed hopefully to panes of leaded glass. My world has become a jungle of leaves and blades and petals, shades of green from a Crayola box morphing into an eye-catching scene from Van Gogh’s Irises, although absent is the sunny backdrop.

The rain has forced me to stop and contemplate a moment in time that otherwise would have been forgotten, if not nonexistent. A brief flicker of time spent enveloped in one’s own senses. Overpowered. Overcome. Overjoyed. Forever grateful.

3.21.2017

Garden Book Giveaway!

Win Floret Farm's beautiful garden book!


This is an UNSPONSORED giveaway!





As a flower grower, I appreciate EVERY ounce of assistance that Erin and her team have given to those of us pursuing our dreams!  This giveaway is a thanks to Erin!

Click here to enter on Amazon! 

Good Luck!
(one copy of the book will be given away)

xo

Monica



2.22.2017

What I'm Growing {Part I}

It's February vacation, and this 6th grade teacher only has one thing on her mind…FLOWERS!

This is the week I decide what varieties to grow again, and which ones didn't quite meet my expectations. I'm also venturing into new varieties, as my quest to be a part-time flower farmer is expanding at a speed that I seem to have no control over! It's just kind of "happening". And I love every single detail! My word of the year, PURPOSE, sure is taking itself seriously. 

I hope you'll join me as I share my must haves for flower growing 2017 here at Prince Snow Farm.

{Dahlias} Oh my. Last year I decided to give them a try. Not just the one or two I've grown in an ornamental garden…but 60 tubers collected over the winter with hopes of making an attempt. And WOW did they produce! They are very late bloomers here in coastal Massachusetts…but once they start, they just don't quit. I was picking dahlias well into the fall!And now I have hundreds of new Dahlias to plant. Hopefully I divided them correctly!




{Zinnias} Zinnias have always been a favorite. I plant them close and hardly thin. I encourage long stemmed plants by NOT pinching. Zinnias will produce for me from early to mid-July until first frost. They are my staple flower. I strip all leaves on Zinnias before creating bouquets…so even a little powdery mildew or insect damage will not harm this star of the garden! ( I direct sow after the last frost has passed, and stagger the planting by two weeks) The Benary Giant varieties are my favorites.

 {Snapdragons} I grew a lovely rose-hued variety from seed. (Look in the center of the round vase photo). I didn't have great luck..but I love them enough to try again. Mine were VERY late to bloom,and not especially prolific. They seemed to take a long time to get established once planted out. Opinions? Suggestions?


{Sunflowers} My majestic backdrop…just love them. I grow a small branching variety to mix in multi-flower bouquets, and a larger variety to sell in sunflower bouquets. Plant the larger varieties closer for more manageable head size when making bouquets. I am expanding my sunflower space to about 5x its previous space!



{Nasturtium} Nasturtium are so easy. I direct seed in any old soil and trail the stems over fences and spilling from planters. Nasturtium can add such vibrance to a mixed bouquet. I especially enjoyed crafting this ENTIRELY edible bouquet.

{Cosmos} Cosmos have such slender stems that I treat them like a filler instead of as a main component of my bouquets. But this "filler" sure puts on a show. They add an air of beauty that keeps me coming back. I always direct sow Cosmos after the danger of frost has passed. Double Click Mix is a favorite. I tend to plant Cosmos as a backdrop, allowing the front rows to lend support.




{Limelight Hydrangea}  Our two Limelight Hydrangea bushes have grown into trees as tall as our house in just a matter of a few years. The blossoms keep on coming, even when traditional hydrangeas aren't blooming due to harsh winter temps. They also dry beautifully at the end of the season for indoor arrangements.

{Queen Anne's Lace} Although viewed by some as invasive and a nuisance, QAL was a great and persistent filler. I grew from seed and planted out in a raised bed. Hoping it comes back this year…I'll get back to you on the invasive piece!


{Bronze Fennel} Oh Fennel, how I love you! You attract copious bees (yes, I am a flower farmer who is OK with pollen!). You are vibrant, you are edible, and you make the most imaginative flash of color in my bouquets. So yes, I let you spread into any raised bed you want. You are always welcome here. 

{Lavender} I usually harvest for drying, but also love adding a few almost gone by stems for height. Lavender is a must have.

{Gladiolus} Glads have gotten a bad reputation. Often associated with funerals…but man are they gorgeous. I pick when just a few blossoms are open. I love the yummy sherbet mixes. Glads have a stem height that is hard to findgo for it!

I'm not even halfway done!

I'll be back later this week with more suggestions! 

In the meantime, please leave me YOUR favorites in the comments section.

Happy planning!

xo
Monica @prince snow farm 







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