Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wild thing ~ You make my heart sing!

Gentleman Farmer was cutting some firewood at the top of our property and had asked if I would bring him some cold water to drink. After I brought him a jug of water and a cup, I was looking around to see if there were any little wild black berries ripe for picking. I didn't find any, but I did discover several of these dainty little plants growing out of the rock of an old road bed. I borrowed GF's shovel and a bucket and dug up several in hopes that they might like growing in the dry flower bed in front of the barn. I planted them immediately to give them every opportunity to survive their change of venue.

Close up

Isn't she a pretty little thing?

Scattered along the base of a rose bush

In the bed in front of the barn

Do you have any idea what this little wild flower might be?

I live in Western Washington.
Today I'm joining


Susan for

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Making a 'pot of chocolate'!

Each Spring, I search for different

'chocolate' scented flowers to create a

'Chocolate Pot'!

I got all of my plants, pots, milk cans , etc.

together and this is the little vignette I came up with.

The chocolate plants that I used are...

Chocolate Mint.
It smells sooo good
and makes a fun addition to a
mug of hot cocoa or tea.

Chocolate Peppermint scented Geranium.
These can be used in many different ways ~
butters, jams, sauces,
flavor cakes or in potpourri.

Chocolate Scented Cosmos.
While these are not edible
they do smell just like
cocoa powder when the petals are rubbed!
And they are a lovely dark chocolate color, too!

I also added the twig 'Welcome' sign
that I made earlier this Spring.

My Chocolate Pot Garden is
right next to our parking area~
a bit of 'Welcome' for guests!
I am always on the lookout for more 'Chocolate' plants.
Do you have any suggestions?


Joining Susan for Outdoor Wednesday!
Kim for Wow Us Wednesday!
An Oregon Cottage
Tuesday Garden Party.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Joining Susan for

In a neglected spot in the garden

these 'weeds' grow happily in

each other's company!

I did not plant them,

but the color combination

could not be any more

pleasing to the eye!

Taking note of the simple beauty wrought

by The Master's Hand!