Skip to main content

Peonies, Deer and Veggie Garden

I adore flowers. If I had my way I would do away with most of the grass and have carpets of flowers everywhere. Of course this is not possible and grass is necessary, I guess.
Anyway, when we bought out house it came with a peony. I had no idea how fortunate I was until it bloomed and I fell in love.  Last year I noticed that next to it a new plant was growing and I became even more giddy. Oddly enough I never cut any to being into the house. I just loved going over to them and smelling them and commenting on their beauty.
The other day I noticed my neighbor snipping some of his irises and peonies and placing them in a case.
This was my "duh" moment.
So just a few minutes ago I went out and voila! I have a small but charming arrangement in my kitchen.

This now makes me want to grow hundreds of these and start work on my cutting garden which would need to have a ten foot electric fence around it because this morning I noticed that the beautiful vermin known as deer had chomped down some of my echinacea, my sunflower seedlings and of course, some of my hostas.  I just put mint in some pots and placed it by the sunflower sprouts in the hopes of thwarting the little bastards. I tried same thing with foxgloves last year by my hostas and they ate around them. Clever creatures, eh? They are sort of majestic looking, even though I want to smack it in the head with a shovel. Seriously though, I have no issues if the deer want to pick at the birdseed or drink from the birdbath, but mess with my gardens and it is on. I know, I know, they will win. (Hangs head in defeat.)

Here is also a partial shot of my vegetable garden. The back rows are carrots (and whole lot of unregulated mint to keep away the deer. See, my life has turned into a deer stopping mission.). A kind friend bought me a packet of carrot and sunflower seeds. The carrot seeds are the size of a gnat and I had no desire to take  tweezers and space them out correctly so I just did my best assuming my rocky dirt would produce nothing.  I am afraid that out of 500 seeds, 100 or more took. Good thing we love carrots. My tomato plants look like crap so I added more compost and even potting soil in the hopes of reviving them. We shall see. We did join a CSA this year so I know we will have tomatoes. It is just nice to be able to walk out into your yard and grab one when it is ripe.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Popular posts from this blog

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

I have made a painting for our living room where I sewed a dress onto a canvas. Now I need pages from a decadent book, get them on there and the piece will be complete. I will take a picture once it is done to share. It was a lot of fun to do and if I knew I could make money selling them, I would do more.

We have decided to forgo a built in bookcase in the living room. While I love the whole idea of some accent piece in the living room,I would rather it be the books and art work, not the bookcase/media center that would be holding it. So now we are looking at furniture similar to this console from Ballard Design. Just at a much better price.

This display from the blog Chic Provence makes me want to grow wisteria for the rest of my life and only dine under a fabulous pergola.

Theresa Burger, I love, love, love your resin rings.

Ahhh, one of my favorite all time songs by Dead Can Dance called Indus. It is sublime.

As a former jewelry designer who knew how to work as a metalsmith and with wa…


And not necessarily a wise one. Human beings like to collect things. Whether it is comic books, Dr Who paraphernalia, baseball cards, guns or weird cat art, for some reason we have a need to hunt and gather. I am not very good at things like Ebay or Craigslist. I basically suck at bidding and I get lazy about checking every hour for the possibility that someone may have posted/listed something I want.

Until now.

Recently I have gotten a bee in my big ass bonnet to locate a great deal on the following furniture pieces.

Hoosier Cabinet

I want this awesome piece of furniture for my kitchen so I can eliminate most of my upper cabinets and have a place for flour to sift out of because that would make me so cool. Some are wood, some are retro metal, all that matters it is a multi-functional piece of art that would be amazing to own..

Pie Safe

I don't make pies and that is irrelevant to my desire for one of these.

Vintage Ice Box

Where would I even use this? I don't care. We can addres…

Irish pensioner living in a 280-year-old cottage with no modern conveniences

Irish pensioner who lives like we all used to back in the day. Good for her. Read here.

Sometimes it is best to disconnect. To get back to the land, to remove ourselves from the news, read a book, or just take a walk and be present.

Side note: I have to admit that running water and flush toilets are my most favorite inventions so camping is clearly out for me. :)

Have a great day.