garden

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i finally had a chance to visit terrain last week, and it was nothing short of amazing. christmas greens and berries and garlands and found objects and candles and soaps and spices and ornaments and any kind of cute gifty object you can imagine. i think this might be the best time of year to visit… of course, i might be biased.  i will have to return in the spring! and, you MUST go if you have the chance.

veggie garden: progress

veggie garden 1

we're making progress! after doing some serious research about raised beds and the type of vegetables that would work in our region, we got right to work.

matt built a raised bed, we filled it with organic compost soil, and nestled it in amongst the existing garden.

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veggie garden 2

we planted two types of tomatoes, sweet red peppers, cantaloupe, zucchini, sweet potatoes, bush beans and sugar snap peas.

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zucchini

sweet potato

peas&beans

will keep you posted on the progress!

[i would still like to have a garden that looks like this... one day.]

herbs and such

our weather has been so warm and beautiful the past few days that all my focus has been on the outdoors. the windows are wide open, chirping birds wake us before dawn, and the breeze is blowing through. it's wondrous... all i want to do is be outside.

while the vegetable garden is progressing, we've also been working on the rest of the yard. one of my favorite little spots is the potted herb garden we keep on the back deck. i was so pleased to see that a few of our favorites from last year were already sprouting again. the chives and thyme are flourishing, and the chocolate mint and dill are just beginning to emerge.

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chives

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a couple of weeks ago, we picked up some basil and lettuce at the farmers' market. what a treat it's been to step outside, tear a few leaves off, and have a super fresh salad for dinner. i just can't wait until we can add more garden veggies!

dill&lettuce

lettuce

i'll probably pick up some rosemary, and definitely some cilantro to plant as well. what other herbs are must-haves for you?

our lilacs

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for our wedding last july, we received a gift from matt's brother and his girlfriend of two lilac bushes to be installed this spring. we were thrilled, as lilacs are so beautiful and wonderfully fragrant.

nine months later, our lilacs have been delivered and planted. we decided on one purple and one white, which is less common. we should see small blooms next month, and will be able to watch them grow to their full size over the next several years.

we are thankful for such a special gift!

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buds and blooms

a few signs of spring were present when we returned from our trip earlier this week. despite the fact that this weekend won't feel like spring, it is indeed here... and the weather is sure to follow! looking forward to seeing some more buds and blooms within the next few weeks.

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