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summer arrives on beating wings

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… running upstairs

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… downstairs

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Then, up again …

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… this summer, I had to make a lot of choices, about what was most important.

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Because summer unfolded early in the wavy glass windows …

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… and I have a lot of garden space started …

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Only photos remind me of moments
when I paused long enough over the years to record a thing or two.

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… and I`ve got to say, a year like this one, with early summer, makes for he best ever for Dame`s Rocket flowers that splash all over the Blue Ridge.

I am so concerned about work this time of year …  I nearly missed my favorite rose show in my mountain garden. ©StephieMcCarthy

Then a sudden burst of cool weather pleased a small patch of foxglove in the kitchen garden …

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Come back year after year, I asked them, and I treasure the seeds.
I will always have foxglove seeds put aside now.

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Hardy plants are a must here … this wilderness is really not for the overly delicate!

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I eat a lot more of these fragile lettuce leaves than the bugs do …
so I treasure them, and baby them, thinking I might reach salad Narvana.

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It looks tender hearted, does it not?

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But I assure you, HARDY, is the way it really is, in these mountains …

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Delicate beings. Much stronger than you would think …

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Some things have the audacity to stand up to time and weather,
like metallic paint on this old railing. Yep still lots of color on my deck.

I am so concerned about work this time of year …  I nearly missed my favorite rose show in my mountain garden. ©StephieMcCarthy

And, hurray, … the strawberries came back, even after a record cold winter …

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Makes me so joyful to have a strawberry festival, right here at home!

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We hope for bumper crops, if we are so lucky to get them!

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Settle for enough to prize for a few weeks, if that`s what works best!
I leave it up to Mother Nature!

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Applause, applause! It`s the little things that are always there for embracing!

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Little prints are one of my specialities, by way …

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Visit my etsy shop for a few marvelous and delicate looking
wonderful little things
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I think you will be glad you did!

spring 2015

Wake up sleepy heads …

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Winter is nearly just a passing dream …

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Fairy tale flowers are emerging all along the river …

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… pansies shining their faces everywhere …

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Which way should we go?

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A mountain trail, fringed with flowers … soon to come!

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… keeping watch for mountain laurel …

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… and bluebells … and violets …

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… the magic of flowers never grows old.

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Fairies they will come at dawn,
bless that flowers,
then the are gone …

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Some classic bulb splendor from the Philly Flower Show…
Did you know you can transplant bulbs while flowering if it`s raining?

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A little kitchen love …
This is walnuts and goat cheese
baked inside mini peppers for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Salmon crusted with walnuts on a bed of mashed potatoes …

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Bon appetite for Spring 2015!
Learn oh~so~many good things with my favorite website.
All about flowers, crafts, and gardening at:

FMG
There`s a GREAT month~long project challenge
going on now called Signs of Spring!

J O I N ... U S !

… there a little Spring in our step …

Sweaters, quilts, and a roaring stove …

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… we can`t quite give up these things yet!
I stay close to the stove and concentrate on those floor boards.

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Any day now, these branches will unfurl their flowers
in the woods around old homesteads …

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One by one, gifts from the Earth …
will show up in my gardens too!

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We`ll gather bouquets for rainy days …

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Snows melting and rushing over the falls …

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… just as they have for ages …
setting the stage for this year`s garden.

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April showers, as they say …

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… bring May flowers and bushels of violets …

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Have you tried them in salads? In early Spring they are excellent.
Both the leaves and the flowers.

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And freezing a few in ice cubes just for the romance of it …
adds a little bit of a lemon taste …

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But today, we still linger under the covers …
for that little bit of extra warmth.

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Until we meet again …

… hello , fair dreamer

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… it`s in like a lion …

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… and the usual dreaming and scheming …

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I wonder, what needs to be accomplished today … and tomorrow ?

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… there is a lot of snow lingering on the landscape …

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… we have to run really fast to keep warm …

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This room has no heat a`tall!
I hurry straight through … with a plan to refinish floors …

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Meet my beloved stove.
I rarely wander far from it when I work in this room.

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Well, I wander about as far as the corners …
where I am sanding, refinishing, and staining the 200 year old floor boards
a lovely honey color …
I shiver. I munch on lunch. Listen to the radio.
I once bundled up so much.
Now I just tolerate the cold, work hard, dream and plan.

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Dreams are the seeds of our future, don`t you think?

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Soon it will be March full blown and I will remember
my travels to the Emerald Isle of Ireland …

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… where I made wishes on white horses …
And quite a few of these dream have come true.

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March 17th is the 3rd Tuesday in March
May the saints and angels bless your home this Spring!
As snow melts, clovers will drink up that fresh nourishment …

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Turn into lettuces and herbs and violets.
Traditionally it will be time to put things
like peas and potatoes in the ground …

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And cultivate berries, which I do both in the garden, and in my art.
I never tire of the subject of berries.
Luckily, mountains and berries
seem to be a match made in heaven.

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You can see some of my freshest art
in my shop called CoralBella
T H A N K Y O U for visiting this beautiful day!

 

Come back soon, I`ll be Tweeting at the Top!

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