In the Garden- February flowers and tiny raindrops.

“ We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.”

Jenny Uglow

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African Daisies from my garden last year. Some new ones just popped up today but I haven’t had a chance to photograph them yet.

Okay, not complaining or anything but I’m not used to rain here in the city. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it is starting to feel like every time I have some free time to tackle the garden mess, a storm comes in for a couple days. I can’t believe how much rain we have been getting this year. I think I even wrote about this in last months garden post. I can’t remember. This is good for the garden of course so who am I too complain. It is pretty walking around and seeing all those tiny raindrops with little bits of sunlight coming through them.

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Last week I started working on getting some items finished. First I repainted the garden bench.

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This bench is probably on it’s last leg. It was given to us years ago when my husband’s aunt sold her home here and moved to the Canary islands. It was pretty beat up then and now years later is even worse. I used it for a plant stand but I think next year I will have to re-purpose what wood I can save for something else. We’ll see if it last another year. My husband always jokes that it is paint that is holding that together. I don’t even know where I got this color of paint. When we cleaned out our shed we found old paint. I am using what I can to “hold things together” as my husband likes to call it.

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I also finally got around to repainting my little red birdhouse. I might add some more detail to it later.

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The poor thing needed a new paint job. The sun here in Arizona is harsh. Our main house could use a fresh coat of paint as well but that is a project I am not looking forward to.

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The day I had some free time to work on my little bird house was the day it rained. I had to bring the house inside to finish drying.

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We got our fruit trees. It will be awhile before they produce but these trees are from around our area of the US so hopefully they will do better then the ones we have been buying from the big store chains.

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The grape vine clippings are doing well. The grapes produce but again these are grape plants we bought from a local farmer here in the city.

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Everything we planted is still alive and growing nicely. We haven’t lost anything yet and I hope not to. We haven’t lost any plants that is.

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We have Spring like temps here in the desert of Arizona and while I write this I am listening to rain outside the window while it snows up in the high country of Arizona. So Our Little Red House up north is probably getting sprinkled with snowflakes right now.Today was a day of transplanting house plants until it started raining that is. Then I headed back inside until the rain let up. It usually doesn’t rain too hard or long here.

I was busy transplanting Golden Pothos. They are so easy to propagate. They’re also really hardy houseplants.

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I take clippings from my larger plants and put them in a jar of water until they root and then I transplant that to dirt. I have a never ending supply of these plants to put around the house.

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As well as spider plants.

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And snake plants too.

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All these plants help take toxins out of your home.

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I have added some more plants to my jungle daydream of a room. We have ten plants in the room now.

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I took some clippings of the succulent I bought last month and planted it. I hope to have another succulent to add to my collection. Trim your succulents when they get big and just pop those top trimmings into dirt. Eventually they should root so you will have another plant.Cutting your succulents encourages new growth.

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Because of our Spring temperatures some flowers popped out in my garden.

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I bought some little green potted plants at the dollar store a couple weeks ago and was surprised to see the flowers from them that came out.

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They are so pretty. This one reminds me of an angel. Look closely inside the pattern of the flower, doesn’t that look like an angel ?.

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I also have a mini rose bush that I was going to give to my mother-in-law but she didn’t want it.

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I don’t blame her though because I struggle with keeping this little plant alive too. I will have to research how to grow this plant and keep it alive.

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The chickens are doing good. We haven’t moved their coop yet. We need to buy some more wood to build a nicer coop for them. Also some straw for bedding. They ate up all the plants and any grass that was growing in their original area. We give them fresh clippings from our front and side yards and they wander around out of their pen during the day now and then. We have to be careful though because we lost a couple young ones when they were out one day. Something got them, either a hawk or a stray cat.

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Our neighbors share scraps with us to share with the chickens as well. We make sure to accept only organic scraps. We still see neighbors from around the block using  pesticides in their yards and I always shake my head trying to understand the logic behind that. I rather have the weed and pull it out by hand then have poison sprayed everywhere.

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There was a hawk resting up at the top of the quail pen one day just staring down at the chickens and baby quail. My husband has a beehive trap up there now, hoping to get some bees this year. One year we got a wild hive and the honey they produced was so yummy. We still have some of that honey in our pantry with our canned goods.

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The quail got big and fast. They are now in the little chicken house. We need to design them a better pen as well. We added bricks around the whole pen one day because one of the baby quail was taken by something too.

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We figured a cat got to it from the bottom since the ground is not even and the cat reached from under it where the quail lay together in a group.

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Since we have done that we have had no problems with anymore missing quail. I can’t believe how fast they grew. It seems like yesterday they were tiny little chicks. They remind me of really chubby sparrows.

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I started collecting eggs for Easter. If we scramble them or make omelets I blow the yoke out so I can decorate eggs for Easter and Spring. Remember my goal this year is to try not to buy more plastic and look for ways to recycle, re-purpose and use what I already have on hand to decorate. Two months in and so far I have been doing okay.

DSC_2134.JPGI am not sure how I will decorate the eggs this year, that’s the fun part, figuring out the designs. One year I did yarn eggs and the year before that I decoupaged eggs with pretty paper napkins.

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All these designs were on a variety of paper napkins. I just cut the parts out I wanted and decoupaged them onto the eggs. For added detail I used puffy paints.

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Yarn eggs are also pretty simple. Just grab some tacky glue and an assortment of colorful yarns and wrap your eggs.

We have been having mostly Swedish omelets for our Sunday breakfast together and sometimes I will make up a batch of my homemade blueberry pancakes. When I was little everyone in the family did not leave home without at least knowing how to bake a Swedish omelet. I was taught to add all kinds of sausage and meat, with potatoes, onions, then top that off with some sharp cheddar cheese after it is finished baking so it melts on the top.

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I am not really a meat eater (hard as a child when you are surrounded by carnivores) I never really loved meat that much, no judgement to all you big meat eaters. I always say to each his own. I switched my Swedish omelet up by just adding potatoes, mushrooms, peppers and onions. I always loved cheese though, that definitely gets added at the end.

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When it started raining outside I thought what a perfect morning for an omelet. We had some fresh eggs from that morning, a giant mushroom and some onions and cheese. I did not have time to cook up a potato to add to it. It was a nice breakfast along with some orange slices. If you want the recipe to make your own click here. You can do a healthier version by boiling potatoes (instead of frying), then add that to egg whites along with bell peppers, onions and mushrooms. Top off with low fat cheddar cheese.

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The sun came out later that afternoon and I discovered the lettuce that was growing wild in my Aloe garden was ready to trim. Sometimes seeds will get into the dirt and will show up everywhere in our garden. It was a nice surprise to see lettuce growing there, so before it wilted and got dried up I made a small salad with it.

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We also had fresh parsley that I added to it. Poor parsley, it never gets the attention it deserves. Because it is such a pretty little herb it is mostly used as a garnish on the side of a plate. Parsley is also used as medicine for some. Don’t go out and eat a giant pile of it but in small amounts (organic fresh or dried) it has been known to help with bladder, kidney, gastrointestinal disorders, constipation, and even high blood pressure. It even helps with acne when made into a facial paste with honey and lemon. I think all colorful fruits and vegetables help with all these problems anyway. These types of food when eaten organically are all medicine for our bodies. Now if only I could follow this all the time. Like I wrote above…I do love cheese. And who doesn’t fall off the food wagon now and then eating bad for us types of foods. You know the easy, simple processed foods that we all pop into a microwave after a long and tiring day.

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I also used a lemon from one of our trees for the salad. The lemon was tiny but still enough to use as part of a dressing.

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I added some extra ingredients I had in the kitchen and shared it with my husband. “ Look what I got from the garden today.” I told him.

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It was a nice ending to a long day of gardening.

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The next day I noticed some African daisies had come up as well. This inspired me to get out my watercolors and create.

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I am no expert and tend to over do it when water-coloring because it is so much fun. When water coloring, remember that less is more and paint in light colors first then for detail add in the dark colors. If you haven’t tried it, please do. It soothes the soul. I was happy with what I did accomplish.

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My daughter saw me painting and sat down and joined me. She is the Star Wars fanatic so it was BB8 for her. Both my grown kids are artists. Now if only I could get my son to join us out in the garden to paint. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just fun.

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That’s it for our garden, what it’s been up to this month. I love how growing a garden always gives us something new everyday. New growth, new food, new colors, new life, new weather and patterns throughout the day. It is the perfect environment to me. Happy gardening adventures everyone.

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Next projects I would love to finish in the garden:

 

Redo the patio chairs

Transplant some more plants into pots

Do something with my kid’s old red wagon.

Start planning out a tiny fairy garden for the Spring.

Go shopping for some flowers.

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My daughter shopping for flowers at the local nursery in our neighborhood.

Have a beautiful week everyone. Stay safe, happy and healthy where ever you are out there in the world. Plant something pretty today and God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.

 

 

 

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Melinda says:

    Wow, what a jam-packed and fun post! So many things going on in your world; let’s see what I can remember that I wanted to comment on…I love all of your outside green and growing flowers. We’re still a little bit away from that here in CT 😉 And all of the house plants look lovely as well (I’m especially fond of snake plants!)

    I hear you on the chicken predators, our poor ladies can’t go free range anymore because of them. We have an especially large (and beautiful) blond coyote that likes to regularly check in and see if it can find an easy snack. And hawks are crazy ruthless here too, so I’m glad to hear your guys are being kept safe ❤

    Oh, and one more thing: I definitely see the angel hidden in that flower, so sweet and pretty ❤

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    1. Thank you Melinda, that was so upsetting when we lost some young chicks. My husband and 19 year old son started building a new coop yesterday but it is going to take a little longer because they are also designing a second level for the Quail. It will be much bigger so they can walk around . Snack plants are so good hardy to grow . I want to put a pot in every room, like a little air filter. I love the colors and lines in them too. Have a great week and thank you again for stopping by.

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  2. Tanya says:

    This is my favorite post if yours. It’s so inspiring, I got some ideas for a lot more fun things I can do outside at home and in the garden . Thank you

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    1. You’re welcome Tanya, so happy you liked it. I have so much catching up to do, I missed some of your post but I am catching up with some. Looks like you and your husband are having fun with the new camera and hiking together and that is so nice to read. Have a great week.

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  3. My goodness! this post was full of lots of goodies. It took me a bit to get through it (had to take the kids to bed in the middle of it) but it was worth it. Crafts and the birds and the gorgeous flowers. I’m sitting out here in Pennsylvania, wishing we could grow some flowers but our weather keeps yo-yo’ing from cold to warm to bitter cold to warm again. I can’t keep up! You always have such fun ideas for crafts too. Love it! Keep up the great posts.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, this was a fun one to put together. Any posts that I do that involve nature and the garden are always my favorite ones to share with you all.

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