Friday, February 27, 2009

a day in the greenhouse

Plugs started arriving last week.  FedEx delivers these beauties to our door. My growers have been producing larger sized plugs, which means less time in the greenhouse which means more energy savings!
As soon as the boxes arrive I open them up and give them a drink. Then it's time to play (I mean work)  in the dirt.  I can't believe I actually get paid to do this! ha.

...............a good day's work

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Manito Conservatory

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  
Rachel Carson

Scotty and I try to make a pilgramage to Spokane's Manito Park at least once a month.The Conservatory is one of my favorite places.  I can't wait until I am old and can't do Living in the Garden anymore so I can turn our conservatory into a permanent display just like Manito. I loved what they did here with the Tulips and Agave, what tension between the fragile, ephemeral tulips and the "century plant". love it love it love it

Sunday, February 22, 2009


We are stardust
We are golden
We are caught in the devil's bargain
and we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden.
-joni mitchell

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Wheat Grass and an Outhouse

Saturday, March 7 2009,  9:30-5:30

This event was born in the depths of winter when one's yearning for spring can only be quelled with chocolate. This event is our take on the NW Flower and Garden show. While it will not be as big, it WILL be sweeter. Cowgirl Chocolates, Calamity Jane's Vintage Furniture and Perpetual Pillows will all be selling their wares in our warm light-filled conservatory.

I have always loved the energy gained from attending the NW Flower and Garden Show and thought hey, why don't we do that here? I really wanted to partner with Cowgirl Chocolates for a Valentines Day event, but the weather and drifting snow in the middle of February made this date too risky. Our first Saturday, March 7th felt perfect.
Scotty and I (mostly Scotty) are building a "killer" flower show vignette. hint: it is sooo sweet and sooo Scotty! and involves lots of wheat grass and a reclaimed outhouse.

Local chocolatier, Cowgirl Chocolates will be here. Marilyn produces a line of chocolates with a kick (cayenne pepper). Her Spicy Caramel Sauce over ice cream with raspberries is hands down my favorite dessert.  In addition to being a great entrepreneur she is a incredible  artist.

Calamity Jane's Vintage Furniture. Don't you just love that name? Roxanne is a friend of ours from Spokane.  She has a wicked sense of humor and a great eye.  She will be taking over our metal granary this season filling it with her collection of vintage indoor and outdoor furniture. She is bringing a U-haul's worth down for this event!

My dear friend Carla Wesson started a business this winter,  Perpetual Pillows. With a little encouragement she has put her extraordinary sewing talents to work. Carla's sewing is amazingly meticulous, built to last and beautiful. 2-D doesn't do these pillows justice. You really need to come see, touch and feel. 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

2009: From the darkness to the light!

My friend Kim,today sent this poem by Anne Wilson
It's beautiful and just perfect!!
thanks Kim

Sunflower Forest

The year that I thought
nothing could grow
in my heart.
I planted hybrid sunflowers:
Vibrant yellows, aged bronze,
blood-red maroon,
sunbursts of tangerine,
all alive in thick forests of stalks
four and five feet tall.
And when they burst
like chariots of the sun
full-speed into bloom
above the deck,
I smiled
at their exuberant profusion,
knowing that
even in my year of desolation,
they would turn their 
jewel-like leonine heads
to show me
the pathway of the sun
and point me lightward.

2009: From the darkness to the light!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Coming Together

The Studio is almost ready for opening.  That's good, because
baby plants start arriving next week and all my time will be
spent in a 70ยบ humid greenhouse.....poor me!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Buddha Up

I know I've blogged about going to market 6 months in advance of opening... but here is a funny thing about this seasons buying.  I am not sure what came over me or the market place, but every vendor I bought from had Buddhas, inversely I bought Buddhas from every vendor.
It could be a sign of the times that I need a calming symbol of unconditional love.  Or maybe it's an unconscious balancing of the gregorian chants that fill the air of our gardens. 
Who knows...


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pick your favorite

On Thursday, Carla, Rich, Dave and Sharon came out and helped us unload our 6 pallets of pots. Scotty and I go to the coast in the fall, to hand pick each and every pot.   Our supplier is so good to us, they ship our pots in October and we don't have to pay for them until January.(what you call "dating" in the retail world)

 Believe it or not,  we will sell this many pots in our very short 70 day season.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Conservatory Upgrade

Conservatory update:  New floor. We added 24" X 24 "cast stone(concrete) architectural tiles. Finished with 3 coats of sealer for a shiny yet non slick surface. This floor has led to new benches with galvanized trays so water won't get all over the floor. Seriously! they are pretty cool too.  Scotty is busy today finishing the back wall with recycled RUSTY metal roofing we salvaged from a grain elevator that was being torn down in Pullman.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Release your inner sunflower

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

This applies to free time and friendships as well as gardening.

My friend Carla hosted a needle felting workshop in her studio last month.  Jayme Jacobson generously shared her wool roving and tools
and we spent a few hours planting the seeds of 
creativity.  It was blissful.  Now, If I could just remember how to be this mellow when the gardening season starts.  Dream on.