Friday, March 30, 2012

Just waiting

Standing here waiting for hubby to finish doing last
minute things before we head home.
Yup it’s late again
but I’m really not that tired.
The days have been flying by and I didn’t even realize today was Friday.
I guess that might be a good sign….if I hated being here
then time would drag.
I just wanted to share one of my favorite spring bulbs that
you may not know about.
Puschkinia libantica ‘Blue’
or also known as Striped Squill.

Ain’t it purdy??

Have a great weekend wherever you are.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Country Sampler comes to Z’s home


I’ve wanted to share with you my friend Suzan being in the March issue
of Country Sampler for over a month now.

UPDATE: 3/26/12

I just received an email from the editor of Country Sampler
Magazine that since I had no rights to the photos I could not show them on my blog.
Just so you know that's why their is only the cover showing.
I completely understand their position on this and did not intend on causing any harm which I'm sure they understood. 
I thought it might promote the magazine though in my hast did not link to the magazine, though I doubt that was the issue.

The editor was very kind and just asked that I remove the photos but could keep the cover image.
So for those of you out there that are thinking of doing the same
kind of post please be aware that you maybe asked to take it down.

this was the email I received.

 This is *(Y#@!%, the editor of Country Sampler Magazine. It has come to my attention that the pages from a feature in our recent issue are posted on your blog/website. While we appreciate the positive publicity regarding Suzan’s home, the pages of the magazine are copyrighted material and may not be reproduced/copied in any way, including posting on a website. Therefore, I am kindly requesting that you immediately remove the pages from your site, as this is a copyright violation. If you would like to post the cover that is fine, but any internal pages from any of our articles may not appear on any blog, website or any other medium without our permission and the permission of the photographers, as they hold rights to the photos as well. I’m sure the posting was done with the best intentions, but we don’t give permission to other parties to post our material for personal use. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

You can of course still order the magazine 
and see their website 

You can also still enter

 Suzan’s incredible giveaway
which she has added even more goodies for you...


Good Luck

ps and yes I did just do a pop-up on this post 
just to make sure everyone is aware of the risk you take 
when you take a photo without permission.

my bad......
maybe I should just stick to plants and my own photography....

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St Patrick’s Day






Whether or not you have an Erin, Siobhan or Liam in your
family we are all Irish on St Patrick's Day.


Joining Seasonal Sundays
At The Tablescaper 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lazy days…..if you’re a cat


Life is rolling along like it always does.
One minute, one hour, one day at a time.
All of a sudden (well not really) it’s come to my attention
that it’s time to get my house in order
and get planting.
Last week we got down to business and deep 
cleaned the greenhouses,
putting things together to save space so new
 things could get planted.


Organizing plants is not like organizing your sock drawer.
Of course I’m not good at that either, but I did my best.
I now have a linen sock bag they all get toss into.
(I can do that now since we’re not in shorts season yet)

Whatever I pick is what I wear.
They are all the same color btw …white. No time to sort…ugh
I used to do that but it drove me crazy. 


I had these cups and teapots that I brought out to plant but decided
Charlotte would enjoy using it as a water dish meanwhile.
I haven’t gotten to planting them anyways.
George caught her pawing at it. That usually means she’s trying to
cover it up so no one else can find it.
She does that with her milk too.
I couldn’t get the camera out fast enough.


But I did when she was playing
the “come see how cute I am….
and how can you just stand there ignoring me? game.
Of course I loved her up right after.

I wanted to thank you all who commented on my last post.
Seems many of us have our “me” time to relax and take breaks
from work. We all need that to keep sane I think.

It’s hard to do when there are deadlines to meet though.

lady in field

I especially enjoyed the comments about the photo of the
girl and cow in the field.
You were right it was like she was about to get a kick in the head.
or worse. 
( I’ll just leave it at that)

girl redo

I redid it and switched her positions. Tanya had a great idea to make
her look like she was feeding the cow. Thanks Tanya!!!
Somehow it came out darker
the next go round. I tried to match the tone but since she was in black and
white and the original photo wasn’t. It looks a little off to me.
I’m not completely satisfied but that’s alright.

Maybe cropping will make it better.

girl redo cropped

Ok I think I like it better.
Talk about blogging on the fly.

ok I have one more thing to talk about!
Sweet Theresa of
is having a wonderful Giveaway.
One of you can win a custom made
pendant necklace that she’s calling
“a snippet of life”.
high resolution pendantbracelet picnik008

If she reaches 600 followers during that time she
will announce 2 winners.
She’s pretty close! so won’t you help her meet her goal?

Enjoy your day!
I have to go plant something :)


Friday, March 2, 2012

When I’m supposed to be working

Yes this is what I’m doing instead of getting orders done,
cleaning the greenhouses,
 opening up boxes of merchandise
that I ordered in January….
and a multitude of things that I won’t keep listing.
You all have similar lists I’m sure….well maybe not exactly the same but lets just say lots to do.

Anyways this is what I do when I want to avoid working.
I had this photo that I took last Fall after visiting a perennial nursery.
While driving home I stopped to visit with the cows on this farm.
Most of them ran the other way as soon as I came 
up to photograph them,
except this one.
The grass there must have been extra good in that spot:)
or she’s just more friendly.
Plant Group _417open house

It wasn’t a great photo.

cow 2
so I thought I would try a texture layer from
I did mask off some texture off of Bessie
felicity by Kim Klassen


Then after seeing this post
from Modern Prairie Girl
I decided I’d try something.

lady in field
I know this looks like she’s sitting too close to Bessie
but I was trying out the idea and didn’t have time to hunt
for something better.
It still didn’t look right so I went back to unpacking.

An hour later I decided to add stronger texture layer
I was this close to scrapping the whole thing.
but what’s one more layer going to hurt?


I need more practice and with a better image but for a quicky I’m happy with it.

What do you do when you need a break???

besides blogging : )