Hobbit Greenhouse

So this has been the best year for cold weather crops.  I’ve been picking lettuce, scallions, and  kale for the past month.  It’s wonderful the return you get back for a little effort up front.  I do use my own soil mixture combined with a bit of commercial soil brand. The results reveal success, so I will continue to nuture my seedlings next year.

My peas had a slow start but they are spouting on their own time.

The temperature gauge in the hobbit greenhouse reads 53ish.  The temp outside on this raining day in May 2019 reads 54.  Mhhh not much difference between inside and outside temps.  My hobbit greenhouse is showing its age.  I just love it!  I spend many hours a week cultivating my stock.  It’s peaceful!

Where ever today brings you, my wish for you is to discover what you are passionate about and lean in to it and enjoy!

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My Zen Garden

This is a post that was a draft for over 2 years old. hello everyone.  This past spring, I was thinking about developing plans to build a zen veggie garden.  I plan to use an area that I didnot want my dogs to evade for their own safety and a place I could call my own.

So I drafted the zen garden layout on paper.  Slowly began working with the soil and concentrated on adding loose stone path.

Late May

then I realized the space was too small to grow my veggies plus introduce some unique landscaping features.  So I expanded the area.  I’m using 4ft vinyl fencing for the front border for now. So it’s not difficult in moving around.  In the future, would like to invest in a black iron fencing.

the area is bigger and I added the veggies and a few low to the ground bushes. Everything is growing well.

Late June

However, the area is still not big enough so going to expand it a bit more.  done.  Now the area houses a outside free standing fireplace. A few benches, slate tick coffee table and a few pagodas (made from what I had to use).

Mid July

Now the zen garden size appears perfect. However, come fall I will continue to design the last part I added.  Need a stone path and I want to add more fruit trees.

Here are some pics.  The garden is evolving just like I am.  My vision became has a low-budget.  I have more fun using and reusing what ever I can find and building upon that. Love my zen and veggie garden.image

The entrance gate to my Zen garden.  To the  left is a small hill bordered by old stockade fence.  The area has with newly planted trees and flowering shrubs.  I

 

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The Flight

I originally posted this on my other blog which is retiring. My hope, is for you to enjoy these pics.

The Summer of 2017 – I took moments to capture the beauty of butterflies in Cosmos’ backyard.  I became so excited every time a butterfly was spotted.

I am not sure what captures my attention with these delicate species.  Maybe their impressive colors, their wing patterns and variations, discovery or simply their flight pattern.  When I see a butterfly, a sense of peace settles upon me and my inner child comes alive.  Even Cosmo, my backyard Gate Keeper, spots butterflies.

Cosmo, checking out a Yellow Swallow Tail Butterfly which landed on a hosta plant blossom.

Cosmo discovering a butterfly

Cosmos’ backyard 

As with any backyard, it takes time and imagination to create and keep up.  When you traverse through Cosmos’ backyard, you will come upon vibrant colors and lots of discoveries.

The backyard is home to hydrangeas bushes, butterfly bushes, hosta, lilies, honeysuckles,  annual and perennial flowers, hobbit size pond, bulb plants, a veggie garden, bird grape barber, hobbit greenhouse and so much more. 

Casa Blanca Hybrid Lily Bulb

 

Possibly a coenonymphine?
Swallowtail feeding off Butterfly Bush blossom

Monarch Butterfly

Trumpet Vine

 Hybrid Lily

Coneflowers Full Sun blooms late summer into Fall Hot Papaya in the front and mixed Hot Summer

 

I hope you enjoyed these pictures while enjoying the beauty of butterflies.  Cosmos’ backyard is in the Northeast Region of the U.S.A.

Cheers to new discoveries and the adventures it will bring!