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Crazy quilt garden. ...
Violets, dandelions & ajuga have happily carpeted a place where other plants fail to thrive - gravelly clay with standing water 8” below & topped with horrible landscape fabric held in place by boulders & tree roots. I celebrate these wonderful, tough-as-nails pioneering weeds! ...
#isthataweedorwhat #skagitvalley #garden #flowers #dandelion #violet #flora #growyourownfood #growyourownmedicine πŸŒΈπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ±πŸŒžπŸŒ§
Duck in the henhouse? ...
No we didn’t get ducks. Yes, one hen did lay a giant egg last night. The darker egg is a typical large. The pale one, well, Lacey musta had a rough night. She lays our biggest eggs, occasionally dropping jumbo, but this one takes the award for biggest ever. I’m guessing it’s a double-yolker, but maybe it’ll have a duckling inside. Stay tuned. ...
#skagitvalley #farmlife #eggs #whathappensinthehenhouse #hens #womenswork  #chickens #isabrown πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ πŸ₯š πŸ“ πŸ¦† 🍳
Duck in the henhouse? ... No we didn’t get ducks. Yes, one hen did lay a giant egg last night. The darker egg is a typical large. The pale one, well, Lacey musta had a rough night. She lays our biggest eggs, occasionally dropping jumbo, but this one takes the award for biggest ever. I’m guessing it’s a double-yolker, but maybe it’ll have a duckling inside. Stay tuned. ... #skagitvalley  #farmlife  #eggs  #whathappensinthehenhouse  #hens  #womenswork  #chickens  #isabrown  πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ πŸ₯š πŸ“ πŸ¦† 🍳
My boyfriend’s back. ...
Or at least I think s/he’s the one serenading me with froggy love songs at all hours, interrupted only by lusty birdsong at the dark before the dawn. Must be spring. ...
#skagitvalley #pacificchorusfrog #frog #garden 🌱🌞🌧🌸 🐸 🐦 🎢 πŸ€πŸ’—
My boyfriend’s back. ... Or at least I think s/he’s the one serenading me with froggy love songs at all hours, interrupted only by lusty birdsong at the dark before the dawn. Must be spring. ... #skagitvalley  #pacificchorusfrog  #frog  #garden  🌱🌞🌧🌸 🐸 🐦 🎢 πŸ€πŸ’—
Homeward bound. ... Living where Cascade volcano mountains meet the Salish Sea is a blessing. Seeing them together on a rare PacNW clear Spring day is a godsend. Today was one of those days & I am thankful. ...
#salishsea #mountbaker #cascades #homewardbound #pacificnorthwest #getoutside #homeiswheretheheartis #canonrebel πŸŒ‹ β›° 🌊 πŸ™ 🌞 ⛅️❀️
Sexiest bark award. ...
After a fantastic morning speaking to the Orcas Island Club & singing the praises of the madrona trees growing abundantly on the island, I adventured to the gorgeous property where @marimalcolm & @deckled will create their home alongside this beautiful cliff-side specimen. I can’t wait to see their home & garden evolve here! ...
#orcasisland #pacificnorthwest #upperleftusa #nativeplants #flora #getoutside #forest #arbutusmenziesii #madronatree #wherethewildthingsare #homeiswheretheheartis #canonrebel #whataview 🌲 🌳 🌊 πŸ‘πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎβ£οΈπŸŒŽ
Sexiest bark award. ... After a fantastic morning speaking to the Orcas Island Club & singing the praises of the madrona trees growing abundantly on the island, I adventured to the gorgeous property where @marimalcolm & @deckled will create their home alongside this beautiful cliff-side specimen. I can’t wait to see their home & garden evolve here! ... #orcasisland  #pacificnorthwest  #upperleftusa  #nativeplants  #flora  #getoutside  #forest  #arbutusmenziesii  #madronatree  #wherethewildthingsare  #homeiswheretheheartis  #canonrebel  #whataview  🌲 🌳 🌊 πŸ‘πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎβ£οΈπŸŒŽ
Doggone cute. ...
Clearing the forest of blackberry & other weeds is part of restoration. Planting native species like this Cornus canadensis is another part. Getting natives growing before invasives can re-invade is key. And it’s fun! ...
#skagitvalley #forest #nativeplant #restoration #cornuscanadensis #bunchberry πŸŒ±πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ³
Doggone cute. ... Clearing the forest of blackberry & other weeds is part of restoration. Planting native species like this Cornus canadensis is another part. Getting natives growing before invasives can re-invade is key. And it’s fun! ... #skagitvalley  #forest  #nativeplant  #restoration  #cornuscanadensis  #bunchberry  πŸŒ±πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ³
Cherries on the bay. ...
This wild cherry is putting on a stunning bloom this spring. It’s probably happy it’s no longer engulfed in blackberries. But will it bear any tasty fruits? TBD! ...
#skagitvalley #cherryblossom #spring #flowers #growyourownfood #foodforest #garden #padillabay #homeiswheretheheartis #inmyfrontyard #canonrebel πŸ’ πŸŒ³πŸŒΈπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ’—
In the wind. ...#skagitvalley #spring #flower #tree #garden #spring #blinkandyoumissit #magnolia #canonrebel 🌺 πŸ’¨ 🌳 πŸŒ§πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ
Spring lilies. ...
Fritillaries & fawn lilies are such sweet, tough, reliable naturalizers & they pair beautifully in dappled shade. ...
#skagitvalley #spring #garden #flowers #checkerlily #fawnlily #canonrebel #outmyfrontdoor πŸŒ±πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ’—
Living on this rock. ...
Join us for our April nature walk today at 10am at the Breazeale upland trail. ...
#skagitvalley #padillabay #nature #flora #fauna #hike #getoutside #wherethewildthingsare #sundayhappenings 🌲 🌳 πŸ¦… πŸ¦‰ 🌎🌱🦌
Free range faux pas. ...
Kula’s a fantastic dog except when it comes to her love of critter poo. After snacking on deer pellets in the woods, she couldn’t resist rolling in fresh eau de hen. This is her look when I said β€œit’s hose time bad girl.” ...
#skagitvalley #farmlife #kuladog #bordercollie #rescuedog #mutt #pooproller #baddog 🐢 πŸ“ πŸ’© πŸ›€πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ€¬πŸ€’ 🦌
Free range faux pas. ... Kula’s a fantastic dog except when it comes to her love of critter poo. After snacking on deer pellets in the woods, she couldn’t resist rolling in fresh eau de hen. This is her look when I said β€œit’s hose time bad girl.” ... #skagitvalley  #farmlife  #kuladog  #bordercollie  #rescuedog  #mutt  #pooproller  #baddog  🐢 πŸ“ πŸ’© πŸ›€πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ€¬πŸ€’ 🦌
Basketful of spring. ...
I filled a basket with cushiony nettles before gathering eggs from below a semi-broody hen. Treated myself to a bouquet of fragrant, fleeting Viburnum blossoms ahead of ruinous rain & wind. ...
#skagitvalley #farmlife #garden #eatyourweeds #flowers #isthataweedorwhat #growyourownfood #harvest #stingingnettles #pacificnorthwest #home πŸ“πŸ₯šπŸŒ±πŸŒΈπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ™ 🌧 πŸ’¨
Top bird. ...
Sonoma gives good stink-eye. I’m glad I’m on her good side. Girl will put you in your place. ...
#skagitvalley #farmlife #peckingorder #whathappensinthehenhouse #easteregger #sonoma πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ“πŸ€¨πŸŒ·
Teaching teachers. ...
I had a blast teaching educators & school admins & others about gardening. My day was especially rewarding when I blew a few minds about the greatness of nettles & dandelions. Thanks @peace_soldier_999 for taking this pic & encouraging me! ...
#gardening #wellness #isthataweedorwhat #followyourbliss #ilovemyjob 🌱 🌺 πŸ™πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ
Teaching teachers. ... I had a blast teaching educators & school admins & others about gardening. My day was especially rewarding when I blew a few minds about the greatness of nettles & dandelions. Thanks @peace_soldier_999 for taking this pic & encouraging me! ... #gardening  #wellness  #isthataweedorwhat  #followyourbliss  #ilovemyjob  🌱 🌺 πŸ™πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ
Wellness day! ...
I’m thrilled that we’ve been hired to bring gardening knowledge to a new kind of wellness fair. Today’s the first of what we hope will be many opportunities to bring our passion to these programs! Thanks to @fiskarsamericas @blairbrophy @chickenfuel for giveaway goodies!...
#gardening #wellness #edmonds #pacificnorthwest #flora #fauna #toyourhealth #neverstoplearning πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒžπŸ™πŸŒΈπŸŒ±πŸΈπŸ“
Wellness day! ... I’m thrilled that we’ve been hired to bring gardening knowledge to a new kind of wellness fair. Today’s the first of what we hope will be many opportunities to bring our passion to these programs! Thanks to @fiskarsamericas @blairbrophy @chickenfuel for giveaway goodies!... #gardening  #wellness  #edmonds  #pacificnorthwest  #flora  #fauna  #toyourhealth  #neverstoplearning  πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒžπŸ™πŸŒΈπŸŒ±πŸΈπŸ“
Bloomin’ horsetail. ...
Sometime nature gives us a good laugh. Extends our imagination. Makes us dream bigger. If horsetail really sported cherry blossoms, imagine the potential. ...
#dreambig #garden #horsetail #isthataweedorwhat #getoutside #cherryblossom #imaginewhatif #dinosaurplants #flora #nature #surprise πŸŒΈπŸ’—πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ πŸ’
A new way to slice. ...
I was kind of skeptical when I saw the design of these new knives. But I really like them! Lightweight. Easy on the hands. Cuts a crunchy baguette without a bunch of sawing. Dishwasher safe, with a guard too. Thanks for the gift @fiskarsamericas @blairbrophy ...
#bestthingsinceslicedbread #neverenoughtools #kitchenknife #snacktacular πŸ₯– 🍴 πŸ™
A new way to slice. ... I was kind of skeptical when I saw the design of these new knives. But I really like them! Lightweight. Easy on the hands. Cuts a crunchy baguette without a bunch of sawing. Dishwasher safe, with a guard too. Thanks for the gift @fiskarsamericas @blairbrophy ... #bestthingsinceslicedbread  #neverenoughtools  #kitchenknife  #snacktacular  πŸ₯– 🍴 πŸ™
Delicious! ...
Quite possibly my favorite fragrant spring bloomer: Viburnum carlesii. This one was sheared into a ball when bought our Skagit property & barely bloomed. (β€œNeatening” before selling a garden can be a horrible thing!) with lots of restorative pruning & tlc, it’s looking & smelling fantastic two years later. Still more renovating to do. (Psst! Fall foliage is gorgeous on this one too.) ...
#garden #flowers #fragrantplants #viburnum #favoritethings #flora #spring πŸŒΈπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ’— πŸ˜‹
Delicious! ... Quite possibly my favorite fragrant spring bloomer: Viburnum carlesii. This one was sheared into a ball when bought our Skagit property & barely bloomed. (β€œNeatening” before selling a garden can be a horrible thing!) with lots of restorative pruning & tlc, it’s looking & smelling fantastic two years later. Still more renovating to do. (Psst! Fall foliage is gorgeous on this one too.) ... #garden  #flowers  #fragrantplants  #viburnum  #favoritethings  #flora  #spring  πŸŒΈπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ’— πŸ˜‹