Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Progress....

Hello!  I wanted to post a picture of the progress my Chocolate Garden is making.   As of today, almost two weeks since planting, the Chocolate Viola is the only plant that hasn't sprouted any  seedlings at all!!  The germination on those is a little later, so I'm hoping that is why they aren't up yet.  It has been cool, so today I put a heating pad under the tray for a bit to warm them up!!  I have been spritzing them with a water bottle a couple of times to keep the pellets wet.  




I am ready to get outside and start working on flower beds.  The cool and rainy weather is getting rather tiresome.  I purchased a few pansy and viola plants yesterday that I need to get potted in the next couple of days.  The bright pop of color that flowers bring is a welcome addition to the spring landscape.  


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!!
Until next time...
Blessings....
Melissa

Friday, March 31, 2017

Chocolate Garden

 A Chocolate Garden?  Sounds like something only found in Heaven!!  This garden will be a feast for the eyes (hopefully)  more so than the palette (with the exception of a couple of plants).  What gave me the inspiration for this new project was a plant I purchased at the end of last summer.  It was a cute perennial with little yellow flowers and brown centers that promised the fragrance of chocolate.  I did a little searching on line and found a wonderful site.  Chocolate Flower Farm. 
www.chocolateflowerfarm.com.  How did I never hear of this before??  I decided to purchase the Chocolate Garden Favorites bag that comes with seeds for 6 flower varieties as well as a delicious chocolate smelling votive.  In it were seeds for more Chocolate Flowers, Sunflowers, Violas (edible), Hollyhocks, and Sweet William.  It was to include Pincushion Flowers as well, but Chocolate Wild Carrot was substituted.  I was excited about this because I really wanted those  but didn't get them because I thought there was a large extra shipping charge associated with them.  When I told my husband, he said, "That's a weed, you know?".  Leave it to the farmer!!  Anyway, I also purchased seeds for Nasturtiums, Dahlias, and a beautiful Rudbeckia 'Green Wizard.  


Each variety comes packaged and labeled so well.  There are also sowing instructions included with each .  There are six of them that require they be sown indoors 6-8 weeks before planting.  I was going to start this last week but didn't get to it.  Hopefully they will first actually sprout, and then more importantly, grow well enough to be transplanted outside.  I tend to over care for plants by giving them too much water.  I promise to be more careful this time!!


I purchased this little Jiffy Greenhouse for my seeds. I followed the directions to add water and boy do those little pellets take so much in!!  Within a few minutes, they were ready!!



I'm sure there is an appropriate tool that "real" greenhouse gardeners use to fluff up the pellets.  I don't have one of whatever that is, so toothpicks it was for me!!  I used them to push back some of the mesh, fluff up the dirt, and gently cover the seeds.  


Since many of these seeds are super tiny, I also used the tip of the toothpick to pick them up and put them into the pellet.  I put two seeds in some of the pellets because I only had another large greenhouse and I didn't want to use it for just a few seeds.  I'm hoping I don't regret that.  


All planted, labeled, and ready to be placed in our south facing bow window!!


Obviously, it will have to be lot sunnier outside than it is today for the poor little things to sprout!!  I put Winston in charge, but he's too busy napping in his bowl to be much help!!


Wish me luck!!  I'll keep you updated with pictures!! Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend. 
Until next time..... 

Blessings...
Melissa

Monday, March 27, 2017


Merry Monday!!  The sun was peeking through a bit ago, but I'm afraid it gave up!!  I decided to share a bit of sunshine from around my home instead. Here are just a couple of my spring gatherings. 


Back door guests are best!!  A cheerful welcome!

 I found this little bunny recently at TJ Maxx. Love that store as well as Marshalls for cute little home decor.

 A display in my kitchen.

After first appearing back in February when it was unseasonably warm, my mini daffodils must feel safe enough now to start blooming. I just love these.

Until next time...
Blessings.....
Melissa


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Time Wax Goods

Good afternoon.  After a long absence from blogging, my hope is to jump back in and share some of the projects I am working on.  In the time of my absence, I have been busy with life as we all are.  Our son, the baby, is a senior this year and we have just finished up an amazing season of basketball.  As freshmen, the varsity team was 1-21.  Each year since has shown steady improvement.  This year they finished at 23-2.  League (12-0) and Sectional Tourney Champs.  It has been a wonderful ride.  Now that it is over, the scramble to finish his scrapbooks and plan for a graduation party are on the agenda.  I keep thinking if I don't plan, he won't really graduate and we can have a do over!!!  

I have also been busy in my Etsy shop, Farm Field Primitives, with new Blackened Beeswax items.  Here are a few that are available. 

Antique Bunny


Chocolate Bunny


Cotswold Sheep Cupboard Hanger



Primitive Crow



Large Easter Eggs


Mini Eggs


Sitting Bunny


I have some new plans for my flower garden this year.  I will share some of those in future posts!  Thanks for stopping by.  

Blessings....
Melissa