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There's no place like home

Michigan Governor Whitmer’s “stay at home” order finally compelled me to sit at the computer and write. Though these are really scary times, I keep feeling hopeful because of my garden and the brightening landscape. Seeds have been sown and darling seedlings are reaching to the light, reassuring me that there will be flowers at the end of all this craziness. Winter days planning, tucking in teeny seeds and navigating around my new worktable (Old Red) loaded with trays of future blooms fills me with gratitude.

Just like season one of Cheerful Nature, I plan to give away bouquets in the community to anyone who needs a pick me up. At the top of my list are the older adults and hospital workers in our community and the teens who are missing some key school milestones. Hang in there. Hugs to our community and a big thank you to the medical personnel. Now, let’s all stay home and do our part to ebb this pandemic… together.

Gardening, Nature, Outdoors, Uncategorized

Growing a cutting garden

Flowers bloom from late April through mid-October at my house on about an 1/8th of a collective area. This sounds teeny, yet, it’s a fun smattering of color in various gardens on my 4.75 acres. The first to flower are the Grape Hyacinths and soon to follow are the Alliums, Bleeding Hearts and Irises – rich, burgundy flowering transplants from my mom. The tulips sometimes make it. The bunnies with the edible win again this spring.

My homegrown flowers make me happy — in the garden, at home in eclectic vases and in recycled jars for friends and family. This joy inspired me to launch Cheerful Nature Bouquets — officially today! — and a new hillside cutting garden is underway.

A soil test has been ordered. A Sunday afternoon trek to a favorite grower, Hilltop Greenhouse and Farms, resulted in a carload of perennials and annuals. Another favorite, Salvia, was picked up and more Starlight Coreopsis and a fun new-to-me flower set has been ordered online. Planning is underway with the aid of a borrowed book from my lovely neighbor, Michele: Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden. (After much note taking, I had to order the book for my own library.)

Cheerful Nature Bouquets is launched!