Awakening…

Awakening – Weekly Photo Challenge

We have had unseasonably cold temperatures here in Michigan.  They say that the corn should be knee-high by the 4th of July.  At this point, I am wondering if we will even have daffodils by July!  Although, yesterday was our first beautiful Spring day, with temperatures reaching a balmy 50 degrees!

A few signs of Spring decided to awaken…

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Chionodoxa  – blue glory of the snow

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Chionodoxa – white glory of the snow
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Purple Crocus

It was a true sign of Spring inside, for we started planting tomato, pepper and brussels sprouts seeds! Soon the greenhouse and hoop houses will be filled with hundreds of seedlings, waiting for sunshine and warmth in the garden.

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I know Spring is coming, because this gorgeous friend emerged yesterday!  She was very shy and not thrilled to have her photo taken!

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“Awakening is not changing who you are, but discarding who you are not. ~Deepak Chopra

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Sign of Spring: Glory of the Snow

Finally…the first blooms of the season!

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“Glory of the Snow” Chinodoxa

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These beautiful Spring flowers look wonderful in rock gardens and mixing with other bulbs.  In light shade, they will  bloom for 3-4 weeks.  They bloom in the coldest weather, welcoming Spring.  There are 8-10 one inch blooms, sitting on a 6 inch stem.  What a stunning violet-blue color. Head outside and discover the many gifts Mother Nature has to offer!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Feed the Bees

Spring is right around the corner!  This means it is seed starting time!  I have to admit, I not only have an addiction to chocolate, critters and hats, but to seeds!  I love harvesting seeds, buying seeds and of course, planting seeds.  We are fortunate enough to have a heated undergarage, with added grow lights for seed starting.  In February and March, we will also begin seeds in the hoop houses and greenhouse.

This year, we have an extra special seed focus – BEES!  With 20,000 Italian honey bees arriving in May, we are expanding our cottage garden and filling the Apiary with lots of bee-loving plants.

Granted, we have many food choices for our little friends, with the gardens and fruit trees, but in my opinion, there is never enough food for the bees!  You might not have a passion for becoming a bee keeper, but that does not mean you can’t help the natural bees in your area.  This Spring, when you are looking to add plants to your yard, garden or deck, here are some special requests from the bees!  (Zone 5)

Herbs: lavender, sage, catmint, cilantro, thyme, borage, fennel, bee balm, dill

Perennials:  hollyhocks, clematis, foxglove, poppy, cone flower, black-eyed susan,

Annuals: sunflowers, zinnia, clover, marigolds, geranium,

Shrubs: butterfly bushes, honeysuckle, roses, clematis, forsythia, witch hazel, weigela

Fruits & Veggies: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, fruit trees, cantaloupe, gourds, pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, watermelon, tomatoes

Remember, if the bees die, they are taking us with them!  Pollination is NOT something that can be outsourced!

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Bee Kind…Bee Helpful…Bee YOU!

♥Roda

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