Friday, July 25, 2014

I Want My Toes In The Water and My Bum In The Sand


Or is it, my bum in the sand and my toes in the water?  Oh well, either way, it's time for  Beach Farmgirl to take her annual bloggy break by the sea! 
Wishing you a wonderful week of whatever brings you joy!

 I'll see you back here at Dandelion House in a couple of weeks! ( or sooner if I miss you too much )
Debbie and I will resume Farmgirl Friday when I return... In the meantime, she'll be unleashing her inner farmgirl in the garden and will be sharing her doin's on her adorable blog Farmgirl Unleashed! 

Here's a DANDELION WISH for you: Wishes are what dreams fly on. You never know when or where they will land, but they will and when they do they'll be even better than you had dreamed they would be, so keep the faith and DREAM BIG! 

 ENJOY the lazy days of SUMMER with your peeps!
Much love,
Deb




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GROWING UP~ VERTICAL GARDENING


 I don't know about you, but I think there's something absolutley magical about watching plants clamor up arbors, fence posts, trellises, garden teepees and even other plants! 
No matter the size of your plot, vertical gardening benefits both gardener and plants.

There are too many flowering vines and climbing roses to mention in one little ole garden post so I'm just going to show off a few plants that are " growing up" in my garden this summer.  I purchased sevaral bamboo teepees a few years back and they're holding up pretty well!

"I spray painted them black for a little garden drama... I like how the bright green of the leaves contrasts against the darkness of the black paint."


 I have one 4x8 bed filled with three types of  climbing beans. Scarlet Runners, Royal Burgundy and Roma 11.

Plus, I planted a long row of Edamame in front of the trellises. I'm hoping to make some homemade hummus using my harvested Edamame beans!


Slicing cucumbers also love to climb and will take up much less room in your garden beds if you give something reach for the sky on! I planted one slicing cuke plant right in the middle of my summer squash and eggplant this year and so far we've harvest two very large cukes with many more on the vine!

I love this little baby cucumber just beginning to form on the vine. 
Watching a garden " grow up " is such an inspiring thing to do!


Even these volunteer morning glories are happy winding their way through the openings in my chicken run fence.
 Happy plants make a happy and healthy garden and gardener!

Don't you agree? 
What's  " growing up" in your garden this summer? 
I'd love to hear about them and any tips too!


Love,
The Dandelion Lady!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop # 166 and FARM FRESH Flowers

Howdy friends and welcome back to your favorite farmgirl stomping grounds.
You may recognize this way too cute Flower Market Cart from my Facebook page and Farmgirl Chit-Chat. I fell head over heals in love with it and then I shared it so much that another farmgirl friend recognized it and pointed me directly to the maker of this genius flower cart. That's how I met  farm mama, blogger, seamstress, home builder and flower farmer, 
Dori of  The Red Feedsack and Farm Fresh. blogs.
I'm so excited to introduce you to her today! 

Here's one of her angels in a darling dress she made. Love the braids and the sweet little covered button at the top f the dress.  And, that print is just oozing farmgirl charm!

Here's one of Dori's Farm Fresh bouquets.They are so beautiful and vibrant!  And, the label adds the perfect finishing touch!


Dori, if you're reading today, I want you to know you have inspired me to move forward with my dream to sell my cut flowers! I'll be fashioning a  FARM STAND stand for my front yard just in time to start cutting my zinnias, sunflowers and dahlias! 
Thank you for the beauty and inspiration you share on both of your blogs! It's simply delightful! Do you mind telling us where you had your adorable labels printed? 



You can read all about how Farm Fresh came to be in Dori's column called Monthly Moo's! And learn how she and her husband built their beautiful farmhouse in the rolling hills of Tennessee from the ground up! 


Be sure to follow both blogs to keep up with all of the Farm Fresh Goodness happenings! 

 Inspired yet? There's more to come on the hop!

Be sure to stop by Big Sky Acres to see Debbie's ( aka Farmgirl Unleashed) beautiful blooms too! She resurrected them from a week of neglect ( while she was away bonding with her NEW grandson Arlo)  and they're glorious!


Time to link up for your weekly fix'n of farmgirl soul-food!
Tis' the season of plenty and there is so much to celebrate! Share the bounty here!
 Crafting, cooking, canning, chickens, gardening, farming, and just plain farmgirln' around!

What's bloomin' at your place? 

As always, we thank you for your participation in the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! 

Put Down Some Roots And BLOOM!


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