Urban Garden Harvest ~ Early June

It is early June and here are some of the delicious vegetables coming out of our urban garden. Our first harvest included Cherry Belle Radishes, lettuce, spinach and all kinds of herbs including dill, cilantro, parsley, lemon balm, bergamot, lemon verbena, marjoram, thyme, oregano, holy basil, and rosemary. The kids enjoyed harvesting the radishes, big…

Healing Herbs ~ Lemon Verbena

This is one of my favorite herbs in the garden. Although it is trickier to grow in colder climates, this herb is well worth a try if only for its spellbinding lemon-scent. Lemon verbena grew originally in Chile and was first brought to Europe in the 18th century by the Spanish for its perfume. I…

Summer Flowers ~ Nature Photography

Summer flowers are here and I am obsessed. Here are some of my favorites in all their splendor. Bees make their appearance in these photographs. This year, it seems like there are fewer bees flying around our parts. We placed bee watering stations throughout our garden. They are simply seashells that fill up whenever we…

Forest Charm ~ Nature Photography

“Notice how present a flower is, how surrendered to life.” ~Eckhart Tolle My favorite way to find grounding and balance is to take to nature; to draw from its infinite well of universal energy. This provincial park in Central Vancouver Island is a treasure trove of inspiration and rejuvenation. The pastoral property that surrounds the…

Front-Yard Urban Garden ~ May Update

Now that May is half over and all our garden beds have been filled with vegetables, fruit and herbs, it is time to pause and take stock of what is actually growing and to reflect on why we are growing our own and sharing it with others. ~~~ Why a Front Yard Garden? This is…

Grow with the Flow ~ Nature Photography

“When you possess great treasures within you and you try to tell others of them, seldom you are believed.” ~ Paulo Coelho  I have been enjoying the escalation of colors in our backyard. It is mother earth imploring us, in her playful way, to give her our feet, our eyes, our noses and to take…

Healing Herbs ~ Hyssop for the Garden

“Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Ancient Native Proverb   As I write about the different herbs in our garden, my hope is that I…

Beauty All Around ~ Nature Photography

A Sufi holy man was asked, “What is forgiveness?” He said, “It is the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed.” It is a pleasure and privileged to revel in nature especially as the colors, fragrances and textures explode all around. Borage has come back to life and once again graced us with its…

May – I need more hours in the day!

Originally posted on nodighome:
The temperature has fallen (again!) and the wind can be so cold, but things are hotting up in my no dig greenhouse and polytunnel. Germination is so rapid it feels as though seeds are popping almost as soon as I plant them, thanks to the heat mats and heated propagating bench.…

In the Light ~ Nature Photography

 “The light of love restores every lost voice.” ~ Janette Oke There is the perpetual sunshine bringing a smile to all those who pass by. Then there are those who unveil themselves to the world to show their true strength. Even when they lose something, they remain whole. Those who feel the light deep inside…

Beach Time on Vancouver Island: Nature Photography

As summer approaches, the anticipation of hot sun, soft sand, barnacled rocks, lapping waves and cool ocean air washing over my mind and body gets me a little giddy. It’s never too early to head to the beach and take in all that its wonders. Little treasures are found along the way when one is…

Wild Flowers of Vancouver Island ~ Nature Photography

The beauty of spring is in plain sight. On this particular hike in Central Vancouver Island, where ever we looked, there were burgundy, yellow, blue and purple flowers nestled among the soft, dewy greens. We admired the unique shapes of the flowers and pondered whether the fairies used them as umbrellas, hats or cups to…