I've been in a bit of a funk here. So much to do and don't know where to turn first. On top of it all, the family has been sick. It's hard to get much done but I am trying. Our yard and garden is in such a giant state of disrepair and needs so much attention that it makes my head spin.
I decided I needed a little inspiration in the gardening department and headed off to my favorite plant source Walker Farm in Dummerston, VT. It poured the entire time I was there. It has been doing a lot of that - pouring down buckets of rain - lately. We need the water but day after day, slogging around in the mud and muck, it gets to be too much. Good thing I replaced my holey boots. With these.....
They are pretty great although The Farmer says they are useless because they aren't high enough to be walking through the tall grass. Maybe I need another different pair. I have never liked the Muck Boots brand because my feet get too hot. (The Farmer on the other hand lives in this brand of boot, mostly the ones up to his knees because he is always walking through high grass.) The MUCK BOOT people have just developed a "cooling" element and it seems to work. So far, my feet are comfy but a bit squished. I have wide feet and there is no wide size. This is the pair I have. I'll have to alternate these with some other garden clogs I have this summer. But for shear foot support, walking through the fields, climbing through ditches and muck and running water, these are great. Need to be a little higher for some of the puddles around here.
At Walker Farm, I became inspired. Thank goodness because I need some gardening mojo. I fell in love with these petunias....
They speak my color sense, don't they - all those complimentary colors and striping. I brought some home. They are called Black Velvet, Supertunia Pretty Much Picasso and Supertunia Picasso in Pink. I never used to plant petunias. I remember Daddy spending hours deadheading the yellow petunias he always grew. The folks at WF told me petunias aren't like that anymore. Last year I planted the Wave petunias in my "welcome pots" and I loved them. We'll see how we do with these this year.
It's funny how your taste in flowers and plants changes over a lifetime of gardening, isn't it?
Walker Farm is a gorgeous place. This year they have their perennials sorted by color on these great painted display tables. The signs at the end of the tables are made of kids fun foam. How clever. They should last the season and they are so colorful.
Here's their pot shed....
What an artistic colorful presentation......
If only I had a million dollars for all those gorgeous glazed pots and a place to store them in the winter and someone to help me put them away!
If you are near Dummerston, VT (close to Brattleboro and Putney - home to Green Mountain Spinnery), make sure you check out Walker Farm.
I just decided to take a trip next week to Columbus to the annual TNNA show. Haven't been to this industry trade show in years. Won't be there for too long but should be fun to meet the yarn stores that carry my yarn. Had to make some business cards. Been a while since I had any of them. Gave me a chance to brush up on my Photoshop skills. Here's what I came up with although in RGB (computer screen mode) they look all neony and psychedelic. In CMYK (printer's mode) they are much calmer.
Hope they arrive in time. Speaking of psychedelic, there is a great show now on at Smith College Museum of Art called the Summer of Love - Psychodelic Posters. Check it out if you are local.
This post from Niamh is awesome. Does anyone make Blaaa?
Found this recipe for Honey Miso Noodle Salad which I used to be addicted to when ChaChaCha was in Northampton when Julia was a little one on my hip. Must try this weekend.