Tag: flowers

Nourish then Flourish

I have recently joined a collective of artists, writers, and practitioners who trust in the therapeutic aspect of nature and creation. Each in our own way, we believe that intentionally spending time with nature creates opportunities for growth, healing, inspiration and restoration. Rebecca Lefebvre… Continue Reading “Nourish then Flourish”

the columbine

This spring, the pandemic has slowed our go-go-go family down tremendously. Rather than running to various activities every afternoon, we’ve found ourselves focused on our own homestead. We keep a to-do list of both house and garden projects, but this extra time has afforded… Continue Reading “the columbine”

lessons learned: hydrangeas and healing

We human beings are like plants. We need to be cared for in order to grow and thrive.  It’s not always a perfect formula. In general though, we need to be watered, fed, and sometimes pruned. And just like plants, without enough nourishment, we… Continue Reading “lessons learned: hydrangeas and healing”

lessons learned: paperwhites and epiphany

Today is Epiphany in the Christian church calendar.  It marks the journey of the Magi to the Christ child and celebrates God being revealed to us as Jesus–coming into the world to experience both darkness and light just as we do and sharing the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: paperwhites and epiphany”

lessons learned: hydrangeas and healing

Last night as I transplanted a hydrangea my mom gave me for Easter, this meditation came back to my heart.  Thought I would repost it this morning. ~cameron We human beings are like plants. We need to be cared for in order to grow and… Continue Reading “lessons learned: hydrangeas and healing”

feb 2017, dear cameron. . .

February 2017 Dear Cameron, I know you are busily approaching Spring 2017 with much excitement and anticipation of a full summer garden.  You are dreaming of expanding your homestead even bigger, maximizing sun space and growing plants vertically.  You are imagining arms full of… Continue Reading “feb 2017, dear cameron. . .”

healing

Some days when the scars in my soul remind me they are there, I go out into creation and just be with my God.  I am reminded that there is beauty in each and every living thing, even myself.

a story to tell

After I arrived home from work tonight, I journeyed my away around the gardens.  It is amazing how an early afternoon shower then warm sun can perk up the plants and stimulate new growth.  As I made my away around each bed, I reflected… Continue Reading “a story to tell”

sitting with the crocuses

You expect Her to come quickly when you feel the first warm light bask on your skin, or when the first choir of purple crocuses peeps their heads through the dead leaves. You wait impatiently for this season of hibernation to fade. You’ve rested… Continue Reading “sitting with the crocuses”

Lenten reflection: grow in grace

This past week, I mistakenly received an email from an organization asking for my volunteer support.  This happens now and again because there are several farms named “Grow in Grace.”  As Sophia would have it, some of my recent readings for my spiritual direction… Continue Reading “Lenten reflection: grow in grace”

study of tulips

 

study of amaryllis

   

lessons learned: on paper whites and epiphany

Last year when I started my seeds in January, I stumbled across a couple of bulbs that hadn’t made it into the ground.  I filled a tall mason jar with dirt, tossed the bulbs in, and set the jar with the rest of the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: on paper whites and epiphany”

Mary Oliver’s Song for Autumn

Song for Autumn In the deep fall don’t you imagine the leaves think how comfortable it will be to touch the earth instead of the nothingness of air and the endless freshets of wind? And don’t you think the trees themselves, especially those with… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Song for Autumn”

lessons learned: dandelions and faith

This morning I came across this blessing in Jan Richardson’s book In the Sanctuary of Women.  “Rootedness” seems to be a theme in my life right now so I thought I would repost this meditation. May your roots go deep and deeper still into… Continue Reading “lessons learned: dandelions and faith”

lessons learned: hydrangeas and healing

A much needed reminder this morning.  ~cameron We human beings are like plants. We need to be cared for in order to grow and thrive.  It’s not always a perfect formula. In general though, we need to be watered, fed, and sometimes pruned. And… Continue Reading “lessons learned: hydrangeas and healing”

evenin’ walk

sunny Spring Sunday on the farm

lessons learned: the willow

Last night, I stopped by the store to pick up a couple of things, and after a week filled with cracked windshields, missing legal documents and unexpected snow, I was pretty much done, and it was only Tuesday. As a morale boost, I decided… Continue Reading “lessons learned: the willow”

daffodils

Lenten rose

spring begins

scent of spring

What a delight upon arrival at the local market

lessons learned: on patient paper whites and epiphany

Last year when I started my seeds in January, I stumbled across a couple of bulbs that hadn’t made it into the ground.  I filled a tall mason jar with dirt, tossed the bulbs in, and set the jar with the rest of the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: on patient paper whites and epiphany”

texture on the farm

Spring showers created Spring flowers

taking advantage of small spaces in the garden

If you are a front yard farmer like I am or have limited full sun spaces, don’t fret.  I’ve been there, and I’m doing that.  Our little farm has continued to expand a little each year, but this year I am committed to maximizing… Continue Reading “taking advantage of small spaces in the garden”

tulips after the rain

spring bouquet

   

a prayer in Spring

A Prayer in Spring Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,… Continue Reading “a prayer in Spring”

if there’s dirt under the fingernails, it must be Spring

After two weekends of designing, sawing, and measuring shelving, I had had enough of a project that just wasn’t working out.  I finally looked at the kitchen and said “I give up,” then I headed outside for some time in the gardens. I threw… Continue Reading “if there’s dirt under the fingernails, it must be Spring”

lilies in the leaves

In spite of Winter’s last sigh of snow on Wednesday, Spring has gracefully swept into the farm this weekend, greeting us with chirping robins and cheerful daffodils.  The perennial flower beds, filled with leaves, are showing signs of life.  Green shoots of lilies, iris,… Continue Reading “lilies in the leaves”

o Gardener of Life

O Gardener of Life, your mercy is steadfast, sure. With care you plant us. You turn the earth around us and water our roots with love. Even when we bear no fruit, year after struggling year, you are patient. Your hope for us leafs… Continue Reading “o Gardener of Life”

a bit of Spring on Sunday

winter’s not done, but spring has come

Winter’s not done, but Spring has come.  

homesteading: and the blooming begins

The first of the forced bulb hyacinths.  Want to learn more about forcing bulbs?  See my blog post.

lessons learned: hydrangeas and healing

We human beings are like plants. We need to be cared for in order to grow and thrive.  It’s not always a perfect formula. In general though, we need to be watered, fed, and sometimes pruned. And just like plants, without enough nourishment, we… Continue Reading “lessons learned: hydrangeas and healing”

afternoon at the NC Arboretum

Spent a lovely afternoon walking the gardens, rocking in the sun, and delighting in Autumn’s colors.  Want to see more?  Friend growing grace farm on Facebook–there’s an album there.  (easy to do–just scroll down, look on right, and friend!)

autumn evening walk

Nature’s crayons: blues