Category Archives: Gardening

Weekly Photo Challenge – Satisfaction


Growing my own food and harvesting fresh veggies from my garden definitely gives me a great sense of satisfaction

And a deep sense of gratitude as well.





✿~Peace & Love~✿

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WPC – satisfaction

Don’t Be Shy

Don’t be shy

Lift up your eyes

Let your beauty shine


Like the sun


© Julie Rehnelt 2017


I found this lovely gem springing up between the cracks along the stairway outside my back door.  I didn’t plant it there, so my guess is that some of the black oil sunflower seeds that I feed the birds scattered there and sprouted.  What a delightful surprise!  I adore sunflowers and didn’t have a place to plant any this year, so I appreciate nature planting some for me in a place it saw fit – right out our backdoor, where we go in and out the most and can enjoy it’s beauty.

When I walked past it yesterday, I thought it looked like it was being shy with its head slightly tilted down, and its petals not yet fully opened reminded me of eyelashes.  I added a filter to this photo, which I never do, and edited it to give it a bit of a nostalgic feel, because that’s how I was feeling while looking at it.  I can’t wait until it “lifts up its eyes” and “let’s its beauty shine.” 🌻


May your day shine with beauty today, and with joy…




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday



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Two Little Sweets

Two little sweets

destined to be

delicious treats


© Julie Rehnelt 2017


Unless the naughty squirrels steal them just before they’re ripe enough to pick.  😡  I have yet to taste even one of my strawberries this season…

Oh well, you win some you lose some when it comes to gardening.  At least I’ve been able to enjoy their sweet pretty blossoms.  🌸


May your world blossom with sweetness today…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Wordless Wednesday



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The Blue Screen of Death vs the Garden


“Critical_process_died.”  Yep, that pretty much sums it up.  I’ve been in technology hell here the past few days trying to conquer this blue screen of death.  My laptop keeps crashing and I’m at my wits end.  I’ve tried everything to avail, and have even gone as far as trying to reset my PC, but that too failed.  Luckily, I was able to go into safe mode and backup most of my files onto my external hard drive, so I am thankful for that, but I’m so frustrated with technology right now.

I’m posting this from my phone which is a new experience for me, so I have no idea what I’m doing, but hopefully you’ll be able to make heads or tails of it when I’m done.  No promises though, I’m barely able to see what I’m doing on this small screen.  I’ve had just about enough of looking at screens lately…

Meanwhile in the garden…

The flower bed, although not much is ‘flowering’ at the moment, is lush and green.  So refreshing and life giving…


I snapped this earlier when the irises were blooming in that flower bed…


And this of the lily of the valley…


And this of the lilacs…


The lilacs were absolutely delicious this spring, sorry I didn’t have the chance to share them with you while in the moment.

The peonies on the other side of the house are blooming right now though and they’re just gorgeous. I cut a few and put them in a vase on the table out on patio so I can enjoy them while I’m sitting out here.  I would love to bring them inside, if it wasn’t for the ants…


My veggies this year are coming along nicely so far. Except for my zucchini which took a beating from some strong winds we had recently, I really hope I’m able to salvage them, zucchini is one of my favorites.

My tiny forest of lettuce is almost ready to start harvest…


And my peas are starting to flower…


I planted peas in five different locations this year.  Some of them are kinda silly places, but I wanted more.  😊

Also flowering are my bell peppers…


And something new I’m growing this year, ground cherries…


I’ve never grown these before, I’d never even heard of them before I bought some last year at my local farmers market. They are quite tasty though and apparently good for using in various jams.  The fruit develops in what look like tiny Chinese lanterns.  They’re cute and yummy!

Also cute and yummy – or as I said to my sister the other day “tiny, but tasty” are my strawberries…


I was so pleased to be able to winter these over in my strawberry pot and see them survive.  I hope to one day build a garden bed made especially for them.  Sweet little things. 🍓

There are many more tasty things developing in my veggie garden, as well as beautiful blooming things growing in and around the yard, but doing this from my phone is proving to be a bit tedious, so I’ll have to wait to share more until after I conquer the blue screen of death that I’m being plagued with on my laptop.

Wish me luck…

I hope all is well and beautiful in your world.  I’ll try to stop by your blogs soon…

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Where Flowers Bloom


Whether in my garden or in my hand

on my skin or on the land

Whether growing wildly or in places planned

where flowers bloom, life feels grand


© Julie Rehnelt 2015




I had a sad thing happen in my veggie garden recently – I lost my beloved zucchini plant to a storm that came through the area during the night.  When I awoke the next morning I found my lovely zucchini plant all sprawled out and smashed down from the strong winds and heavy rain.  As I was clearing some of it away, I picked up one of the little zucchinis that had broken off that still had its bloom attached to the end, and my first thought was ‘poor thing will never have a chance to become what it was meant to be.’  But as I turned it around in my hand, I thought ‘how beautiful it still is, even after all the trauma it had endured during the storm,’ and I went and grabbed my camera to take a picture of it.  As I was snapping, I thought ‘there’s got to be a metaphor hiding here somewhere for me in this… there always is.’  😉

Maybe it’s to realize how brief and fragile life can be, and what a gift it is regardless of the circumstances, and to keep on blooming even through life’s storms.  Or maybe it’s to see and appreciate the beauty that is always all around us, even in devastation, if we make the effort or pause long enough to notice it.  It’s all about perspective, isn’t it?

I choose to perceive that life is beautiful.  Even if I don’t get to eat my own zucchini.  😉

I’m still trying to salvage part of the plant, but I don’t know if it will produce anything.  I did get a few zucchinis before the storm came, and for that I am grateful.


I hope you find things to be grateful for today too.  Keep blooming, my friends!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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