Category Archives: Gardening

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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Julie, Julie, Tell Me Truly, How Does Your Garden Grow?

With yellow bells

and pea pod shells

and tiny beans all in a row.

I’m just realizing that I haven’t posted anything about my vegetable garden yet this summer.  There’s been tons of stuff going on out there and I’m so thankful for how nicely everything is growing.  Well, I’ve had a few setbacks along the way, but for the most part, everything is flourishing.

Peas allow me to share a few of the highlights so far.  For instance, my peas


I adore fresh raw peas straight out of the garden and never cook the ones I grow myself, I just pop them open and then pop them into my mouth, they’re so sweet and delicious!  🙂

They’re at the end of their peak now and I’m sad to see them go.  Here are a couple other photos I snapped of my peas as they were growing.  I only have a small amount of sunny space for planting, but I wanted more peas, so I planted them in two different areas this year.  Along the back side of the fence…


And along the side of the house…


Oops hi Mom!  🙂

I found that the peas grew way better in the area along the back of the fence.  But even though it’s technically our property, it’s basically in the neighbors yard, so I don’t really feel comfortable puttering around over there.  It’s a rental property though and the tenants are rarely outside, so it’s been fine.  There is also a nice strip of sun back there behind our garage and I’ve entertained the thought of growing corn back there, but I’m not sure I feel completely comfortable doing that.  I’ll have to ponder it some more…

Another crop that is sadly nearing its end is my lettuce.  I can’t even say how much I’ve been enjoying eating fresh salads each day, and I will miss going out there and picking my lunch every day…


But there are other things ready for the picking out there.  I just picked my first zucchini yesterday!  I don’t have a photo of it, but I have this one of when it was first developing…


Since I snapped this, there are 4 or 5 others that will be coming ready soon.  Yay, I love zucchini!

A few other things that will be coming ready soon are my beans…


And my peppers.  My yellow bells…


And my jalapenos…


I’ve also got tiny cucumbers developing…


And tomatoes…


A few of these are starting to change color now. They’re a yellow cherry variety of tomato and I can’t wait to try them.

Oh, I almost forgot about my strawberries.  They’re one of the setbacks I mentioned.  The fruits have been really sub-par, much too tart and also misshaped, but the blooms are pretty…


Strawberry blossoms are such delightful little things, so even though I’m not getting any sweet strawberries to eat, I am fully enjoying their sweet looks.  😉

There are other sweet looking blooms in the flower bed and in miscellaneous pots on the patio too, but I’ll save them for another time.  Thanks for letting me share about some of the things growing in my vegetable garden.  Growing my own food truly is so rewarding, and tending to the little growing things nurtures my own soul at the same time.

I’m about to head out there right now for some more nurturing.  I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, may it be filled some nurturing too!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Flowery Friday


Wishing you a day filled with beauty and blossoms…






and whatever brings you joy.


It’s a gorgeous spring morning here and I’m off to plant my veggies!

Have a wonderful weekend!




✿~Peace & Love~✿

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As is customary, I went out during Mother’s Day weekend and bought a few annuals for my garden.  These bright beauties were one of them…


I adore any type of daisy, there is just something so delightful and sweet about them.  I can’t wait to plant these.  ❤

I also can’t wait to plant all of these…


But it’s probably going to be a little while yet before I can, because the weather here is still a bit too cold at night.  That’s why I have them all placed on this old rusty flower cart of mine – so I can wheel them in and out of the garage at night until it’s warm enough.

In the meantime there are other lovelies in and around the garden for me to enjoy. Everything is bursting to life!

I simply must share a few more photos I took of the lilacs recently…





Don’t they make you just want to inhale deeply?

And the lily of the valley are blooming now too…


Talk about sweet, just look at those adorable dainty little white bells.

Also my peas are coming up…


My lettuces and spinach are coming right along as well, but I don’t have a photo of them to share.  It won’t be long before I’ll be able to plant the rest of my veggies too.

Ah… another gardening season approaches.

And for that I’m feeling so thankful.  I think I’ll head out to the garden right now…


I hope you find things to feel thankful for today too!


And just because I’m so in love with this song right now…

Bright by Echosmith

Go on… click it!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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This Little Life of Mine


“This little life of mine

                              I’m gonna let it shine…”



The lilacs have buds!   Gosh, I can’t even tell you what a joy it was to see them when I went out to the garden yesterday to putter around for a bit, so wonderful to see green life again.  After the long winter, the color green definitely shines.  In my eyes, anyway.   🙂

I found a few other green little ‘lifes’ shining out in the garden too.

In the flower bed, I found tulips coming up…


Yes, I know… it looks like some major clean-up is in order, but the snow only melted just the other day. And besides, all those leaves and other debris are good for insulation – we could still get more snow before winter is completely through with us.

And my bee balm has new growth sprouting up too…


So aromatic, even as tiny as they were.  I smelled of them when I went back indoors.  It was delicious!

And in my veggie garden, I found my chives springing back to life…


It won’t be too much longer before I’ll be out there planting other things to eat, I can’t wait!


What a delight it is to find some of the green and growing things coming back to life outside here after the long winter.  It truly refreshes my soul.  Especially in the midst of some of the emotional turmoil I’ve been experiencing lately.  And it’s a good reminder for me to let this little life of mine shine as well, in spite of my circumstances.  Because just maybe, it too may somehow refresh a soul.

Hope you’re letting your life shine today too…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

Growing my own food is truly one of the most rewarding things to me, so when I saw that the subject for this week’s photo challenge was reward, I immediately thought of my vegetable garden.  Of course, it’s the dead of winter here at the moment, so I had to pull a photo from my archives, hope that isn’t cheating.  😉

A few rewards from my garden this past summer…


Such a refreshing treat on a hot summer day!  Yes quite rewarding!  😀

Of course, in the winter, the prices for ‘fresh’ veggies at the store are anything but rewarding, it’s absolutely ridiculous how expensive just one organic cucumber is!  I can’t wait until I can get back out in my garden and grow my own.

Alas, it will be a long while before it’s warm enough here to grow cucumbers or anything else.  And… growing them is one thing, harvesting them is another, so it will be an even longer while before I’ll be able to enjoy any of my own homegrown veggies.  Sigh…  But hey, that makes it all the more rewarding, right?

One thing that is starting to grow here right now is my spring fever.  Yep, that is definitely growing.  😉

I am striving for contentment though.  If those two words together don’t completely contradict each other haha!


Happy Monday, may your week be filled with much reward, with contentment, and with…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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