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May

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them"
~Henri Matisse

The gardens are thick and dewy with the scent of lilacs and honeysuckles. Birds are singing so loudly in the morning that they wake me up from sleep to go outside and watch the sunrise. Spring mornings are the best for waking up early and being outside. There are so many flowers blooming, I can hardly stand it! May is really one of the most joyful months out of the year.

Monthly Jobs and Updates:

My friend Bob, whom I wrote about before, is finally home and settling in. He still has a little way to go but all in all is just happy to be home!

For the shop I have started making little miniature flower stitcheries in vases. They will be available around the 3rd week of May. It is hard to sew right now with so much outdoor cleanup, but I am trying!

In the garden, the little flower and vegetable seedlings are doing well. I did not plant as many tomatoes this year. Remember the 70 plus from 2 years ago? Oh boy, never again! Also, adding another raised bed for greens and herbs. This one will be closer to the kitchen. I still have not started the cut flower garden, but lots of baby zinnias, snapdragons, sweet peas and sunflowers are ready to plant when I get there. Praying for Mother Nature cooperate! Mulch was picked up and is sitting in a large pile, waiting for the spring blossoms to drop. All of the boxwood hedges have been trimmed and lots of snowdrop bulbs have been separated and replanted.

This month on the blog and Instagram, I have a little DIY on my kitchen revamp, and a simple recipe for scones using up ripened bananas. And always gardens... updating the courtyard and sharing spring flowers!

On the weekends we try and visit the Little Blue Cabin. This year we are working on the kitchen and have added a propane stove instead of the electric one we had, which I burned everything on. We hope to finish the wiring there and put up the last wall. ...definite baby steps

During the in-between times when it's raining or cold, I have been deep cleaning the bedrooms and moving things around. My little sewing studio shed is getting Lydia's futon so that it may become a small bunkie for her when family is visiting. It will still be my studio and was just sewing those spring blossom stitcheries in there this morning while listening to Monty Don's book "Down to Earth". If you don't know, Monty, he is a British horticulturist, writer, and lead presenter of the BBC gardening television series "Gardeners World" It's lovely listening to him talk about the month-to-month happenings in his garden which are inspired by nature, the seasons, and garden design. Look him up! His gardens are lovely!

How I love this time of year! It's May again...and the joyful month to do all the things!
xo Jenn

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