Gardening has been taking the time I normally use for blogging. With practically a blank slate to design, my creative nature has loved the slow, but steady process of landscaping my plot of earth. As I write, I’m on my patio under a small umbrella listening to the songbirds and watching a cardinal poke its way through my dandelion dotted yard. I can’t help but appreciate the joy of spring. My butterfly/pollinator garden is growing across from my organic herb garden, and the apple trees are beginning to blossom, promising blooms as the backdrop. In the past our grass was always manicured and completely free of anything wild or colorful, thanks to professional management. This year, throughout the yard in our new home we welcomed clusters of white pansy, Glory of the Snow, dandelion, and this purple tufted flower that I haven’t been able to identify yet. It was magnificent and more beautiful, in my opinion, than grass alone. The woman who owned my house prior to us buying it was a Master Gardener. I imagine her love of nature and all things wild cultivated a very natural hand for tending to her yard (her years may have recently contributed as well). With much appreciation, I enjoyed watching my daughter gather posies of these early spring flowers, with which I filled small mason jars bringing a bit of cheer throughout the house.
A Public Service Announcement
Spring also brings warmer weather, so I have a bit of a public service announcement to share. With simple. pure. love. products being free of additives you must keep them out of the heat – sun, hot cars, and beautiful days at the beach included. When the butters, Miracle Cream or any of the balms or salves are heated they will turn to liquid form. They can be cooled in the refrigerator and brought back to solid, but it’s best to keep them in a cool area as much as possible. Heated and liquid form will not alter your product. Oxidization doesn’t occur until some oils reach above 200 degrees Fahrenheit, most well above 350 F, which isn’t going to happen, not even in your car baking in the parking lot. But you will have liquid and a potential mess, depending on how you stored your products, so please be careful and prepared. I normally do not bring my purse with me when I go into stores, just essential items like a credit card or cash (probably shouldn’t make that a public statement), but during the summer, with products always in tow for personal use, I bring my
purse everywhere – even on the playground after school. So please keep your products cool in order to keep them from destroying your purse or car. If you have any questions, just ask.
Many happy spring days to you all! Garden on, my friends! (If you so choose.)
Much love and happiness,
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Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries – happily growing!