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Hanging Baskets

June 22nd, 2015

I love hanging baskets, but I really dislike spending money on them each year. While we were at Longwood Gardens last week I spotted these beauties.
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spider plant hanging baskets 1
spider plant hanging baskets 2
Spider plants make beautiful hanging baskets and could easily be overwintered in the basement or other parts of the house. Spider plants are extremely beneficial for cleaning indoor air so they would be great to have indoors during the winter months. I might have to try growing a hanging basket like this.

Do you have hanging baskets in your garden? What’s your favorite plant to use?

Quote of the Day: Sen Soshitsu

June 21st, 2015

“If you fiddle this way and that with the flowers and consequently they wither, that will be no benefit. It is the same with a person’s life.”

Sen Soshitsu XV The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty

wild rose 1
Stop and smell the roses and read The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today’s Generation, you’ll be glad you did!

Friday Favorite: Maine

June 19th, 2015

My parents are in for a few days seeing a few sights and enjoying the beauty of this lovely state. I could tell you in words, but photos are so much better.

What have you been enjoying this week?

Eating, Reading, and Relaxing

June 17th, 2015

It’s been a nice few days spent in the Brandywine Valley area visiting gardens, eating delicious food, and learning a lot of history. On Tuesday, we visited Hagley Museum, yesterday we went to Terrain in the morning, had brunch there and then were off to Winterthur.
Sinks terrain
The food was delicious, we only ate out twice since we rented a little house. Most of the time we cooked in our house, big salads topped with bacon, avocados, and tomatoes for breakfast. We packed out lunches while out and about, and made quick dinners at home. You can save a lot of money cooking your own meals while traveling, renting a house instead of a hotel is comfortable and makes this possible.
Of course there was time to read while on vacation, I finished two books. The first was The Rhyme of the Magpie: A Birds of a Feather Mystery, a cozy mystery. A quick, and enjoyable read, just the kind of book that you want when traveling through airports. The second was The Perfect Son, which I thoroughly enjoyed!
In the summer I don’t read too much, I spend most of my extra time in the garden. It’s so nice to have time to be inspired by visiting beautiful gardens and have time to relax and read. It’s especially nice when it comes in the middle of a very busy season.

What are you favorite vacation activities?

Visiting Chanticleer

June 15th, 2015

Yesterday we visited Chanticleer garden, it was very nice. Not as grand as Longwood, but very nice, and still quite amazing. Here are a few photos from my phone, I don’t have enough storage on my laptop to download all the real images.
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We spent a few hours walking around the gardens and then grabbed our packed lunches from the car and sat in the cool shade of a giant oak tree for over an hour, relaxing and enjoying the garden just for what it was meant to be. If you’re ever in the Philly area, I highly recommend visiting. More photos to come after I get back to Maine and can look through the ones on my camera.

Do you have a place to sit the cool shade in your garden?


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.