Saturday Garden Inspiration – July 18, 2015 – Gratitude

Sharing a little glimpse of my garden that makes me happy.

Wishing you a very peaceful day.

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Once again this year, I’ll be sharing little glimpses of our gardens. Although so much is growing all the time, there is always a little moment every week that makes me smile extra wide and this is what I want to share with you.

It’s raining quite hard today. The gardens are drinking it up and once again, I’m relieved of the chore of watering. Watering has always been my less favorite gardening tasks. That is right : I’ll take weeding and turning in manure over watering. Why? Because it is a waste.

I’m a conservationist, I believe that nature should take care of itself and the moment I plant something in the ground, it becomes nature. It seems absurd to me that I don’t have to water the yarrow and clover I pick on my land, but I have to water the tomatoes I grow. Some climates really have no choice! But we are zoned 4B in a temperate climate with about a 120 day growing season. But the weather has been so amazingly strange the last decade that some years, we feel like we are in the deep US South and some summers (like this one), it often feels like Spring never really left. But at the risk of upsetting many, this summer is my kind of summer.

Will I be eating my tomatoes in August instead of July, yes. Will my kids have to wear hoodies in the morning for our sunrise walks, absolutely… But have my gardens ever been as lush, healthy and hassle free as they have been this year? Never!

So today, I’m grateful :

  • For steady solid rainfalls that nourish the soil that feeds us.
  • For needing heavy sunscreen only every other day.
  • For being able to wear my sneakers without sweating my toes off.
  • For being able to walk for miles and never being tired.
  • For growing so much food I’m able to share with friends and family, something we’ve never been able to do.
  • For cool nights, making my babies happy in bed, under light comforters.
  • For the life I lead, filled with simple pleasures and endless blessings.

How is your garden growing?

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About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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22 Responses to Saturday Garden Inspiration – July 18, 2015 – Gratitude

  1. Marie says:

    Je suis totalement d’accord avec toi! Le” trop chaud”, je n’aime pas du tout. J’ai encore des souvenirs des périodes de canicule de mon enfance qui me rendaient tellement inconfortable. J’ai toujours détesté les températures trop élevées. Maintenant, je suis dans un endroit beaucoup plus tempéré, un peu frisquet même parfois en début et en fin de journée, mais tellement plus confortable. Et c’est aussi vrai que l’arrosage du potager, c’est beaucoup de travail. As-tu déjà pensé installer un système d’arrosage automatique? Il y a des pours et des contres, c’est certain, mais ça libère quand même beaucoup de temps. Je n’ai rien installé de façon “définitive”, mais je me demande si ce ne serait pas une bonne idée sur le long terme. En tout cas, ton jardin est magnifique! J’aimerais avoir le même. Ici ça pousse plutôt bien, mais je n’ai pas bien calculé et nous sommes sans arugula et sans cilantro. Tout a fleuri et mes nouveaux plants ne sont pas encore prêts. J’ai aussi découvert qu’on pouvait planter de la “wild arugula”, du moins dans mon coin de pays, qui revient à chaque année. Je vais tenter l’expérience!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Oui, moi aussi j’ai ces sourvenirs. 🙂 Tellemnt de nuits chaudes et accablantes. Mais je me rappelle toujours que sans ces nuits chaudes, les belles choses de l’été ne seraient pas possibles aussi.

      Merci pour les gentils mots. Je n’ai photographié ici qu’un seul de mes jardins, ils sont tous aussi fournis. Nous avons travaillé fort sur le conditionnement de nos lits cette années pour rendre le sol plus poreux afin de permettre aux racines de d’aller plus creux. Pour l’instant, nous avons pas de plans de système d’arrosage. Nous verrons bien avec le temps. Mais tant qu’il pleut de façon abondante 1 jour sur 5, nous sembleons pouvoir nous en tirer. “on se croise les doigts!*

      Nous avons essayer de la verdurette d’hiver ici aussi cette année (il y avait un mélange de fines laitues y compris de la roquette sauvage) mai je préfère la roquette plus délicate.

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  2. Carie says:

    Your ‘spring never left’ summer sounds like a good old British Summer – it’s raining gently and steadily out of the window and I can only hope that the strawberries are drinking it in. I know what you mean about it feeling strange to water veggies but not other parts of the garden and I do like it when nature waters for me 😀

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    • Yanic A. says:

      LOL! It’s funny you should say that, with the gentle fog and the mist this morning, my backyard looks like a small English moor. 🙂 I feel like we are at Mistlethwaite Manor in the Secret Garden. Might have to re-read that book (for the 100th time at least) 🙂

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  3. KerryCan says:

    My kind of summer, too! Cool, breezy, no need to water container plants–woohoo!

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  4. jenny says:

    this is lovely. i love your grateful thoughts. i would have probably complained about a rainy summer. thank you for changing my perspective. here in oregon, we are dry… drought dry. our winter was strangely mild, and here it is mid july and the fields look like late august. it’s a bit scary when we watch what has happened to california.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Yes, I’m constantly thinking of everyone out west. My goodness, all those forest fires and crumbling soils. The world is in desperate need of equilibrium and I think it is having a hard time finding its center.

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  5. Tracey Tims says:

    We just had a terrible thunderstorm and now have standing water everywhere!
    Oh, these summers in the deep south are something, yesterday it was 114 F with the heat index and I for one am ready for some cooler weather.
    Your garden is very pretty, mine is done until fall.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      We are actually on the verge of planting for fall now. We are really hoping to extend our season this year.
      Yes, 3 years ago, we got the most horrid summer I think I had ever lived through. Or maybe it just didn’t seem so bad since I was younger but we actually broke and bought a used AC unit to put in the living room window and slept camping style with our daughter in there for weeks. It was unbearable. We barely went outside. That year, we grew so little… everything died. Even with watering, we couldn’t get a hang of it. There were water conservation notices everywhere, we could only water every other day for 1 hour in the evening. To date, the summer of 2012 was the 3rd hottest ever recorded here. I’m fine with not repeating that for a while! Good luck with the heat on your end. Wishing you an early fall.

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  6. alexa says:

    I never thought of the weather like that. Very good perspective to enjoin! I shall remember that next time we gripe about the lack of “real” summer heat. 🙂

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    • Yanic A. says:

      I read somewhere a while ago (I can’t remember the course) that “there is never bad weather, just poor clothing choices”! LOL! We have embodied that this year. Rain or shine, we are outside. It gets messy, but it’s so much fun.

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  7. Appleshoe says:

    Add me to the list of cool weather lovers. If you want though, you are welcome to come over and weed and I will in return water your gardens 😉 for us, watering consists of turning on a hose and letting the sprinklers do the rest. Your foot path is darling. Be well and enjoy these cool days. You can always put another layer on, but there is a limit to how much we can take off 🙂

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Yep! When you are hot and naked, you burn. LOL! Yeah, we don’t have sprinkler systems. Also, we have been trying to spot water instead of just watering everywhere because we had been having issues with leaf rot on some of our plants last year. Watering under the plant concentrates the water, doesn’t encourage weeds as much and keeps the leaves dry. It’s why it takes so long… Oh! And lugging around the 400 ft hose. LOL! I would be haappy to go weed for you my dear. Just wish it wasn’t so long of a commute.

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  8. mari says:

    Your garden is bursting Yanic! just perfect :0) mari

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  9. kathrynpagano says:

    Oh not watering would be bliss! That happened this spring for us with a rain storm once a week. The weather really is odd right now isn’t it? Even here in the desert it’s been cooler and wetter than usual.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      It really has been. I feel bad for all those poor people that are suffering from the extreme heat and droughts. I’m glad you are getting a small break from it this year. I remember camping at night in the desert in Arizona… such pleasant perfect weather.

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  10. sally says:

    Although I love Summer, I’d always much rather have it not overly hot too, and rain is OK too. But I do like to be able to hang out the washing so a happy balance with that rain is good! We’re very lucky where we live that we do generally have that balance.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      We used to be a place with a wonderful balance, but the last years have been so extreme one way or the other. But I can’t complain… we are always blessed with abundance. And whatever doesn’t grow, we have the farmer’s market for. 🙂

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  11. momto3sugars says:

    I don’t like watering either! My water bill was so high this month… I’ve tried several ways to water and keep it going into the earth, but a lot seems to evaporate! I love it when it rains, like today! I rejoice because I know my plants are happy!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      YES! And my garden feeds me so when it is happy, I’m happy. We’ve had a lot of rain this year and every time it does, my husband and I watch it fall and count, by the number of inches we get, the number of days we are exempt of watering. Still to date, I haven’t had to water more than my tomatoes. Wishing you more happy rainy moments!

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