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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ah April!


Beckoning from blue or storm skies,
April smiles, and then April sighs...
~Louise Bates~


We've been very fortunate here in central PA. March arrived with a whiff of April and if not for the last few days, it pretended to remain that way. I suppose you could say, March came in like a lamb and tried to go out like a lion but, it didn't. The rain today is most welcome and surely confirms that it is indeed April!



As you can imagine, things have been bustling at Fishing Creek Greenhouse once again this year. For those of you who may have missed last year's post about Katie, her family and their dairy farm, follow the picture:) I do believe there is also a recipe for Sugar Cookies for a crowd from The Best of Amish Cooking too:)
March was a busy month for setting up the greenhouses, sowing and planting. I can't recall a time I ever planted so many seeds and mind you, I'm a gardener from way back! How's it looking?
Greenhouse #2 is packed with freshly sown herbs and oh so much more:)
Around my place, the signs of Spring are also popping up. I was really worried about how this newly planted Primrose was going to fair through the winter but, it looks like "she" made it!
There's lots of "animation" going on in the yard. I wouldn't even know where to begin. The new Petit Carnations Marion planted last year have nestled in quite nicely and it looks like they are getting ready to pop! Although they are hardy plants, budding is a bit early for them. I hope they hold off a while. It's still a bit chilly at night.
Since the flower garden is filling in quite nicely, I've decided to tackle a new project in the next couple of months. I'm going to attempt to add a water feature using this bath tub I bought at the Habitat for Humanity Store down the road. The plan is still on the drawing board, mostly in my mind, but my thought is mosaic it!
I probably won't grapple with it until I return from Idaho in May. Chances are the fountains won't make it in before the end of the season either but I am going to try like heck to get it done!!! We'll see...Marion has been drawing all kinds of pictures and we've got tons of glass mosaic pieces we will be using to put the puzzle together. Like I said, we'll see...
As for the "visiting" houseplants who are eagerly waiting to go outside to play, the impromptu planting of the Candy Corn at the end of the season last year seems to have taken root. As a matter of fact, to our delight, one morning Marion and I uncovered this tiny Candy Corn flower buried within the scented geranium plant on the window sill. (the geranium has since been trimmed) We were giggling like school girls when we uncovered it. Lesson learned, Candy Corn plants can over winter in the house, Yeah! I did save some seeds too which I plan on sowing at the end of April.
I'm on the fence about the Pineapple Plant I started three years ago this March. If you look real close, you can see the tiny Candy Corn flower in the back round. That'a a String of Hearts hanfing in the basket. It blooms teeny tiny violet flowers which are cute but the charm really is in the heart shaped leaves dangling. I adore it! It took me a long time to replace the one I lost many years ago:) I'll be putting the Pineapple plant outside when the weather permits but, I'm undecided as to whether I want to nudge the fruit along or not. Again, we'll see...
I should mention, that statuesque lady next to the Pineapple Plant is Heliotrope. The intense fragrance this plant shares is simply amazing. I want to grow tons of it so I tried them in the house and it seems too be thriving quite nicely. Lesson learned: cuttings from heliotrope grow:) Here's a glance of last years bouquet. (I'll try to get better pictures this year:)
Yes, April is a month of uncertainty this year. I have lots on my mind and a few blogging/computer decisions also in the works. It seems I've been on the fence about those much too long and with Blogger's new Dashboard beginning this fine day, I may just have no choice but to nudge myself along:) I've read, it may take a while to get use to though.

"Who lives without folly is not so wise as he thinks"

Happy April everyone! If you've missed any of the celebratory posts I've done for all the food goodies April brings, I'm leaving a few links below and I've also included the monthly celebrations in the side-bar. Chances are, I won't be posting the rest of this week but, we'll see...
"April 1st is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other 364 days"
~Mark Twain~

Resources
1. Sourdough Bread Day
2. Chocolate Milk Powder Day is the 4th!
3. Don't forget Twinkies have a birthday this month!
4. Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is April 12th. It's Grilled Cheese Month too!

32 comments:

  1. oh Louise all look fantastic and beauty! is amazing all yoi have there:))
    happy spring louise.I wait for autumn!xxxc

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  2. Happy April, and Happy Sunday, Louise! What a beautiful bouquet of greens and blossoms to welcome the new month! It so exciting to see all those wonderful sprouts in the greenhouse! It looks fantastic!

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    1. I may be just getting me my very own greenhouse in the near future, T.W. I just love planting seeds and surprise clippings:)

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  3. Love the primrose and cannot WAIT to see the bathtub fountain project!!

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    1. Thanks Channon. We're still in the planning stage. I'll keep you up to date:)

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  4. Ah Louise...the sight of Amish farmland brings me great childhood memories! Love it. Growing up outside Philly I had the best of so many worlds. Head north and I am in center city Philly in 10 minutes. East I am at the Jersey shore in Atlantic or Ocean city in an hour and a half. West brought us the Amish farms. Love this post.

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    1. Perhaps you should come back for a visit, Tina. I sure could use a Philly Steak Sandwich!

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  5. Whoa! That is some project you are considering. As much as I love the look of mosaics, there is just no way that I could make one. Not without going crazy anyway. I can't wait to see your finished project. Good luck!

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    1. Never say never, Pattie. With those gorgeous Tablescapes you create, I do believe you could anything! We'll see how it works out with the tub. I have so many plans now, I just may need to buy a bigger tub!, lol...

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  6. Beautiful and bountiful farm you have there. Lovely pictures.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, What's Cooking. Those Strawberry Cupcakes of yours look pretty darn good too!

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  7. I well remember April in Michigan...trips to the garden shops, trips to the basement to bring up our porch furniture and repaint it. Such great memories!
    Love your idea of a mosaic in the bathtub...keep us posted on designs!

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    1. Michigan must be lovely in April, Barbara. I've been trying to get back to Michigan for two years now, maybe this year...

      The bathtub project is getting out of hand at the moment. It's going to take a while, but, I'll keep you posted.

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  8. Louise, love the greenhouses...the pictures are awesome...I love Spring just for the reason that everything is blooming :)
    Thanks for this nice post and hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. The greenhouses are so much prettier in person, Juliana. I adore spending time there no matter what season. So glad you enjoyed it:)

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  9. It was a warm March; I hope that doesn't mean April is getting ready to dump on us!

    It rained here from Friday to this morning. We needed it. As long as it doesn't snow, it's all good.

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    1. The warmest since 1812, I believe Marjie. I think that's what they said on the news the other night. I don't know WHAT to expect from April!

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  10. Oh my, I didn't realize what a gardener you are..I mean, a real one. So many seeds. I love gardening, on a smaller scale. Fabulous post. Beautiful photos. Can't wait to see everything in the summer!

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    1. I'm not really a "real" gardener, Janet. I just like to play in the dirt!

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  11. There is so much green bounty and nature in this post - beautiful photography beckoning Spring :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. The new plants are so beautiful! Alas I am so late this year--standing up now to fill pots with seed starter.

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  13. the inside of the greenhouse looks fantastic. That primrose is beautiful and i can feel how excited you are going to be with your garden and plants. Happy spring, Louise!

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  14. there's lovely, lush green as far as the eye can see down here, and it's terrific. i love april, and not just because it's my birthday month! the mosaic is awesome--have fun!

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  15. Isn’t spring wonderful! I love seeing all my plants pushing up from the ground after a long winter’s sleep! I so enjoyed your piece on Katie and her farm! Lovely post and beautiful photos!

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  16. Louise you made my day! I so enjoyed reading as those flowers and plants your shared. Here is northern Ontario it still cold and windy; not green grass, leaves of flowers yet.
    Rita

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  17. I enjoyed this post and seeing spring in other parts of the country. I have several pineapple plants...I can't help myself from planting every top I cut off a pineapple. I have some in pots and some in the ground. The potted one fruited quicker, but I just love watching the fruit grow and bloom the little purple flowers. It is worth the wait.

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  18. You have such a green thumb Louise! Sadly, I don't. I love that you have a pineapple plant! Happy Easter!

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  19. Lots of nice plants you've got growing there, Louise. I love your last year's purple bouquet. Such a beautiful color. I've tried planting pineapple tops but they always rot!! so I'm impressed that you've got one going, and it looks like Lyndsey has had success there, too. I guess you just have to have the green thumb :)

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  20. My goodness, you just make me drool here! Don't you love spring!
    Kristy

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  21. My goodness Louise, are those your greenhouses?? You've been busy!! I can't wait to see how your new tub/water feature turns out. Yes, it's just calling out to be mosaic-ed.

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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