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31 August 2011

Touch a Lamb's ear and you'll never be the same...

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If you have never touched a lambsear, you are missing out on one of life's simple pleasures.  
The leaves are covered in tiny little hairs, and apparently true lambs ears are quite rough, but the plant is lovely.
Super soft, calming little leaves that are in the shape of little baby sheep ears.

lovely, lovely, lovely

You know what the best part is?
They grow like weeds.  

Write literally, they are actually considered weeds sometimes.  I happily welcome these weeds to my garden, though.  In fact, when I find them growing "wild" in my yard, I dig them up and give them a new home in my formal beds.  They have a silver tint to them and grow low to the ground in mats, so they are a perfect border plant to set off your big bloomers.(as in your roses, not your laundry on the line...)

Go buy one plant...they are cheap now!  You can divide it over and over again...
OR you could just buy a bunch up front, but that would be silly now, wouldn't it?


Touch a Lamb's ear and you'll never be the same...

Pin It


If you have never touched a lambsear, you are missing out on one of life's simple pleasures.  
The leaves are covered in tiny little hairs, and apparently true lambs ears are quite rough, but the plant is lovely.
Super soft, calming little leaves that are in the shape of little baby sheep ears.

lovely, lovely, lovely

You know what the best part is?
They grow like weeds.  

Write literally, they are actually considered weeds sometimes.  I happily welcome these weeds to my garden, though.  In fact, when I find them growing "wild" in my yard, I dig them up and give them a new home in my formal beds.  They have a silver tint to them and grow low to the ground in mats, so they are a perfect border plant to set off your big bloomers.(as in your roses, not your laundry on the line...)

Go buy one plant...they are cheap now!  You can divide it over and over again...
OR you could just buy a bunch up front, but that would be silly now, wouldn't it?


30 August 2011

David Austin's Evelyn, Hydrangea and a little Beautyberry

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Are you sick of hearing about David Austin Roses yet?  Might I remind you, they are NOT a sponsor of A nest for All Seasons, but I seriously adore them.  My rosebushes that I planted bareroot have produced about 5-7 blooms each during their first season.  (The climbing rose hasn't produced any yet, but it is putting forth a lot of energy climbing!).  The roses are still small, but they are beautifully cupped and small divine.  It is totally worth the $25+ pricetag each.


I mean seriously...look at the inside of that rose!  
It is beautiful...like a little french petticoat all ruffled and swirled.


I paired this rose very simply with a few sprigs of hydrangea, a smaller rose and budded rose and a teensy bit of beautyberry.

What is beautyberry?

Well, I will be delighted to show you a more in depth look at beautyberry in a few days.  It is a beautiful hardy little bush that produces purple berries in the fall - unique, yes?  Even better, the berries are a bright, almost lime green when they first appear and slowly turn purple, so you have two options.  For this arrangement, I decided to just use the green and let the rosebush take center stage.  However, when I went to pull the purple berries off, they all fell into the water and I loved the way they look bobbing around the rim of the little vintage glass cruet.

See them?


If only you could SMELL through the computer...you would be DYING....

David Austin's Evelyn, Hydrangea and a little Beautyberry

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Are you sick of hearing about David Austin Roses yet?  Might I remind you, they are NOT a sponsor of A nest for All Seasons, but I seriously adore them.  My rosebushes that I planted bareroot have produced about 5-7 blooms each during their first season.  (The climbing rose hasn't produced any yet, but it is putting forth a lot of energy climbing!).  The roses are still small, but they are beautifully cupped and small divine.  It is totally worth the $25+ pricetag each.


I mean seriously...look at the inside of that rose!  
It is beautiful...like a little french petticoat all ruffled and swirled.


I paired this rose very simply with a few sprigs of hydrangea, a smaller rose and budded rose and a teensy bit of beautyberry.

What is beautyberry?

Well, I will be delighted to show you a more in depth look at beautyberry in a few days.  It is a beautiful hardy little bush that produces purple berries in the fall - unique, yes?  Even better, the berries are a bright, almost lime green when they first appear and slowly turn purple, so you have two options.  For this arrangement, I decided to just use the green and let the rosebush take center stage.  However, when I went to pull the purple berries off, they all fell into the water and I loved the way they look bobbing around the rim of the little vintage glass cruet.

See them?


If only you could SMELL through the computer...you would be DYING....

29 August 2011

Grass and Mad Men

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Sometimes there are no roses, or peonies, or even cute sunflowers. Sometimes there aren't big, blousy, beautiful flowers for giant bouquets. Sometimes your garden seems empty. It never is though...a clear head and a little imagination and even grass can be your next subject...


Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
Albert Camus

...and because I am in a quotey mood and because more than any other TV show, the one that leaves kernels of scenes replaying through my head months later, the one that creates beautiful pictures in each frame that ooze creativity and style, the one that speaks to this new era of SAHM's more than any modern period piece,  the TV show that is stuck in my head like no other is Mad Men......because Mad Men is one of the few pieces of work that is so inspiring to me that I don't want to create anything.  I simply want to watch it.




Credit:  Rolling Stone
If you ever have the good fortune to create a great advertising campaign, you will soon see another agency steal it. This is irritating, but don't let it worry you; nobody has ever built a brand by imitating somebody else's advertising.
David Ogilvy

Much of the messy advertising you see on television today is the product of committees. Committees can criticize advertisements, but they should never be allowed to create them.
David Ogilvy

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.
David Ogilvy 

...and for those of you than cannot get enough Mad Men, check out these 7 BEST MUSICAL MOMENTS of MAD MEN via Rolling Stone.




Grass and Mad Men

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Sometimes there are no roses, or peonies, or even cute sunflowers. Sometimes there aren't big, blousy, beautiful flowers for giant bouquets. Sometimes your garden seems empty. It never is though...a clear head and a little imagination and even grass can be your next subject...


Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
Albert Camus

...and because I am in a quotey mood and because more than any other TV show, the one that leaves kernels of scenes replaying through my head months later, the one that creates beautiful pictures in each frame that ooze creativity and style, the one that speaks to this new era of SAHM's more than any modern period piece,  the TV show that is stuck in my head like no other is Mad Men......because Mad Men is one of the few pieces of work that is so inspiring to me that I don't want to create anything.  I simply want to watch it.

Credit:  Rolling Stone
If you ever have the good fortune to create a great advertising campaign, you will soon see another agency steal it. This is irritating, but don't let it worry you; nobody has ever built a brand by imitating somebody else's advertising.
David Ogilvy

Much of the messy advertising you see on television today is the product of committees. Committees can criticize advertisements, but they should never be allowed to create them.
David Ogilvy

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.
David Ogilvy 

...and for those of you than cannot get enough Mad Men, check out these 7 BEST MUSICAL MOMENTS of MAD MEN via Rolling Stone.




27 August 2011

Sunday Citar | Why a cut can create.

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Sunday Citar | Why a cut can create.

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Making Homemade Applesauce and a CELEBRATION!

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We have a few ancient apple trees in our backyard.  The apples have a slightly sweet taste, with a bit of a tart bite to them.  The problem is that we have not figured out how to care for the trees well enough to keep the apples from being damaged by bugs and birds.  The result is a bunch of apples that don't look very good, but have wonderful taste.


What to do?

Make applesauce!


See how beat up these apples are?  They are absolutely perfect for making applesauce.  In fact, if you are buying apples to make your own homemade applesauce, you will want to ask the farm or orchard for the "seconds".  Those are the apples that have fallen off the trees, apples that fell off the apple cart, or simply apples that aren't perfectly round and unblemished.  They cost less, but make applesauce that tastes just as good!  If you are purchasing apples, try to purchase apples that have a sweeter taste such as Gala, Fugi or even Red Delicious.  You will want to stay away from super tart apples like Granny Smiths.


So to read more and see how I turned those ugly nasty "seconds" apples into some sweet strained cider and applesauce,
head on over to CELEBRATIONS.COM where they are featuring my recipe today!


Now run out and get some "seconds"!
There is no better way to celebrate the cool air of the coming fall!

I can't seem to get the link working??   ...so here is the direct link if you are interested in the rest of the article:  http://www.celebrations.com/blog/?p=4415&cpage=1#comment-3925

Thanks Laura!

Making Homemade Applesauce and a CELEBRATION!

Pin It

We have a few ancient apple trees in our backyard.  The apples have a slightly sweet taste, with a bit of a tart bite to them.  The problem is that we have not figured out how to care for the trees well enough to keep the apples from being damaged by bugs and birds.  The result is a bunch of apples that don't look very good, but have wonderful taste.


What to do?

Make applesauce!


See how beat up these apples are?  They are absolutely perfect for making applesauce.  In fact, if you are buying apples to make your own homemade applesauce, you will want to ask the farm or orchard for the "seconds".  Those are the apples that have fallen off the trees, apples that fell off the apple cart, or simply apples that aren't perfectly round and unblemished.  They cost less, but make applesauce that tastes just as good!  If you are purchasing apples, try to purchase apples that have a sweeter taste such as Gala, Fugi or even Red Delicious.  You will want to stay away from super tart apples like Granny Smiths.


So to read more and see how I turned those ugly nasty "seconds" apples into some sweet strained cider and applesauce,
head on over to CELEBRATIONS.COM where they are featuring my recipe today!


Now run out and get some "seconds"!
There is no better way to celebrate the cool air of the coming fall!

I can't seem to get the link working??   ...so here is the direct link if you are interested in the rest of the article:  http://www.celebrations.com/blog/?p=4415&cpage=1#comment-3925

Thanks Laura!

26 August 2011

Vacation Roundup

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We've been on several little vacations this summer. 
All driving, NO FLYING with the kiddos -  ever again.  

Seriously.  

We spent a few days on the Jersey Shore with the in laws and drove up the eastern coast on our way.  My favorite off the map spot?  
Definitely IKEA.  The IKEA stop where hubby surprised me by stopping even though it was a bit out of the way and said;

"We just can't buy anything really big, you know?"  

...and I say "Yeah, of course not...it's not like I'm going to pick up a bunch of huge rugs or anything!"

"Right?"

"Wrong."

I come home with 2 rugs....but they-were-in-the-as-is-section-and-they-were-super-cheap-and-not-that-big rugs :)  Pretty in the space, right?



...but anyway...sorry about that, IKEA is not quite a summer destination (unless you are me!!).  

I meant that my favorite off the map spot has to be...the Yankee Candle Factory.  ummm...sorry...I just truly enjoyed the shopping.  

How about this - favorite off the map location for the kids?

Chincatique Island.  

Well, kind of.   We actually didn't go to see thee wild horses (it was that week of 112 degree temps and the boat tours were 2 hours long...gross!), but we did go into the national park to walk on the beach and had dinner at the top of a short walking trail to an old lighthouse.  As we were leaving, we noticed the booth had closed, so we should have come later and skipped the fee.  If you show up around 8:00 PM, you'll be golden with plenty of time to see the sunset on the beach and hike to the lighthouse.

If you are far braver than us and are planning a full fledged family vaca for next summer, check out these great ideas for family trips from Megan!


Top 5 Summer Vacation Spots
Megan Gates is an active blogger and handles communications on behalf of Elliman.com.  She provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to New York City Real Estate, Long Island Real Estate, and the latest in architecture, design and fashion.  Follow her on Twitter @ MEGatesDesign.

When it comes to summertime, there is no need to limit yourself or your family on the amount of fun and adventure that you can squeeze into the season. Visit these top 5 hot spots for family and friends to vacation to in the summer to get your fill of culture, nature and thrills.

Top City: If you want to get a taste of the ultra-metropolitan scene, there is no other city to visit quite like New York City. A melting pot of culture and entertainment, you would have to work hard to be bored in the city that never sleeps. The choices of for food, entertainment and culture are practically endless with the famous Times Square, Broadway and Museum of Modern Art to name very few. Get your closest friends and family together, rent a place in the city for the weekend and live like a local to take in all the sights and actions of the Big Apple.  (Amy's Tip:  Don't miss GROTTA AZZURRA - $20 (for 2!) for some fabulous Italian food just off the subway stop in Little Italy!!)

Top Theme Park: In Sandusky, Ohio, thrill seekers will find their true home at the Cedar Point amusement park. Over 300 acres are filled with 75 rides, 17 roller coasters and a water park. Some of the most notable coasters call Cedar Point their home; Mean Streak is an enormous wooden coaster that boasts a length of 5,400 feet and 65 mph of adventure. Even if you have someone in your family or group of friends who prefers to keep the ground under their feet, there are several award-winning shows there to watch for some good laughs.  (Amy's Tip:  While you're in Ohio, make it a double feature and head down south to King's Island - don't miss the BEAST!)

Top Museums: In the nation's capital of Washington D.C. is the National Mall, which contains many beautiful landmarks, museums and memorials. There are 13 museums in the National Mall that make up the Smithsonian Museums, all of which are free to visit. With no charge to visit, feel free to make multiple trips to this beautiful, culture rich area to expand your mind without breaking the bank. (Amy's Tip:  You definitely want to take your kiddos to the Air and Space Museum and for the adults, take the metro to King St. in Alexandria for great food on the waterfront.  If you want something a little more exotic, check out the Indian buffet at White Tiger downtown on Sundays.)




Air and Space Museum - Washington, DC
Top Water Park: If you're looking for an entertaining way to stay cool this summer, then visit the largest water park in America, Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells, WI. With 49 water rides, 4 children's water play areas, 2 wave pools and 2 rivers, Noah's Ark has more than plenty to offer any aquatic adventurer. With more than 30 years of experience, you can also be sure that Noah's Ark offers only the safest and cleanest rides.  (Amy's Tip:  Get your tube before heading to the top of the line...am I the only one who has ever ended up at the top without a tube and had to walk all the way back down to grab one?  UGH!)

Top National Park: (If you are out west and happen to travel through South Dakota, you do NOT want to miss WALL DRUG on your way.  It is a fabulous stop on the way to your destination with tons of stuff to entertain the kids for free, along with free ice water and coffee - yum!  The map of activities is below!)


So where have you been traveling this summer?
Any great finds?  Places to avoid?!  Please share!


Vacation Roundup

Pin It

We've been on several little vacations this summer. 
All driving, NO FLYING with the kiddos -  ever again.  

Seriously.  

We spent a few days on the Jersey Shore with the in laws and drove up the eastern coast on our way.  My favorite off the map spot?  
Definitely IKEA.  The IKEA stop where hubby surprised me by stopping even though it was a bit out of the way and said;

"We just can't buy anything really big, you know?"  

...and I say "Yeah, of course not...it's not like I'm going to pick up a bunch of huge rugs or anything!"

"Right?"

"Wrong."

I come home with 2 rugs....but they-were-in-the-as-is-section-and-they-were-super-cheap-and-not-that-big rugs :)  Pretty in the space, right?



...but anyway...sorry about that, IKEA is not quite a summer destination (unless you are me!!).  

I meant that my favorite off the map spot has to be...the Yankee Candle Factory.  ummm...sorry...I just truly enjoyed the shopping.  

How about this - favorite off the map location for the kids?

Chincatique Island.  

Well, kind of.   We actually didn't go to see thee wild horses (it was that week of 112 degree temps and the boat tours were 2 hours long...gross!), but we did go into the national park to walk on the beach and had dinner at the top of a short walking trail to an old lighthouse.  As we were leaving, we noticed the booth had closed, so we should have come later and skipped the fee.  If you show up around 8:00 PM, you'll be golden with plenty of time to see the sunset on the beach and hike to the lighthouse.

If you are far braver than us and are planning a full fledged family vaca for next summer, check out these great ideas for family trips from Megan!


Top 5 Summer Vacation Spots
Megan Gates is an active blogger and handles communications on behalf of Elliman.com.  She provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to New York City Real Estate, Long Island Real Estate, and the latest in architecture, design and fashion.  Follow her on Twitter @ MEGatesDesign.

When it comes to summertime, there is no need to limit yourself or your family on the amount of fun and adventure that you can squeeze into the season. Visit these top 5 hot spots for family and friends to vacation to in the summer to get your fill of culture, nature and thrills.

Top City: If you want to get a taste of the ultra-metropolitan scene, there is no other city to visit quite like New York City. A melting pot of culture and entertainment, you would have to work hard to be bored in the city that never sleeps. The choices of for food, entertainment and culture are practically endless with the famous Times Square, Broadway and Museum of Modern Art to name very few. Get your closest friends and family together, rent a place in the city for the weekend and live like a local to take in all the sights and actions of the Big Apple.  (Amy's Tip:  Don't miss GROTTA AZZURRA - $20 (for 2!) for some fabulous Italian food just off the subway stop in Little Italy!!)

Top Theme Park: In Sandusky, Ohio, thrill seekers will find their true home at the Cedar Point amusement park. Over 300 acres are filled with 75 rides, 17 roller coasters and a water park. Some of the most notable coasters call Cedar Point their home; Mean Streak is an enormous wooden coaster that boasts a length of 5,400 feet and 65 mph of adventure. Even if you have someone in your family or group of friends who prefers to keep the ground under their feet, there are several award-winning shows there to watch for some good laughs.  (Amy's Tip:  While you're in Ohio, make it a double feature and head down south to King's Island - don't miss the BEAST!)

Top Museums: In the nation's capital of Washington D.C. is the National Mall, which contains many beautiful landmarks, museums and memorials. There are 13 museums in the National Mall that make up the Smithsonian Museums, all of which are free to visit. With no charge to visit, feel free to make multiple trips to this beautiful, culture rich area to expand your mind without breaking the bank. (Amy's Tip:  You definitely want to take your kiddos to the Air and Space Museum and for the adults, take the metro to King St. in Alexandria for great food on the waterfront.  If you want something a little more exotic, check out the Indian buffet at White Tiger downtown on Sundays.)

Air and Space Museum - Washington, DC
Top Water Park: If you're looking for an entertaining way to stay cool this summer, then visit the largest water park in America, Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells, WI. With 49 water rides, 4 children's water play areas, 2 wave pools and 2 rivers, Noah's Ark has more than plenty to offer any aquatic adventurer. With more than 30 years of experience, you can also be sure that Noah's Ark offers only the safest and cleanest rides.  (Amy's Tip:  Get your tube before heading to the top of the line...am I the only one who has ever ended up at the top without a tube and had to walk all the way back down to grab one?  UGH!)

Top National Park: (If you are out west and happen to travel through South Dakota, you do NOT want to miss WALL DRUG on your way.  It is a fabulous stop on the way to your destination with tons of stuff to entertain the kids for free, along with free ice water and coffee - yum!  The map of activities is below!)


So where have you been traveling this summer?
Any great finds?  Places to avoid?!  Please share!


24 August 2011

Do chickens lay eggs every 29 hours?

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So the chickies are starting to pay their way in eggs...and I cannot tell you how excited I was to see the first one.  Actually, I can because I took a video and posted it on facebook (yes, we are THAT weird) of the first two hens laying eggs.  It was quite thrilling let me tell you!


A couple things that amazed me about the eggs...

1. It is incredible to actually watch a hen lay an egg.  I don't know what I was expecting...maybe a sweet pastoral scene where the hen rests peacefully on a bed of hay and then walks away leaving a pile of pristine white eggs behind to frolic in the meadow??   In all actuality, the process looks like it is a bit difficult (and reasonably so...) and the little hen actually scwacks her head off for a few minutes before the egg plops out onto the hay.  Our chickens are still "teenagers" so perhaps this will change somewhat as they get older?  I dunno...but I was fascinated!

2.  Speaking of teenagers...the chicken eggs are still rather small.  I had read that the first eggs would be small and might not be shaped perfectly, but I was surprised at the size the first eggs were.  I guess I was expecting little quail eggs or something, but the first arrivals were just slightly smaller than the "medium" size you find in the store.

3.  I was also surprised to be giving away one of our first batches of eggs to the sweet neighbor who helped me capture our chickens that had found his bird feeder...don't ask...ok go ahead and ask.  How did your chickens end up being chased around the yard by an adventuresome puppy, flying into fences and trying to run out into the road?   Well, simple...the chickens decided that their layer feed, corn scratch, our pasta and meat scraps as well as the 2 acres of bugs, weeds and seeds available to them were not good enough.  In fact, the birdseed under OUR bird feeder was not good enough for them either.  Those silly birds saw a bunch of birdseed under our neighbor's tree, trotted their little behinds across the road and started chowing down on the dropped seed.  Of course our neighbor's dog saw an opportunity to have a little fun, and without mortal intent started chasing the dears around the backyard.  Chicken feathers were flying and there was sweet neighbor (the single, middle aged pharmacist) and me (the just out of the shower, wet hair flying and barefoot) trying to herd chickens again.  Let me remind you...CHICKENS CANNOT BE HERDED.  Disaster.  he laughed when I gave them eggs though, so I guess neighbor relations are restored :)

4.  Lastly, I expected the eggs to be brown and white according to the respective chicken breeds, but what I didn't realize is that there is variation even among the breeds.  For example, Bess is a lighter Rhode Island Red with streaks of pretty tan and ivory on her back.  Her eggs?  Speckled brown and white.  On the other hand, Mac...our first layer lays fully brown eggs. See?


5.  Oh and one more....comb size relates to when the chickens will lay for the first time.  I was watching the hens pretty closely because I want to make sure they learn to lay in their boxes (and not under trees...rotten eggs are NOT in our future...).  I was trying to figure out whose eggs belonged to whom when I took note of the combs.  Mac's comb and waddle turned quite red and grew larger overnight (literally).  After a few days of that, she laid her first egg.  The rest of the chickens followed suit and after asking my Aunt Jill (the queen of farm animals and animal lover extraordinaire), she let me know that even later in their life, the hens with the larger comb and waddle lay more consistently.  Interesting, right? 

One of the latter mysteries we are trying to figure out is whether the hens lay every 29 hours exactly or if the schedule is slightly different based on the night?  They definitely don't lay at night...anybody know for sure?

Anyway, thanks to the chickies for the delicious eggs...I will have to forgive you for going across the street to greener pastures.  However, you are now free ranging only within the chain link fence around the pool.  Your freedom is cut short teenage girls until you get your act together!!!  Lower those hemlines girls!!!


23 August 2011

Waiting on your dreams...

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Sometimes waiting on THE DREAM is like waiting for asparagus...

You put the roots in the ground and nothing happens. Nothing at all.

Then one day, when you aren't looking, everything happens all at once and you are taken by surprise.

You can run your fingers through the frilly leaves of asparagus, you can even push it a bit to make it grow straighter.

...but be careful...push too hard and that first year of growth is gone. Asparagus is fragile and needs at least 3 years to grow strong enough to harvest. If you push that foliage too hard in that first or even second year, you will compromise the roots and your plant, YOUR DREAM, just might perish because you pushed too hard.


After awhile, the foliage will become commonplace and you'll get a bit impatient for actual asparagus.

Of course, impatience always breeds frustration, so you are better off just enjoying the rest of the garden while you wait.

One day she'll surprise you.
A tiny, but fierce stalk will shoot up straight from the ground.  You'll want to pick it.

Don't.
Don't pick that first stalk or you will rob the plant of the top growth it needs to really get off of its feet and survive.

Give YOUR SUCCESS time to grow before you start taking advantage of it.  That day will come and it will come in spades.


In the meantime, just run your fingers through the waves of asparagus and know that your time will come.
There will be a day when you will have a giant harvest  of asparagus spears, simply because you waited and gave them room to grow.

In fact, rumor is that the perennial asparagus keep coming back even longer than the anticipated 20 YEARS that they are supposed to.   

Can you handle 50 years of asparagus harvesting? 
Might you get sick of the taste? 
Probably not, but it is worth considering when you first plant those roots...or begin to chase your dream...


What are you waiting on today?
What are you chasing?



Waiting on your dreams...

Pin It

Sometimes waiting on THE DREAM is like waiting for asparagus...

You put the roots in the ground and nothing happens. Nothing at all.

Then one day, when you aren't looking, everything happens all at once and you are taken by surprise.

You can run your fingers through the frilly leaves of asparagus, you can even push it a bit to make it grow straighter.

...but be careful...push too hard and that first year of growth is gone. Asparagus is fragile and needs at least 3 years to grow strong enough to harvest. If you push that foliage too hard in that first or even second year, you will compromise the roots and your plant, YOUR DREAM, just might perish because you pushed too hard.


After awhile, the foliage will become commonplace and you'll get a bit impatient for actual asparagus.

Of course, impatience always breeds frustration, so you are better off just enjoying the rest of the garden while you wait.

One day she'll surprise you.
A tiny, but fierce stalk will shoot up straight from the ground.  You'll want to pick it.

Don't.
Don't pick that first stalk or you will rob the plant of the top growth it needs to really get off of its feet and survive.

Give YOUR SUCCESS time to grow before you start taking advantage of it.  That day will come and it will come in spades.


In the meantime, just run your fingers through the waves of asparagus and know that your time will come.
There will be a day when you will have a giant harvest  of asparagus spears, simply because you waited and gave them room to grow.

In fact, rumor is that the perennial asparagus keep coming back even longer than the anticipated 20 YEARS that they are supposed to.   

Can you handle 50 years of asparagus harvesting? 
Might you get sick of the taste? 
Probably not, but it is worth considering when you first plant those roots...or begin to chase your dream...


What are you waiting on today?
What are you chasing?



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