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Posts Tagged ‘garden’

postheadericon The Gardener’s Morning – Sunday Selections

The Gardener’s Morning by Howard Dolf is our latest addition to Sunday Selections. Enjoy this lovely poem and imagine yourself in the morning garden.
The Gardener's Morning at Red Barn Blue Skies

The Gardener’s Morning

 The robin‘s song at daybreak
Is a clarion call to me.
Get up and get out in the garden,
For the morning hours flee.


I cannot resist the summons,
What earnest gardener could?
For the golden hours of morning
Get into the gardener’s blood.


The magic spell is upon me,
I’m glad that I did not wait;
For life’s at its best in the morning,
As you pass through the garden gate.
– Howard Dolf

postheadericon Garden Sanctuary – Sunday Selections

Enjoy a tiny bit of my own garden sanctuary for this installment of Sunday Selections.
Peas for Garden Sanctuary Sunday Selections Red Barn Blue Skies

Garden Sanctuary

You who walk,
Maybe with troubled thoughts,
Come, enter here and rest;
And may the sweet serenity of growing things,
And the heavenly peace
Be mirrored in thy soul.
-Doxis M. Palmer

postheadericon Claude Monet – Sunday Selections

This week’s Sunday Selections is a short one with a quote from Claude Monet.
The photograph is one I took that obviously didn’t turn out as planned. But with the bright burst of color, it made me think of Monet’s artwork.
Claude Monet Red Barn Blue Skies flower art photograph
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”

postheadericon CSN Stores EarthBox Garden Kit review

Back in March, I posted about a review I would be doing for CSN Stores on their EarthBox Garden Kit.  (You can find the original post Here). I know it was quite a while ago that I started on this review, but I wanted to really give it a thorough test and not just an “oh it’s cool”, “I really like it”, etc.  even though I hadn’t really put it through it’s paces. I won’t do a review post on anything that I haven’t truly tried out personally. So, without further ado; my unbiased opinion – I love it!!!!

EarthBox Garden Kit

I planted the grow box the same day I received it back in March. I put young strawberry plants in both the EarthBox and also a similar planter that I already owned.  The planters are roughly the same size and shape. I put a total of six strawberry plants in each, all the same size and variety.  The plants have all had the exact same conditions and treatment. I followed the directions on the EarthBox garden kit exactly as they instructed. Since the EarthBox did come with fertilizer, I added the same type to my white planter as well. I really believe the system they’ve come up with is a winner.


This photo is of the EarthBox on the day I planted it:  (I’m sorry I can’t find the photo of the white planter from that day – I believe it was part of the laptop casualty files.)


earthbox garden kit review


The photos below show the EarthBox and the regular planter now:


regular planter
side by side


The above photo shows them side by side. Isn’t the difference in plant size amazing? I was very impressed with this kit and I think I may just have to get myself one or two more for next season. I like that the planter is on wheels and is very easy to maneuver around. I think it would be great for some of the delicate plants or those that don’t seem to make it here due to gophers or voles….

As for CSN Stores, I was very impressed with their service and communication.  James was the representative who had initially contacted me for the review and was extremely helpful from start to finish.  Once we decided what I would be reviewing, he placed my order and it was here within about three days.  Their huge inventory and major amount of selections are very impressive as well.  They offer free shipping on many of their items too so it’s a great idea to check them out!


Disclaimer: I received the above EarthBox Garden kit from CSN Stores for review purposes. The opinions and views expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review.

postheadericon Growing Greenery Update

We’re seeing a lot of green around here. Lots of growing greenery – and reds, oranges, pinks etc. I’m really happy that so many of our plants and flowers are coming back in full force. I was worried that I’d lost a lot in the move and with the neglect I showered upon them while Mom was in the hospital. But they must be made of sturdy stuff.

Growing Greenery Peas at Red Barn Blue Skies

One of the reasons for my latest neglect of this blog is our Herculean task of finding homes for the majority of the babies from THIS post about the rescued plants. It has been a trial attempting to identify some of them and we’re definitely not done.

We found out that the nursery guy was notorious for potting and replanting plants in whatever pot or tray he could find and didn’t care how things were labelled. (Do ya think this could have been a clue as to why he went out of business??)

Our Wedding Mums at Red Barn Blue Skies Growing Greenery

Anyway, so far we have planted about 25 butterfly bushes here along with an unknown number of jasmine – Mr. MoonCat’s favorite. I was thrilled to find that in addition to a gorgeous rosemary plant we’d managed to salvage several bay leaf tree babies. I love using bay leaf in some of my recipes. We also have some agapanthus, canna lilies, African irises, boxwoods, spirea, and mimosa trees. Still working on identifying them all.

Nasturtiums at Red Barn Blue Skies Growing Greenery

Everyone in our life is benefiting from this little escapade. I sent about a dozen of the trees that we think are maples out to the ranch. It was amazing how all of these poor neglected babies just took off with a bit of water and some TLC. Our friends are getting used to finding plants in their vehicles when they leave from a visit here.  Good homes must be found by all!


As the rescues continue to get healthier and start to thrive, I’ll show you some updated pictures.  But for now, here are some of my other little pretties that are enjoying the sunshine.


Growing Greenery

Potato Box at Red Barn Blue Skies Growing Greenery

Red Barn Blue Skies Growing Greenery Volunteers

Beans at Red Barn Blue Skies for Growing Greenery


Tomato Plants at Red Barn Blue Skies for Growing Greenery