Cherry Blossom Hydrosol

Once a year I get the pleasure of looking out my master bedroom doors to my cherry blossom tree.

Literally the largest tree on the block

Not only is it the largest tree on the block but it’s the earliest blooming cherry blossom tree (since my back patio is surrounded by concrete it’s abnormally warm for the area).

I love this tree so much. Not only does it create shade & greenery to my Urban landscape but it gifts me with beautiful pink flowers every year.

This year I did something I always wanted to do: I made a preservative with the cherry blossoms. I went out back & gathered as many cherry blossoms from standing height as possible…& I was pretty proud of myself too! It took all evening!

It took a long time to gather this cute little pile!

When I asked my herbalism group what I should do with the cherry blossoms the overwhelming majority said I should make a cherry blossom hydrosol…

Well… Sh*t…

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Building My Urban Bird Garden

Good Morning!

Every morning while drinking my coffee I like to gaze out into my garden & watch the city birds. I never thought that I would enjoy bird watching but I’ve always liked to listen to their chirps so watching them was a natural progression.

Red Wing Blackbird. First time I ever saw him.

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Vegetable Plants

OH.

MY.

GOD.

What did I just do?  I came home from Home Depot with this:

What the heck got into me?  I’m a city girl, damn it!

 
…Because I came home from the Farmers Market with vegetables…vegetable PLANTS.  I started my own container garden.  What did I just get myself into?  I’m known to kill the most heartiest plants.  I’ve killed cactus before.  I have two black thumbs…but yet, at the farmers market, I couldn’t help myself.  They were all over the place.  Staring at me with their beady little eyes telling me, “Take me!  Take me home and plant me!”  So I did…and now I have this:
 
Lettuce!  I’ve never planted before and I chose lettuce!
 
And this:
 
Tomatoes.  Everyone says tomatoes grow well in MD.
 
And this:
 
Cabbage.  Why did I pick cabbage?
 
Wish me luck.  Better yet, wish the plants luck…they need it more than I do!