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It’s Bulb Buying Time!

August 26, 2010

Blink, blink…where did summer go??!!  It’s been sweater weather here in CT for the past few days…cold, wet and generally lousy.  I know the sun will come out and the temperatures will rise again, but the summer drought and heat wave have passed and I’m thinking of  Autumn, which is a HUGE planting season for us.  We plant perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs.  We prepare gardens for winter and create garden beds for next year’s  gardens.  September and October are incredibly busy gardening months – so if you think we are almost done here…think again my friends!

I just finished placing huge bulb orders…looking at the thousands of bulbs we will be planting this Fall makes my heart sing, but my knees ache! Bulb planting is done here in October – but for the best selection we order well before that.

My first priority is ordering garlic bulbs.  I absolutely love fresh garlic and I think several beds devoted to growing garlic is ideal.  Of course I’m not alone in this love of garlic – so order fast…many varieties are already sold out!

Here are our sources for organic garlic seeds:

If you are new to growing garlic, try a variety pack and taste test the garlic next year.  Alternately, 2 Sister’s has a great page called “How to Choose Your Favorite Garlic Variety”

Seed Saver’s has a great garlic growing guide.  In a nutshell – garlic likes nutrient rich soil (add lots of organic matter to the garden bed now so it will be ready for planting in about 6 weeks), softneck varieties are better in milder climates and hardneck varieties do better in colder climates, each individual bulb of the clove is planted and it’s pretty darn easy.

I will create a bulb planting tutorial post closer to the time of planting – so don’t worry too much about how to plant garlic.  Just order yourself some bulbs and we will all have garlic breath together next summer!!!

Of course Spring flower bulbs are also on my mind!

Daffodil ‘Replete’ Daffodil ‘Erlicheer’

Double Daffodil ‘White Lion’ Daffodil ‘Acropolis’

Double Flowering Tulip ‘Ice Wonder’ Double Flowering Tulip ‘Abigail’

Tulip ‘Rai’ Double Flowering Tulip ‘Eternal Flame’

Be sure to buy a good mixture of early, mid and late blooming bulbs.  Check the description and note when the bulb is going to bloom and buy accordingly.   Breck’s has some good instructions and tips to choosing which bulbs to plant.

Remember to also notice the height of the flower – you want to buy flowers of differing heights, different bloom times and that complement each other color wise.

Bulbs look best when planted in drifts of several hundred – for maximum impact buy a long flowering collection of daffodils and naturalize areas of your garden. You’ll be so glad you did come Spring!

I use tulips in the front of the garden bed where I can enjoy their fleeting beauty.  I try not spend too much on tulip bulbs, since they rarely come back each year.  Of course I am seduced by the tulips each and every year and swoon each Spring when these beauties bloom.

This year I am planting bulbs in my cut flower beds – I loathe cutting from the garden, but I always want some indoors as well…this is my compromise.

Here are some of our bulb suppliers – take a look and order your bulbs soon…I promise they will be sold out before you know it.  Bulbs ship at the correct planting time for your zone – so don’t hesitate!

Van Bourgondien – reputable and reliable sellers with a great inventory and some sweet specials.

Breck’s - classic and established bulb company.  Has some beautiful bulb collections.

Van Egelen – we buy most of our bulbs through this company, which is Connecticut based.  We have never had a problem and their shipping and customer service is excellent.  Their bulbs are large and healthy and produce great flowers.  They offer “wholesale” pricing for large quantity of bulbs…and although it is not as cheap as true wholesale, I am happy to pay more for their high quality.

White Flower Farm – another Connecticut based company I am happy to order from.  Again, their prices can be higher than others, but their quality is superb and their pre-designed bulb collections are classics.  I am trying their Darwin Hybrid Tulips – they say they bloom for 5 years…that would be lovely and save my poor knees from annual tulip planting!

Hope you have fun browsing and buying bulbs for next year!

Caroline Finnegan owns Ladybug Landscaping, a full service organic landscaping company. based in CT. She is a NOFA accredited landcare professional and when not designing gardens can be found rearranging her furniture or out at a flea market finding new goodies. She almost always has dirt under her nails.

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roosting readers

see elizabeth floyd’s new still life series, visit airdrome’s outdoor dining room, learn how to make a trompe l’oeil butterfly under glass, see post scripted nesting surprise, and get the recipe for white bean and garlic dip!

are you making something? inventing recipes? taking photos? getting crafty?  redecorating? share with us how you roost in ghtr’s flickr group!

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good morning! i was pleasantly surprised to wake up and find one of amy karol’s tutorials on making snack bags over on poppytalk! after perusing around a bit, i decided to share another one of her tutorials with you. :)

this tutorial is amy karol’s take on making homemade envelopes- lazy style!  author of angry chicken and accomplished book writer (one of my favorites- bend the rules sewing!), her world can keep you busy for hours.  i absolutely love her video tutorials- her voice is so soothing and her sense of humor will keep you laughing the whole way through.  she’s definitely my kind of gal, not following the rules, using what you got and getting it done! i hope you enjoy this, and don’t miss her tutorial on making easy snack bags with no velcro for back to school- they are cute, practical and easy!

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(note: once you click play, you’ll have to then click ‘watch on youtube’)

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planting kitchen herbs


there’s just nothing like using freshly picked herbs in the kitchen.  i cherish them dearly and they make our dishes so delectable, savory and often times more beautifully presented. most culinary herbs are easy to grow indoors and make it easy to pick from your own mini herb garden year round!  you can plant them in individual pots, or in one container easy to move around.  most herbs are easily germinated from seed but are often very affordable as starters at your local hardware store or nursery.

planting kitchen herbs

{sneak peek from sfgirlbybay}

best herbs for the kitchen:

basil: sweet, fragrant leaves that are commonly used in sauces, pesto, salads and italian dishes.  an easy grower that produces in the summer and fall and needs maximum sunlight.

chives: a member of the onion family; best used in potatoes, salads and on fish.

dill: used in many asian and mediterranean dishes, dill has aromatic fern like scrumptious tops.

mint: fresh and clean herb, best used in drinks, salads and sweet dishes.

oregano: often used in italian dishes, tomato sauces and on veggies.  easy to grow with many health benefits.

parsley: usually used uncooked and as a garnish; has a very mild flavor.

rosemary: woody and fragrant, best used on potatoes, bread or vegetables (my favorite!).

sage: has a slightly peppery flavor, often used in meats or in italian dishes.

thyme: a basic ingredient in numerous cuisines, an essential and aromatic herb to grow.

planting kitchen herbs


growing tips: most herbs prefer sunny locations, either outside or in a south facing window. make sure the bottom of your pot or planting area has a drainage hole, as herbs prefer well drained soil. make sure that each herb has a depth 7-9 inches for root growth. consider keeping invasive herbs such as mint, lemon balm and peppermint growing separately so as not to overcrowd the others.

kitchen herbs

here’s my latest project and how i made my mini kitchen herb garden! i ran across this old tool box on a vintage hunt recently, and couldn’t wait to get home and plant it up.

kitchen herbs

after drilling a few holes in the bottom for proper drainage, i filled her with good organic potting soil and planted my sage, rosemary, basil, oregano and dill. i also added an aloe plant, a cactus and a succulent at the end, just to spruce it up  a bit.

kitchen herbs

i think this is my all time favorite garden project! i love the tool box because i can easily move into the sunshine, and then indoors for the winter.  happy planting!

simple living

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the ginger people

boy do i have a treat for you today! my very naughty mother has introduced to me my latest obsession- the ginger people! they make an abundance of all natural ginger products, everything from baked goods to beverages.  she’s made these ginger cookies for us twice now, and they don’t last very long- they are truly the best ginger cookies i have ever had! always moist and perfectly balanced, yum.

the ginger people

the ginger peopleIngredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
11/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons Ginger People
Crystallized Ginger Chips

1 large egg at room temperature

the ginger people


Adjust the oven racks to the upper and lower thirds and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line three cooking sheets with parchment paper. Place 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a small bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a mixing bowl, use the flat beater attachment or a hand-held mixer to beat the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the brown sugar and cream together well. Add the molasses and blend well. Sift together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add to the butter mixture in 3 stages blending well after each addition. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Stir in the ginger. Lightly beat the egg and add. Blend thoroughly. Scoop out large spoonfuls (about 1/4 cup each) and roll into balls. Drop the balls in the bowl of sugar and toss to coat completely. Place the balls on the cookie sheets leaving a 3-inch space between them. Bake for 8 minutes. Switch the racks the cookie sheets are on and bake another 7 minutes, until the tops are cracked. Remove and cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Yields: 16 4-inch round cookies.

{photos: bonnie forkner; recipe: the ginger people}

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flea market find

during our travels last weekend, i was able to make it to one of my favorite spots, the raleigh flea market! that’s where i came across this beaut- and though i wasn’t sure what my plans were for her- i knew she had to be mine!

flea market find

the gal i bought it from (for $10!) said it used to be the top to an old tobacco smoker(?).  do you know anything about it?  at first my plan was to clean it up and paint it, but once i set it in my living room i think i’ve decided stick with the patina charm for now.  what do you think?

zinnia flowers

did you notice all my pretty pretty flowers? last week, i was also showered with some of the most beautiful birthday flowers from friends!  pretty yellow day lilies and pink and orange zinnias are making my house feel so bright and joyful right now.

zinnia flowers

aren’t these stunning? they are from my dear friend callie’s yard (talk about a green thumb).  i think the zinnia might just be my new favorite flower!

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happy monday dear ones!  did you have a good weekend? i stayed around the house and accomplished some neglected to-do’s, and even squeezed in a deep house cleaning!  yesterday i finally picked my muscadine grapes that have been longing for my attention and made some grape juice, then made david some hot sauce from our hot peppers that have been growing abundantly.  i used this chili garlic hot sauce recipe, and let me tell you, it’s is so good!!

rocky top studio

join me in welcoming the newest member of our sponsor family, rocky top studio! allison trentelman has been inspired by the natural landscape of maine’s coast for nearly ten years.  her beautiful work shows landscapes, wildlife, botanicals, birds and florals- all of which are absolutely breathtaking.  flipping through one photo to the next, she deepens your appreciation for what nature provides and shows you just how beautiful the little things can be.

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lola’s room photography

August 20, 2010

Posted by in photography

well this week has been up, down and all around for me!  thank you so much for hangin’ in there with me.  my birthday yesterday was fantabulous- thank you for all the sweet notes! i’m convinced i have the sweetest bloggie friends ever. :) my mister got us airplane tickets for coloardo springs in a few weeks, can you believe it?! i’ve never been and i am so excited!! i also got a wakom pad to start playing with, and i’ll have to share it with you.. once i get it figured out!

lola's room photography

i leave you for the weekend with cassia beck’s sweet, nostalgic photography.  lola’s room is full of images that remind me of warm summer days and simpler times.  she has three stunning shops all full of vintage inspiration, lola’s room, violet may and cassia beck.  enjoy! x, bonnie

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