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Word a Week Challenge: Gardens

This blog was inspired by A Word a Week Photography Challenge.

Here is a tour of the gardens that have crossed my path…As I have wandered through each one my worries and burdens have been carried away as if on the wings of a butterfly.  Spending time in a garden, whether it is filled with flowers or vegetables, is one of the most peaceful places on this earth.

This is where it all started…with my parents love for a beautiful garden and my Dad’s very green thumb.

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A garden from a previous home…very tropical!

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Our current front garden filled with traditional southern heritage plants; plumbago, day lilies, rosemary, roses, azalea and camelias.

The Garden

Last years vegetable garden that produced so much, we ate all we could and shared the rest.

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Here is a community garden, where members of the neighborhood adopt a parcel of land.  They can grow whatever they desire.  It is a mix of flowers and vegetables.

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This is a much bigger garden that many visit during strawberry season.  Here at Froberg’s you pay for what you pick…the kiddos love it!

I love spending time in the garden, especially when it is full of color and good things to eat!

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A-Z Archive Challenge: “T”

Suncreek Garden 2011 Tomato Crop…This weeks entry into the A-Z Archive Photo Challenge: “T” hosted by Frizztext!

 

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Conflict

Conflict is described as a disagreement through which the parties involved perceive a threat to their needs, interests or concerns. Within this simple definition there are several important understandings that emerge:
 
Conflict is often best understood by examining the consequences of various behaviors at moments in time. These behaviors are usefully categorized according to conflict styles. Each style is a way to meet one’s needs in a dispute but may impact other people in different ways.
  • Competing
  • Accommodating
  • Avoiding
  • Compromising
  • Collaborating
 
 
 
There is a bit of a conflict going on here at Suncreek Garden. We have a patty pan squash that has decided it would rather grow among the tomatoes.  At first glance there seems to be a confilict…but what kind of conflict do we have on our hands? 
 
At first glance we have a conflict based on competition…the plants are competing for the same space, the same water, the same sunshine. 
 
Competing is a style in which one’s own needs are advocated over the needs of others. It relies on an aggressive style of communication, low regard for future relationships, and the exercise of coercive power. Those using a competitive style tend to seek control over a discussion, in both substance and ground rules. They fear that loss of such control will result in solutions that fail to meet their needs. Competing tends to result in responses that increase the level of threat.
 
 On second glance we have a conflict of collaboration.  The squash and the tomato have the same needs…
 
Collaborating is the pooling of individual needs and goals toward a common goal. Often called “win-win problem-solving”.  This collaboration requires assertive communication and cooperation in order to achieve a better solution than either individual could have achieved alone. It offers the chance for consensus, the integration of needs, and the potential to exceed the “budget of possibilities” that previously limited our views of the conflict. It brings new time, energy, and ideas to resolve the dispute meaningfully.
 
 
 
 
Sometimes conflicts create an opportunity for the parties involved to rise above the opposition and reach new heights and learn to appreciate one another and offer support.
 
Which is exactly what is happening in our garden.  The squash plant has decided that it would prefer to grow above the tomato plants.  The tomato plants are offering support for the squash’s new path.  We are unsure of the outcome of this conflict between the two plants, but we are keeping a watchful eye on the situation.
 
 
 
 
Sometimes gardening imitates life…and this past week I have had my share of conflict.  I have pondered my contribution to the conflict and I have decided I would rather be the supportive tomato instead of the aggressive squash. 
 
 Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
 

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Garden Quotes

Suncreek Garden is a 30 X 40, 6 row garden.  Gardening is cheaper than therapy…it’s good for the soul…it’s good exercise…it’s good for your health and it’s a practice in patience. 

This first row from left to right…Yellow Squash, Tomatillo, English Cucumber and Regular Cucumber. The second row is two varieties of heirloom tomato.Gardens… should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~H. Fred Dale

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. ~Marcelene Cox

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Little by Little

Little by little the Suncreek Garden is coming alive…

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“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
May Sarton

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This post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge.  Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “L”.

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…And the Bionic Arm

Suncreek Garden Chronicles…You can’t keep a good man down.  It’s been 5 weeks since Farmer Hubs ripped his bicep from the tendon.  It has been three weeks since he had surgery to reattach the bicep.  It would appear that Farmer Hubs has had his old appendage replaced with a bionic arm. 

In the past 5 weeks Farmer Hubs and His Bionic Arm have turned the fall/winter garden over to a spring garden.  With a little help from the Farmers Son and Friends of the Farmer the temporary greenhouse was disassembled.  The remaining fall vegetable plantings were harvested and removed. The garden was tilled and fresh soil added. 

Farmer Hubs, The BionicArm and the Farmers Helpers planted; 27 heirloom tomato plants, spring lettuces, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, shallots, onions, potatoes, carrots and a variety of peppers. 

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles: The Tomato Debate

 

Suncreek Garden Chronicles...The Tomato Debate

 The tomato was once referred to as the Love Apple, Moor’s Apple and a Wolf Peach.  The name wolf peach comes from the long-held belief that the tomato was poisonous.  One 17th Century cookbook declared, while it was safe to eat a cooked tomato it was “not advisable”.  However eating a raw tomato would cause instantaneous death.  Although untrue, this lethal accusation lingered until the early 1800′s.

The controversy over the toxic tomato was only the beginning of the tomato debate.  An additional debate was most likely the topic of many garden conversations…was the tomato a vegetable or a fruit.  The issue seemed to cause such division that the debate was taken before the United States Supreme Court.   In 1887 the issue was settled when the powers to be decided to split the difference.  The Court ruled that although “botanically speaking tomatoes are the fruit of a vine” they were vegetables “in the  common language of the people.”

Here at Suncreek Garden there really isn’t much of a debate.  We grow heirloom tomatoes.  We enjoy them cooked as well as raw and thus far no one has fallen ill or even worse.  Also, we don’t prefer the tomato fruit over the tomato vegetable or vice versa…we just prefer tomatoes!

*On a side note…The tomato serves as both the official state vegetable and the official state fruit of Arkansas, in honor of the South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato, sometimes known as “Bradley Pink.”

What say you about the tomato debate?

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…garden fail, who knew?

Suncreek Garden Chronicles…garden fail!  I think this may be what brussels sprouts look like when grown under the wrong conditions…  Out of 6 plants this is the only one with significant sprout growth but… these sprouts have just stopped growing! 

I am not sure we have truly failed at growing brussels sprouts.  I have done a bit of research in the past few days and it seems that we just lack knowledge.  Our winter temperatures have been on the warm side, but it would seem not too warm for the brussels.  It also seems that the plants may be just waiting on us to take the next step.  I have read that we should begin harvesting the lower leaves and sprouts of the plant to stimulate continued growth of the remaining sprouts.  Who knew?

Well someone knew and now I think I know…how to over come our possible garden fail. 

Suncreek Garden Chronicles...Fail

Of all of the winter veggies we planted I was most excited by the possibility of growing our own brussels sprouts. Which in itself blows my mind. You see before last year I was not a fan of cabbage or brussels sprouts. Of course my professed dislike for these veggies had no real basis to it. As I child I had associated a bout of stomach flu with eating cabbage at my aunt’s house. So for years and I do mean years I refused to eat, actually I refused to even try a dish that contained cabbage or brussels sprouts.

My husband really enjoys eating cabbage. Also, there is a lady that I work with who goes to an incredible amount of work making cabbage rolls. We are talking over 100 individual rolls. She is so sweet and makes this dish out of love and there is just no way to refuse to eat this dish when she makes it for you. So between the two of them they have worn me down. I finally had to give in and give this incredibly humble veg another try. Guess what? I like it! I do. Now I am not going to go out of my way to make fried or stewed cabbage or even cabbage rolls. But I will eat a serving if it’s offered to me.

On the other hand I have fallen in love with brussels sprouts. I can not explain it. I don’t think I want to try. But I really like these little bite size morsels.  I find myself adding them to my grocery cart whenever they are available. Who knew?!

Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you plan…we planted a winter garden and then winter failed to show up.  We built a temporary greenhouse so we could start the seedlings for the spring garden…our placement of the greenhouse may have stifled the growth of a couple of our cold weather loving plants.  Whatever the outcome of this first attempt at growing a winter garden will give us knowledge and experience as we make our plans for next seasons attempt at growing a home garden. 

 

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uniquely the same…amazingly different

Macaroons and macarons…are very often lumped into the same category.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  A Macaroon is an American cookie made with a flowerless egg white base.  Most often made with coconut.  Macarons are french cookies made with crushed almonds and egg whites that are sandwiched around a cream based filling.  They come in a rainbow of colors and flavors.   The french macarons are all made using the same recipe, making them all macarons…but the color and filling is what makes them special…it’s what makes them enjoyable.

A blogger is someone who keeps and updates a blog. We are often lumped together in one general category by people who don’t quite get what we do or even why we do it.

I think Bloggers are like macarons…the french version…somehow uniquely the same and amazingly different all at the same time. We are colorful and full of flavors, flavors that come from uniquely different life experiences.

 Behind every blog there is an incredibly unique and special human being. 

 We are Men and Women, Husbands and Wives, Moms and Dads, Brothers and Sisters.  We are Designers, Painters, Photographers, Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Gamers, Techies, Gardner’s, Small Business Owners and CEO’s.  We are Athletes, Dancers, Musicians, Chefs, Students, Pastors, Teachers, Writers, Active duty Service Men and Women and we are Retired.  We are like-minded individuals and strangers.   We are from every continent, represent every race and practice every religion. 

We are uniquely the same and amazingly different!

Every post is the reflection of a unique life.

We have the desire to share our life with the world.  We lay our heart and soul out for people to embrace or trample on.  We hope that our words will inspire and encourage.  We are driven to write about everything and nothing. We focus on a specific category or post random thoughts. We have the ability to say something wonderful by sharing a single photograph. We can open someones eyes to a new point of view by sharing our own. We can make people laugh or cry, dance or sing by sharing who we are with those willing to spend a moment getting to know us through our shared writings.

 What drives us to share the stories of our lives?  Is our blog a true reflection of who we are or is it who we want to be? 

Who am I?  I am a child of God, a Christ-follower, a wife and a mother.  I am a daughter, a sister and a friend.  I have a heart for helping people find the one thing in life that will give them their greatest joy.   I love to travel but I love coming home more.  I am a city girl who lives in the country.  I love the sound of the waves crashing onto the beach but I prefer a snow skiing vacation.  My taste is eclectic.  I am a collector of other people’s discarded things.   I have a knack for creating an inviting and welcoming space.    I am a thinker!   I am a dreamer!   

And I Blog! 

 Who are you?  Why do you blog?  Do your friends and family get what you do?  Do they know you blog? 

A special thank you to my sister Heidi for sharing her photos from her recent trip to Paris!  je t’aime petit soeur!

This post was revised from a January 31, 2011 post…uniquely the same

 

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Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Organized Chaos

Suncreek Garden Chronicles...Organized Chaos

 Suncreek Garden Chronicles…Organized Chaos!  What we have here is the result of a very mild, almost non-existent winter.  The seeds were planted in early January.  By the beginning of February the seedlings were demanding they be given more leg room.  Now it is mid February and the seedlings have grown into sizeable plants.  Now we must wait at least a month before putting the plants in the ground.  Waiting until the middle to late March should insure that the last frost is a distant memory. 

In the meantime, we are slowly pulling up the remainder of the winter garden.  However most of what’s left is doing so well we hate to see them go.  There are a couple of things that have kept Farmer Hubs from putting tiller to soil, it is too wet to do almost anything in the garden which we are not complaining about, just yet.  The other is that Farmer Hubs ripped his bicep and is scheduled for surgery sometime next week.  This will certainly slow down the progress of the garden tilling and planting.

Farmer Hubs is a very thorough fella…he always has a plan. Sometimes he even has a plan for the plan.  However patience is not one of his strong suits.  Sometimes we just have to take a deep breath and listen to the experts.  The doctors have told him it could be a 3 month recovery/rehab process.  The Farmers Almanac is suggesting that by mid-late March we should be free from any chance of a freeze.  By then Farmer Hubs will have many plans laid out and will be chomping at the bit to get out of the gate.

After looking over the entire situation at Suncreek Gardens, Farmer Hubs has a well thought out and organized plan in place.  The fact that the warmer than normal temperatures have the seedlings thriving and growing faster than we anticipated is throwing the whole garden game into a bit of chaos.  But even the best laid plans can be thrown into a state of limbo.   Farmer Hubs will have his surgery… the plants will continue to grow…Farmer Hubs will rehab his arm…the Farmers Son will till the garden…the Farmers wife will take care of the Farmer.

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