Monday, January 31, 2011

Blogiversary Week, Day 8 - The Finale

 We've covered a lot of my garden so far... from the start in February and planting seeds inside my house, to the spring and seeds in the greenhouse, to the vegetable plot and the gardens we went.  We watered and nurtured the little seedlings, that grew into plants.  Some for their beauty and some for their fruit.  The sky went from gray, to pale blue, to the truest clear sky blue.















The days grew balmy, then hot, then cooler again.  Another garden season from beginning to end.



For the final day...



















something to hold it all.  A little burlap bag, complete with my addition of a little fabric flower.  You can hold your garden magazines, your new garden journal... and think of me, at Red Gate Farm.

Thank you friends, for stopping by... the winner will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday February 1st!
Chris at Red Gate Farm

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Blogiversary Week, Day 7 - Time to Harvest

Once the summer days have peaked and the evenings come a little earlier.  You wander out to the garden, and there's a little of this ready to pick and a little more of that that is spilling into it's neighbor.  It's time to harvest all the seeds you have planted.



















And I must tell you, nobody ever told me that cucumbers and zucchinis when just picked, well they stain your shirt.























Your t-shirt that you used to hold them in as you picked.


















Then of course there's the juggling act while you try to pluck the red, ripe tomatoes or perhaps that one last artichoke before they turn into a thistle-like flower.























And what to do with the tiny little grape tomatoes that seem to explode on the plants by the day, filling your hands to overflowing.



















Or how quickly your lab, who follows you throughout the garden will pluck the strawberries right out of your bowl as you collect them.


















So, today I'm adding a little something made by yours truly...















A harvest apron, with a large pocket for holding garden tools or veggies fresh, from the garden.  And a little lace, a piece of a vintage hankie, because even in the garden, it's fun to be a little girly.

Ready for a new week,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

PS - Don't forget to check out Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the giveaway. And here are rules that I posted on day 1 - Monday, January 24th.


Starting today, and each day until the drawing, I will be adding something NEW to the GIVEAWAY, so each day you get an additional opportunity to enter... by leaving a comment. The final addition will be one week from today, Monday January 31st. This means you have up to 8 times to enter! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 1st.


And of course, my followers, well they get an automatic "extra" entry.... for a potential of nine entries.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Blogiversary Week, Day 6 - Time to Reflect

One of the things I have enjoyed about this week is going back through my garden pictures.  With digital cameras, taking photos of anything and everything has really changed photography.  We can just snap away...  It's been fun selecting my photos to share with you.  This evening has been a good time to pause and reflect.

I've been amazed at how many photos I have.  Some good, many more not so good.  We'll just leave the not so good back on my hard drive...























How many photos I surprisingly well...  really, really like...


















How much I have appreciated all the nice comments from everyone about my gardens.


















And how much I am looking forward to spring, summer and fall... all over again.























I hope you too, can take a moment.  To plan, plant and enjoy your garden.




















Today's giveaway addition is a vintage tea cup, the latest issue of Country Garden's by Better Homes and Gardens, black tea and white tea, Lindt chocolate and Pepperidge Farm's Raspberry Milanos.

Taking a moment to relax,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

PS - Don't forget to check out Days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the giveaway. And here are rules that I posted on day 1 - Monday, January 24th.


Starting today, and each day until the drawing, I will be adding something NEW to the GIVEAWAY, so each day you get an additional opportunity to enter... by leaving a comment. The final addition will be one week from today, Monday January 31st. This means you have up to 8 times to enter! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 1st.

And of course, my followers, well they get an automatic "extra" entry.... for a potential of nine entries.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Blogiversary Week, Day 5 - Vintage in the Garden

As many of you know, I am crazy about vintage.  I collect many vintage items such as party goods and decorations, holiday (especially Christmas) decorations, kitchenware, linens, milk glass, flower frogs and this list can go on and on.  I like to incorporate vintage in my gardens too.

My chippy chickens look right at home at Red Gate Farm.


















A birdhouse my husband and son built me, out of our old barn boards, for Mother's Day.


















Some vintage fencing for plant support and backdrops.























My fantastic vintage lawn chairs.























A bench my dad made for me, also out of our very own vintage barn boards.


















A cute child's chair, turned into a flower pot holder.























An old milk can becomes a bird bath.























And I want to share my vintage love with you today....




















today's giveaway addition is a vintage flower book, cute vintage metal flower pot, vintage flower frog (I love to use mine to hold up cards too) and a unbelievably cool, vintage inspired flowered garden hand tool.

Hoping to inspire a little vintage in your garden,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

PS - Don't forget to check out Days 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the giveaway. And here are rules that I posted on Monday, January 24th.


Starting today, and each day until the drawing, I will be adding something NEW to the GIVEAWAY, so each day you get an additional opportunity to enter... by leaving a comment. The final addition will be one week from today, Monday January 31st. This means you have up to 8 times to enter! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 1st.


And of course, my followers, well they get an automatic "extra" entry.... for a potential of nine entries.


linking this one up to

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blogiversary Week, Day 4 - Make it Colorful

What do you think about color?

Although I can appreciate black and white photography for it's beauty,













I do like my garden with a bit of color.













Which brings me back to the idea of a garden journal.  Wouldn't you love to be able to add beautiful hand drawn illustrations, like the inside cover of Martha Stewart's Gardening Book...























or perhaps the simple sketches sprinkled throughout Country Gardens magazine?























I don't have the talent for either of those, but I can add color.















And you can too.  Today's addition is a set of beautiful pastel hued color pencils, a Sharpie in the most fabulous shade of aqua, pastel post-its for marking pages, a fun little binder clip, a pink ink pen and of course, just to pretty it up, a vintage unused seed packet from a local nursery... which still exists I might add.

Let there be color,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

PS - Don't forget to check out Days 1, 2 and 3 of the giveaway. And here are rules that I posted on Monday, January 24th.


Starting today, and each day until the drawing, I will be adding something NEW to the GIVEAWAY, so each day you get an additional opportunity to enter... by leaving a comment. The final addition will be one week from today, Monday January 31st. This means you have up to 8 times to enter! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 1st.

And of course, my followers, well they get an automatic "extra" entry.... for a potential of nine entries.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blogiversary Week, Day 3

It's Day 3 of my week long blogiversary bash.  I must tell you, today was almost balmy here.  The sun came out, the temperature topped out in the low 50's...  It really makes a girl want to get out and work in her gardens. 























Gardens that take a lot of watering in the summer


















and weeding year round.























And I know from experience that all that digging in the dirt,


















well, it just plays havoc with my hands.























So I became a glove wearing gardener,


















I go through 2 or 3 pairs per season, I wear the tips right off the gloves... that's a lot of weeding!


















So, today is all about taking care of the gardener's best tool,  their hands.

















A pair of Atlas nitrile gloves, my favorite for how thin they are, I feel like I'm not wearing gloves at all.  Gardener's scrub and lotion for their hands, made in our neighboring country of Canada.  And last but not least a great little scrub brush, because even with gloves I get lots of dirt under my nails.

Even looking forward to weeding soon,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

PS - Don't forget to check out Days 1 and 2 of the giveaway.  And here are rules that I posted on Monday, January 24th.


Starting today, and each day until the drawing, I will be adding something NEW to the GIVEAWAY, so each day you get an additional opportunity to enter... by leaving a comment. The final addition will be one week from today, Monday January 31st. This means you have up to 8 times to enter! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 1st.


And of course, my followers, well they get an automatic "extra" entry.... for a potential of nine entries.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blogiversary Week, Day 2

Day 2 of my week long giveaway is here.  If you missed day one, well head on over here.

If you're going to have a garden journal, well you need something to write about...  For my veggies and annuals, I do a combination of seeds and starts.  I keep track of what seeds I like based on how well they do and whether I like what they produce, vegetable, fruit or flower.  I like to keep track of the package information regarding size and germination.  It's not good to plant the little Zinnias behind the big Zinnias ya know.  I also keep track of what brand they were as well.  Today folks, it's all about the seeds. 

Some of my seeds come from local stores, but some, like my white impatiens I get through a catalog online... because nobody, and I mean nobody sells plain white impatien seeds.  These I start early, like the end of February, in my enclosed south facing front porch.  By July they look like this... yes they are slow growing little buggers.























Most of my other seeds get a jump start in my hand me down greenhouse.


















I like a variety of sunflowers...

















and the adorable, "Teddy Bear" sunflower.


















Cucumbers, my hands down favorite is the Lemon Cucumber.  If you haven't tried one of these you're really missing out.  It's an heirloom seed, although you may inclined to think it's something "newfangled".












Cutting flowers in the vegetable garden include, lots of zinnias, a regular riot of them...


















my favorite, "Envy" zinnia.  I've heard it's Martha Stewart's favorite too.


















Lots of different kinds of pumpkins.
























The breathtaking Hollyhock named "Peaches and Dreams".


















Purple Lupines...

















and purple and green beans.


















This year I tried a new variety of beets, they had stripes!


















And one of my favorites, Sweet Peas, I cut them for my kitchen window.  Oh, how I love their spicey smell.























So if you're following along, you've probably caught on... today's addition is a little something for you to start your own seeds.

Bamboo plant markers, pulp pots and a $15.00 gift certificate to Park Seeds... the only place I've found online that has white Impatiens.  A wonderful company that's been around since 1868, offering a HUGE variety of seeds.  And they ship to the US and Canada.
























Good luck to all,
Chris at Red Gate Farm

PS - Here are rules that I posted on Monday, January 24th.


Starting today, and each day until the drawing, I will be adding something NEW to the GIVEAWAY, so each day you get an additional opportunity to enter... by leaving a comment. The final addition will be one week from today, Monday January 31st. This means you have up to 8 times to enter! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 1st.


And of course, my followers, well they get an automatic "extra" entry.... for a potential of nine entries.