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My Little Garden

I’ve shared on here before how much I love gardening. This past weekend One Cute Cowboy started in on one of my front flower beds. It was filled with deep-rooted grass that had completely taken over the bed. I really wish I had a picture of the before, to give you the full affect, because it was pretty bad. But he worked on it several days last week, getting it all dug up. 

These pictures don’t do it justice to see just how deep he ended up digging. It looked so strange. Then he took the front-end loader and went out to the pasture and got fresh, new, untouched dirt!


Our nephew, Brycen came over and helped us put down the black mesh to keep grass from coming up again. We put down two layers, then started putting dirt back inside the beds.


OCC got it all leveled out and mixed in a good ratio of sandy-dirt with manure to make the perfect growing grounds for my flowers. Once we were done, I was able to start planting. I love buying and planting flowers. I got these at a nearby greenhouse in Hartley, TX.


They look a little puny now, but they’ll be gorgeous in a month or so. Petunias are One Cute Cowboys favorite so I always try to plant a bunch of those in my front bed and pots around the porch. Also, Petunias do good in our Oklahoma heat and fair well in the wind.


This is a picture of my perennial/shade bed. It comes back stronger every year! I’m hoping  I get  the vegetable garden in this weekend!

Have any of my followers started planting? What are your favorite things to grow?

Happy Saturday!

*ASpottedHeart 

Spring on the Ponderosa 

I’ve got a couple of different posts in the works, and hopefully one about some of my favorite oils that’ll be done soon. In the mean time, here’s what life’s looked like lately on the Ponderosa.

Siamese cat smelling a lilac bush

Bumper is obsessed with the lilac bushes and the little critters that flutter around them.

One Cute Cowboy feeding the bulls.

My niece cut me some lilacs from her house.

The Cowboys doing cowboy things.

Angus babies!

We planted 49 saplings the past two days.

He’ll always be my lapdog.

There’s a little glimpse into my life lately. I’ll have some new posts up soon! Happy Friday!

*ASpottedHeart

Rainy Day Playlist ☔️ 


I love nothing more than a good rainy day. I think this is where my fascination with places like Ireland and Washington state come from. I love how it relaxes and quiets the mind. My mood is significantly better on rainy days. I feel more intuative and feel like my creative juices run higher on rainy days.  Rainy Day music is also a favorite of mine so here’s a little Playlist of some of my rainy day favorites! 


  1. Dreams-Fleetwood Mac
  2. Eyes On Fire- Blue Foundation
  3. Rosyln- Bon Iver & St.Vincent
  4. Moonglow- Billie Holiday
  5. I Know You By Heart- Eva Cassidy
  6. Are You With Me- Easton Corbin
  7. Banana Pancakes- Jack Johnson
  8. Emmylou- The First Aid Kit
  9. Break In The Storm- The Great Divide
  10. Tell Yer Mama- Norah Jones
  11. Beach Baby- Bon Iver
  12. I Don’t Trust Myself With Loving You- John Mayer
  13. Mia & Sebastian’s Theme-La La Land Soundtrack
  14. Girl Crush-Little Big Town
  15. The Only Living Boy in New York- Simon & Garfunkel
  16. New Slang- The Shins
  17. Witchy Woman- The Eagles
  18. Re: Stacks- Bon Iver

#NowPlaying Rainy Day Mood

https://open.spotify.com/user/1215492818/playlist/5KFLvgaFPNm4XxloMdQbvM

Spring Mood Board

It’s March ya’ll!! How did that happen?! I must say, I’m really glad to see Spring this year for the pure fact that it means One Cute Cowboy is finally done with wheat pasture cattle. He’s been more or less gone all winter long taking care of cattle, so it’s nice to have him home more often. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about simplifying (read as: decluttering.) It’s hard because, let’s face it, I like stuff. I like knick -knacks and trinkets and sometimes I feel like Ariel in the Little Mermaid. But I truly look forward to making this happen, slowly but surely, this spring!  I think that’s reflected in this mood board. Simple, clean-cut spaces, and of course tons of gardening things coming to mind this month as I prep my flowerbeds and garden.  It’s my favorite part of spring! What’s yours? Enjoy!


Happy Spring Everyone!

Early Spring Fever

Flower catalogue with a cup of tea
February isn’t even over yet and I’m already dreaming about what flowers and seeds I’m going to plant this Spring. I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon combing through my Johnny Seeds catalogue seeing what flowers I’d want to try to start from seed his year. Last year I tried to grow a small cut garden and though I grew some pretty Zinnias, I didn’t work very hard at it and it didn’t do as well as it could have. This year I want to do better. I’ve never done much from seed, so this year I’m going to pay close attention to when and how to plant the seed and not just put them in the ground and hope they sprout.

A few that I’m loooking forward to trying are:

Those are just a few! I’ll also plant the actual plants when the time comes, but I’m excited to try some new varieties. Last summer I did this post on some of my flowers around the homestead. I look forward to doing more this year and keeping my fingers crossed that my cherry tree will bloom this year.

What are you planting this year? Have you ever started from seeds? Tell me your experiences and what you’re looking forward to this Spring!

 

*ASpottedHeart

April Mood Board 

  I love April. It’s the month I married the love of my life. It’s the time of year when showers come in the early morning and late evenings. When things start to green up with the promise of beautiful colors to follow. To me, it’s the true month of lavender everything, kind of the same way people get about Pumpkin Spice in the fall. It’s the month where I start to get my flower beds and pots ready for planting. Yes, I love April, and these are just a few things that have inspired me this month.

 
  


  


  

Our view from our Honeymoon cottage in ’14