Week in Review: 2017.16

Every morning it looks a bit greener outside thanks to the warming temperatures, sunnier days, and intermittent rain showers. Perhaps also because the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color, which is never more apparent than in springtime.

Yesterday morning was spent harvesting some gorgeous tulips, tarragon, mint, and a fresh crop of asparagus.

All made extra beautiful by raindrops after a night of showers.

Just a few hours later, though, an unexpected weather event blew through just after lunch. Check it out…

The incident only lasted a few minutes, but left behind handfuls of the oddest shaped hail. Fascinating!

Thankfully the damage appears to be minimal, but it was a close call. The babies below were enjoying a bit of sunshine (acclimating slowly), and were moved back under shelter just moments before the storm blew through.

Big sigh of relief!

Weather events aside, here’s what else is happening in the garden…


Nearly all the beds are prepped in the main garden space, with young peas, fava beans, garbanzo beans, and spinach coming up.

There are various fruit trees surrounding the garden, many of which have been blossoming like mad lately. Here’s a glimpse of the pear tree that’s now transitioning from flower to fruit. Exciting!

The red piece in the photo (and others you may have seen) is a limb spreader, which is used to manipulate the young and pliable branches of fruit trees into desirable angles for optimal production.

And here’s one of the apple trees with the most gorgeous colored blossoms…

Elsewhere, the asparagus is still going strong…

The strawberries have shown first signs of life…

As have many flowers throughout the yard…

And in pots…

And the precious spring blooms have been showcased in vases, or in discarded bottles that were found in the woods last year…

Whatever works!


I did a separate post on my cooking endeavors this week, which you can read here.

A few other things to mention…

The Easter Bunny delivered a trio of robin babies in the garage last weekend…

And Baron got his spring shearing… From shaggy old man to young pup again… the magic of Border Terriers!


Emily and I talked about stress and how we deal with it on this week’s new episode of Nourish + Flourish. We also shared a bonus minisode to recap our trip to the Sensory Deprivation Tanks, which was a fun chat.

Over on ALL ABOUT IT, I got back in touch with my art history roots and talked about different types of paint throughout the ages.

Both shows have new episodes every Monday, and you can find each of them on iTunes/the Podcasts app if you’d like to subscribe.


Happy Friday everyone!

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Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.