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If only. ...
An unedited look at the western, evening sun through today’s smoke blanket. As creepy as this looks, it hardly expresses the truth of the blood sun we experienced tonight.  My entire cardiovascular system is breaking. ...
#skagitvalley #pacificnorthwest #fireseason2018 #theskysgoneout #bloodsun #summer #wildfiresmoke #thewestisonfire #climatechange πŸ’¨ πŸŒ… πŸ”₯πŸ’”πŸ˜·
Fire on smoke. ...
Everything is extra dry & ashy & tired this August. At night, through closed windows, we hear owls crying a strange call. At dawn, wildfire smoke blots out all but a few eerie moments of sunrise on what would otherwise be a sparkling blue summer day. Then, a dense, heavy gray settles in, casting strange orange shadows. I carry that sense of β€œit’s going to rain,” knowing it won’t. Rather, we shut ourselves into a hot house & pray the winds will shift & our skies & chests will clear. ...
#pacificnorthwest #summer #wildfires #fireseason #thewestisburning #theskysgoneout #climatechange #thenewnormal #breathe πŸ’¨πŸŒ… πŸ”₯ 😞 πŸ¦‰
Fire on smoke. ... Everything is extra dry & ashy & tired this August. At night, through closed windows, we hear owls crying a strange call. At dawn, wildfire smoke blots out all but a few eerie moments of sunrise on what would otherwise be a sparkling blue summer day. Then, a dense, heavy gray settles in, casting strange orange shadows. I carry that sense of β€œit’s going to rain,” knowing it won’t. Rather, we shut ourselves into a hot house & pray the winds will shift & our skies & chests will clear. ... #pacificnorthwest  #summer  #wildfires  #fireseason  #thewestisburning  #theskysgoneout  #climatechange  #thenewnormal  #breathe  πŸ’¨πŸŒ… πŸ”₯ 😞 πŸ¦‰
Scent-ilating. ... Thank goodness for pungent lilies like this Lilium speciosum album, especially on days like today. Their delicate perfume welcomes us at the front door, from a shady corner, despite the hideous reek of wildfire permeating summer. ...
#flowers #lily #gardenoffragrantdelights #inmyfrontyard #flora #pacnw #garden #gardening  #summer #wildfireseason #climatechange πŸ’¨ 😞
August trail walk Sunday. ...
Join us on the trail today for an easy, free, guided nature walk. Get in tune with native plants & non-natives like this one that have redeeming edible, medicinal & pollinator properties.  Meet at the @padilla_bay_reserve upland trailhead today at 10am. ... #skagitvalley #padillabay #nature #flora #fauna #hiking #nwwonderland #pacnw #familyfriendly #forest #trees #growyourownfood #growyourownmedicine #pollinatorplants #whenweedsarewonderful #foodforest 🌳 πŸŒ²πŸŒ±πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ’š
August trail walk Sunday. ... Join us on the trail today for an easy, free, guided nature walk. Get in tune with native plants & non-natives like this one that have redeeming edible, medicinal & pollinator properties. Meet at the @padilla_bay_reserve upland trailhead today at 10am. ... #skagitvalley  #padillabay  #nature  #flora  #fauna  #hiking  #nwwonderland  #pacnw  #familyfriendly  #forest  #trees  #growyourownfood  #growyourownmedicine  #pollinatorplants  #whenweedsarewonderful  #foodforest  🌳 πŸŒ²πŸŒ±πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ’š
Green goddess chip. ...
Nasturtiums are a must-grow in our gardens. They lure aphids from other plants, pretty up the place, perfume the air, self-reseed, feed pollinators, & provide edible flowers that look fantastic in salads & make vinegars extra flavorful & flu-busting. Plus, it’s easy to transform their abundant leaves into beautiful, quick no-bake chips. We can’t stop gobbling them up! Drop by our popup shop 11-1 today for samples & more info. DM for location. ...
#gardening #skagitvalley #98273 #98232 #growyourownfood #growyourownmedicine #flowers #nasturtium #healingplants #edibleplants #gardenoffragrantdelights #lowcarb #snacktacular #flora #localflowers πŸ’šπŸ˜‹πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ±
Green goddess chip. ... Nasturtiums are a must-grow in our gardens. They lure aphids from other plants, pretty up the place, perfume the air, self-reseed, feed pollinators, & provide edible flowers that look fantastic in salads & make vinegars extra flavorful & flu-busting. Plus, it’s easy to transform their abundant leaves into beautiful, quick no-bake chips. We can’t stop gobbling them up! Drop by our popup shop 11-1 today for samples & more info. DM for location. ... #gardening  #skagitvalley  #98273  #98232  #growyourownfood  #growyourownmedicine  #flowers  #nasturtium  #healingplants  #edibleplants  #gardenoffragrantdelights  #lowcarb  #snacktacular  #flora  #localflowers  πŸ’šπŸ˜‹πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ±
Pop up/Pop in. ...
Pop up is open for the next couple hours. Just sold this planter, so hurry if you want the others! Lots of new goodies. DM for address. ...
#skagitvalley #gardening #garagesale #antiques #fineart #fineartphotography
Pop up shop open this Friday & Saturday! ...
#skagitvalley #popup #popupshop 🐸 πŸ›’ 🌱
Immunity weeding. ...
In late June on a very damp day, Kula dog came inside with her thick collie fur embedded with a bazillion cleaver burrs. After picking her clean, I gathered armfuls of cleavers (Galium aparine) from the garden, stickered myself with plenty of burrs & made a huge kitchen mess juicing my harvest for a fresh & preserved lymphatic boost drink. Too I infused another armful in oil for the skin support salve I made today. Not my favorite plant to work with, but better to use it in a controlled manner than have it wreak havoc in the collies’ coats. ...
#whenweedsarewonderful #isthataweedorwhat #growyourownfood #growyourownmedicine #diy #maker #cleavers #galium #eatyourweeds #kuladog #flora #garden #gardening #apothecary #canon #canonphotography πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ±πŸ’š
Immunity weeding. ... In late June on a very damp day, Kula dog came inside with her thick collie fur embedded with a bazillion cleaver burrs. After picking her clean, I gathered armfuls of cleavers (Galium aparine) from the garden, stickered myself with plenty of burrs & made a huge kitchen mess juicing my harvest for a fresh & preserved lymphatic boost drink. Too I infused another armful in oil for the skin support salve I made today. Not my favorite plant to work with, but better to use it in a controlled manner than have it wreak havoc in the collies’ coats. ... #whenweedsarewonderful  #isthataweedorwhat  #growyourownfood  #growyourownmedicine  #diy  #maker  #cleavers  #galium  #eatyourweeds  #kuladog  #flora  #garden  #gardening  #apothecary  #canon  #canonphotography  πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ±πŸ’š
Smoky & the bandit. ... Summer smoke seems to be the new summer western normal. Last year I began sporting the damp bandanna look once my chest ached from breathing pollution. I’m not waiting that long this year. We’ve got worse air quality than Beijing, so here’s hoping the onshore flow kicks in soon to blow this smoke out. And, ideally, brings some rain to put out the fires. ...
#pacnw #fireseason #thewestisburning #smokyandthebandit #breathe πŸ’¨ 🌧 πŸ”₯ πŸ’€πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ
Smoky & the bandit. ... Summer smoke seems to be the new summer western normal. Last year I began sporting the damp bandanna look once my chest ached from breathing pollution. I’m not waiting that long this year. We’ve got worse air quality than Beijing, so here’s hoping the onshore flow kicks in soon to blow this smoke out. And, ideally, brings some rain to put out the fires. ... #pacnw  #fireseason  #thewestisburning  #smokyandthebandit  #breathe  πŸ’¨ 🌧 πŸ”₯ πŸ’€πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ
I dub thee: Forest Reviver. ...
I harvested young Doug fir tips in spring. Infused vodka with them. I harvested a bunch of invasive blackberries last week & transformed them into a raw honey syrup. These I shook together with ice, lemon & lemon verbena. It’s kinda weird & mysteriously woodshoppy & Christmas mixed with summer. I think I like it. ...
#happyhour #cocktails #eatyourweeds #growyourownfood #foodforest #dougfir #blackberry #craftcocktails #forestreviver 🍸 🌲 🍯 πŸ‹ πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ πŸŽ„
I dub thee: Forest Reviver. ... I harvested young Doug fir tips in spring. Infused vodka with them. I harvested a bunch of invasive blackberries last week & transformed them into a raw honey syrup. These I shook together with ice, lemon & lemon verbena. It’s kinda weird & mysteriously woodshoppy & Christmas mixed with summer. I think I like it. ... #happyhour  #cocktails  #eatyourweeds  #growyourownfood  #foodforest  #dougfir  #blackberry  #craftcocktails  #forestreviver  🍸 🌲 🍯 πŸ‹ πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ πŸŽ„
A rose is a tomato is a plum. ...
Rosa rugosa hips are ripening now. This non-native plant often goes rogue, thriving in beach settings. Probably that’s why its hips are nicknamed β€œbeach tomatoes.” Their thick, sweet, vitamin C packed flesh tastes like plum. As with all wild foods, take care eating these though! The hairy interior seeds are not to be consumed. ... #rose #rosa #rosarugosa #wildplants #foraging #takeonlywhatyouneed #getoutside #wherethewildthingsare #whenweedsarewonderful #flora #beachtomato 🌹🏝 πŸ… πŸ‘πŸ’šπŸ€”πŸ˜‹
A rose is a tomato is a plum. ... Rosa rugosa hips are ripening now. This non-native plant often goes rogue, thriving in beach settings. Probably that’s why its hips are nicknamed β€œbeach tomatoes.” Their thick, sweet, vitamin C packed flesh tastes like plum. As with all wild foods, take care eating these though! The hairy interior seeds are not to be consumed. ... #rose  #rosa  #rosarugosa  #wildplants  #foraging  #takeonlywhatyouneed  #getoutside  #wherethewildthingsare  #whenweedsarewonderful  #flora  #beachtomato  🌹🏝 πŸ… πŸ‘πŸ’šπŸ€”πŸ˜‹
Chard guard. ... It’s the season of baby tree frogs everywhere. I hope this one decides to stay on the smart side of the chicken town fence. ...
#gardening #growyourownfood #garden #frog #frogsofinstagram #pacificchorusfrog #totem #itsgoodtobegreen #inmyfrontyard #vegetablegarden #eatyourgreens #skagitvalley #farmlife #lesslawnmorefood πŸΈπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ±πŸ’š
Totally tubular! ...
One of our gardening retreat workshop attendees discovered this tree frog living in a Bilbergia. Such a fun find. Such a great group & fantastic day! Thanks to all who came & helped with such a wonderful day of celebrating Mother Nature! ...
#frog #skagitvalley #gardening #lifelonglearning #nature #flora #fauna #totem #wildlife #getoutside #wherethewildthingsare #igetbywithalilhelpfrommyfriends #frogsofinstagram #pnw #inmyfrontyard πŸΈπŸŒ±πŸ’šπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ
Totally tubular! ... One of our gardening retreat workshop attendees discovered this tree frog living in a Bilbergia. Such a fun find. Such a great group & fantastic day! Thanks to all who came & helped with such a wonderful day of celebrating Mother Nature! ... #frog  #skagitvalley  #gardening  #lifelonglearning  #nature  #flora  #fauna  #totem  #wildlife  #getoutside  #wherethewildthingsare  #igetbywithalilhelpfrommyfriends  #frogsofinstagram  #pnw  #inmyfrontyard  πŸΈπŸŒ±πŸ’šπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ
In the thick of it. ... Hot, shortening days. And the leaves are beginning to turn & crisp & drop. The air smells of blackberry & dry grass & dusty smoke. High summer, just past prime. ...
#gardening #pacnw #summer #forest #inthethickofit #inmyfrontyard πŸ’š
Shake it off. ...
The cedar waxwings  are lingering. They’re such sweet, entertaining, funny little bandit lovebirds.  I hope they make our garden a summer vacation tradition. ...
#skagitvalley #birds #cedarwaxwings #pondlife #forest #shakeitoff #bughunter #mosquitoeater #wildlife #inmyfrontyard #wildlifephotography #canon #canonphotography #birdsofinstagram πŸŒ²πŸ’š 🐦
Nocino, day 1. ... I’m a bit late to the table, but thanks to my friend @nicolevojkovich & family, I got my hands on some green walnuts today. Added lemon & orange zest, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon & vodka. Gave it a shake & watched it go a murky, beautiful chartreuse. Fingers crossed the fruits weren’t too far along. Pretty stuff that should go black in a few weeks. ...
#skagitvalley #nocino #diy #walnut #igetbywithalittlehelpfrommyfriends #diy #liqueur πŸ‹ 🍊 🌳 πŸΈπŸ€žπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ
Nocino, day 1. ... I’m a bit late to the table, but thanks to my friend @nicolevojkovich & family, I got my hands on some green walnuts today. Added lemon & orange zest, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon & vodka. Gave it a shake & watched it go a murky, beautiful chartreuse. Fingers crossed the fruits weren’t too far along. Pretty stuff that should go black in a few weeks. ... #skagitvalley  #nocino  #diy  #walnut  #igetbywithalittlehelpfrommyfriends  #diy  #liqueur  πŸ‹ 🍊 🌳 πŸΈπŸ€žπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ
Do hens drool? ...
Chickentown is adjacent to our main vegetable garden where baby watermelons, foot long cukes & delicate lettuces grow just out of peckerhead reach. They watch as I harvest, train & water, pacing the fence line & begging for scraps. Occasionally a broccoli leaf succumbs to a long neck peck & yes, they do get fresh veg treats. But, they’ll only get watermelon peel when the time comes! ...
#skagitvalley #farmlife #chickens #hens #vegetablegarden #gardening #watermelon #growyourownfood #polishchicken πŸ“ πŸ‰πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ±
Do hens drool? ... Chickentown is adjacent to our main vegetable garden where baby watermelons, foot long cukes & delicate lettuces grow just out of peckerhead reach. They watch as I harvest, train & water, pacing the fence line & begging for scraps. Occasionally a broccoli leaf succumbs to a long neck peck & yes, they do get fresh veg treats. But, they’ll only get watermelon peel when the time comes! ... #skagitvalley  #farmlife  #chickens  #hens  #vegetablegarden  #gardening  #watermelon  #growyourownfood  #polishchicken  πŸ“ πŸ‰πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ±
Pecking order interrupted. ...
Georgia wears blinders now. She developed an unquenchable taste for feathers & pecknomore sauce. Now she’s bottom of the hen house. I think she needs some googlie eyes though. ...
#badchicken #feathereater #peckingorder #googlieeyes #farmlife #chickens πŸ“πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ‘¨β€πŸŒΎπŸ€ͺ πŸ‘€ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡ͺ
Pecking order interrupted. ... Georgia wears blinders now. She developed an unquenchable taste for feathers & pecknomore sauce. Now she’s bottom of the hen house. I think she needs some googlie eyes though. ... #badchicken  #feathereater  #peckingorder  #googlieeyes  #farmlife  #chickens  πŸ“πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ‘¨β€πŸŒΎπŸ€ͺ πŸ‘€ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡ͺ