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A Moveable Feast

10 Mar

Spring waits for no man.  My vegetable seeds are calling to me from the garage, wailing “Plant me noowww“.  In my last post I mentioned I am renting a house until I find the right one to buy.  As such, I have been researching a garden bed that I can plant, tend and then pack up and take with me when it’s time to go.  It needs to be light, easy to move and extremely affordable. I thought I’d share some of the ideas I came across in my research.



Idea #1:  A Truck Garden.  Great mobility.  Maybe a bit…too much.



Part of a project by film makers
Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis.
Photo from www.greenupgraders.com


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Huh? What Is That Your Rose Just Said?

3 Feb

 Victorian Language of FlowersMy garden sighs longingly with a heavy yearning that murmurs quietly up stems of faithfulness held straight and true by deep-rooted perseverance, and eases into tightly folded, pent-up buds.  From there it throws itself upon the windy strains of gossip floating amidst ivory magnolias (perseverance), nodding camellia (longing) and fragrant lemons blossoms (fidelity).

No, I have not been reading too many fortune cookies with rolled up paper slips foretelling my future!  I’m learning about Victorian gardens and culture, which was so modest and restrained that emotions were often communicated indirectly through symbolism, such as the  “language of flowers”.  Messages were encoded by choosing certain flowers to compose a bouquet.  Yet strangely, when I apply this language to the flowers in my garden, it tells a fairly accurate tale.  I do having longing, faithfulness and perseverance.  I long to bring several creative visions to fruition, a desire supported by deep roots of perseverance and devotion to my dreams, beliefs, ethics, family and friends.

So it might just be fun to see what the flowers and herbs you’ve chosen for your garden mean!  Are they warning of deceitful danger nearby? Proclaiming an exuberant “welcome“?  A “decoder”  list of their Victorian meanings resides at Wikipedia: Language of Flowers.  At least it could save you from mistakenly sending a bouquet claiming undying love. Conversely, if you do want to send one this Valentine’s day, you’ll know how!

A few examples:

nuts – stupidity (perhaps the origin of the phrase “he/she’s nuts”?)

verbena – pray for me

clematis – ingenuity

marjoram – happiness

bluebell – humility, gratitude

wisteria – welcome

violet – let’s take a chance on happiness

merry marigold seed packet template

26 Dec Free Printable Merry Marigold Seed Packet

free printable marigold seed packets.

I hope you enjoy these free seed packets!

I created the template in Microsoft Word, compatible with versions 95 and forward. You can hand write your own message in the “notes” area, or delete the lines and type in your own message, choosing your own font type, size and color.

Following are the instructions.


Printer-friendly instructions for free printable marigold seed packets.


1) First, get the template by clicking on this link:

free printable merry marigolds seed packets

Template for Free Printable Marigold Seed Packet

2) Personalize the packet by typing in your own message in Microsoft Word, if you’d like.  In the “notes” area, simply left click on each line and then press delete.  This will give you space to type your own message.  Or, leave the lines and add a personal touch by hand writing your message.

3) Print your packets. Set the page orientation on your printer to portrait and your margins to one inch all around. Load your paper (I used 67 lb, but any kind is fine).  Select the number of copies you wish to make, keeping in mind that two packets will print per page.  So for example, if you want 10 packets then print five pages.

4) Cut along the outside borders of your packets.

5) Fold the “wings” (flaps) along the bottom and each side toward the back side.  Then fold the packet in half, along the line where the front and back meet, and fold down the top cover.  Use a ruler to make a sharp crease in each  fold.

6) Glue each flap to the packet, and then glue the sides of the packet together.  Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.

7) Add seeds to the packet and fold down the top cover.

These seed packets are completely free, and your information is not requested in order to use them (i.e. name, email, etc.) Copyright permission is granted for non-commercial use only. Please do not link directly to the template, but feel free to link to this page using the following url:  https://lifeisjustagarden.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/merry-marigold-seed-packet-template.


Happy Sowing!