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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! Yesterday I travelled south to Charlotte with my Mom, Glenn, and Huxley. We went to visit my brother, his wife, their 2 year-old son, and their brand new baby, Mithcell Gray. Oh, what a sweet, soft, squishy, cuddle tiny guy. I still think of Huxley as our *baby* (and likely always will), but when I get a true baby in my arms, all just-shy-of-7-pounds of him, well, then I remember what a newborn actually feels like. Huxley was 5 pounds, 14 ounces when he was born, and 5 pounds, 5 ounces when we left the hospital 4 days later. Such a wee one! Congratulations to my brother and his family. Ain’t no love like baby love!

It’s Arbor Day today, one of my favorite holidays. Thank you, trees, for all you do! Treehugger, right here!!!! In honor and recognition of the occasion, I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge, where I’m chatting about Tree Planting 101. Head over there, get schooled on what’s-what when it comes to planting trees, and get on out there and put down some roots!

In other news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Inspired by all the wild violets here in the cove, I’m working on my own version of this.

*DIY ceramic plant tags. Love it!

*Honey-sweetened sparkling lemonade.

*Jen has had some lovely little items in her three Spring Faves round-ups this week.

*Excellent post from Max on how to Recycle All The Things.

*Linda has updated her super popular Homemade Chicken Feed, now corn-free!

*Ramp pizza! Fist pumps!!!

*Watched SkyFall last weekend (That! House! In! Scotland!), and, inspired by Agent Q, am fairly certain that I *need* these glasses, or these.

*Homestead Act profiles my buddy Sharon!

*Sandor Katz and his work are spoiled rotten, and we’re all the better for it!

We’re off to some plant sales today. Growing In the Mountains is happening at the WNC Farmer’s Market and Kenny’s Perennials, located at Jack Young Greenhouses, is having a special $3.75 sale on perennials. I’m looking for bee balm, anise hyssop, and maybe some mints. Come Sunday, I’ll be hosting a party all about wild foods, which should be a delicious romp. Let the weekend commence!

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*I always post a photo of Huxley here because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. Here he is in some photo outtakes for a post on building wild pollinator houses I’m working on for HGTV Gardens blog, part 1 of a five-part series I’m doing there on “Gardening With Children.”


2 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Alicia says:

    Ramp pizza!!?? Nice!!! I made a frittata with ramps last night.

  • Laura says:

    Thank you for that tree planting post. We just put two apricots in and did some stuff right, but not a lot. The post was really helpful, and I will use it as we are planning to put several more fruit trees. While we were planting the second tree the last week, a neighbor (whom we had never met) walked over and he is an arborist! We were so excited- he said he would come over sometime and teach us how to properly prune.