Category Archives: Country Living

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FARMHOUSE TOUR ~ Peonies and Orange Blossoms

 

I love this Farmhouse tour that I ran across on Peonies & Orange Blossoms.  This is a decor and lifestyle  blog about European-influenced decor, fashion and travel.  There is also some pretty good recipes so be sure to check it out.

The photos below are just a few of the tour.  You can check out the entire post HERE.

Touring a French farmhouse

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NEW TROPICAL LANDSCAPING & WHAT’S GROWING NOW

 

This has been an amazing spring in the garden.  I was making pickles by the end of April and the peaches were large and sweet. Having a warm winter has allowed me to get plants in the ground much earlier than normal.

My mother has been redoing the landscaping in her yard in an attempt to give it a more tropical feel.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

 

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How to Grow ~ PEACHES

Peach trees are not hard to grow but it does seem like it takes forever before they produce fruit.

If you are reading this, it’s probably because you were looking for information on growing peaches.  You have probably read several articles ( I usually read at least ten) on how to successfully grow them, planting techniques, and basically how to keep them from dying.

We have apples, plums, and peach trees.  The small tree in the foreground is a red delicious apple tree that I purchased from Lowe’s last year and I have managed to keep it alive for the past year.  There are also two small peach trees and two apple trees in the photo above.  The peaches on these trees are tiny and I have no idea if they will mature into an edible fruit.

On the other hand, below is a huge peach tree was full of peaches this year.  The most amazing thing about this peach tree is that it was not a purchased tree but grown from a peach from the grocery store.

My mother can grow almost anything and when she bit into one of the best peaches she had ever eaten, she saved the seed and planted it.  Just goes to show you that it doesn’t take a lot of money to have a fruit orchard, just a lot of patience.

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FARMHOUSE TOUR ~ An Inspired Nest

 

gorgeous farmhouse style bedroom:

I love Farmhouses and am always on the lookout for home tours and DIY projects.  I love white and gray so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with this bedroom.

Of course, I had to find the website that this bedroom belonged to and that is how I discovered The Inspired Nest. I know after you see the pictures below that you will want to hop on over and check out her site.

 

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Cashews & Poison Ivy and what they have in common.

 

I think somewhere in my life, I have read about how we get cashews.  The thing that puzzles me is why I didn’t remember this information.  Seriously, this weird nut grows on the bottom of a “cashew apple.”  How can you forget something so bizarre?

The apple portion is actually an accessory fruit and the nut hangs beneath the apple. Even weirder, the nut isn’t actually a nut in a botanical sense, it’s actually a seed.

The red and yellow apples can be eaten but they are very delicate and do not ship well. They are made into juices, jams and liqueur.

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