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around my town: wipledale farm greenhouse

One of my first summer jobs was working at Wipledale Farm Greenhouse just up the road. Back then, it was about half the size that it has grown to be, and I had no idea what I was doing in regards to the plants. It was a summer job that I got through word of mouth and being in such a small town, that doesn’t take much. It is one of those jobs that I thoroughly enjoyed, but it was so long ago that I often forget that I worked there.

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I remember being excited to go to work on the days that I was scheduled – I used to play store ALL the time when I was a kid, so this part was like a dream come true. The cash register alone was reason to get up in the morning. ūüôā I would go in, tidy up the check-out area (which used to e right inside the first and main greenhouse), get cardboard trays stocked, water all of the plants which was so fun with those commercial sprayers, and check in with the owner by phone to see what else needed to be done. Some days we would do some planting and replanting in the upper greenhouse and other days it was just me in the main greenhouse waiting for customers.

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I read a lot that summer because, like any job, there were some days when there might have been one or two customers and all of the todos were checked off. I wish I could remember what all I read – I recall some sort of series I couldn’t seem to put down. What I should have done was go around and read labels so I could’ve learned something…. But then, of course, there were those days that were so slammed and I ended up totally frazzled and almost in tears with the owner on one end the phone, the customer waiting patiently in front of me and then me in the middle not knowing what the heck was going on. It seems that frazzles and tears are a personality trait of mine I just haven’t been able to shake….

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I look forward to going up there every spring to get some plants, and then a few times during the summer for flowers or veggies or herbs that I killed off with accidental dehydration (whoops). I enjoy walking around and seeing how the place changed since last season, much less looking at all of the insanely beautiful flowers that are everywhere. My favorites are the Fuschias and these little tiny peach flowers that are so dainty and sweet that I seek out every year. I enjoy chatting with the owner and her silly father if he’s around and catch up with what all of the families are up to. and most importantly, I enjoy supporting such a well-established, family-owned business in our community.

Do you have a go-to spot that you look forward to visiting every Spring for flowers or plants?

currently: may

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feeling overwhelmed and underwhelmed all at the same time.

filling in my most amazing planner to try and keep me on point with custom orders, projects, markets, and travel plans to keep those overwhelming feelings at bay. It’s helping a little, but this planner…omg….

remembering the fun and totally relaxing time spent at the Outer Banks with one of my oldest and dearest friends and her family.

wishing I was still back there

tearing through SO MANY BOOKS! I started Emma: A Modern Retelling while on vacation, after starting and completing The Rosie Project and Everything I Never Told You. Thinking about doing a mini book report post since I’m so crazy about books again.

planning our first Spring Market (see sidebar for flyer) on the farm on June 6th. We’ve added a few more vendors since the Holiday Market and excited about taking it outside to enjoy the warm weather. Let’s hope for no rain!

obsessed with the HBO series Getting On. It is so well-done, well-played, and overall brilliant. I don’t know what it is about it that makes it so worthy of pure infatuation…could be because¬†the first episode was about protecting a turd for a study and¬†then old ladies with their¬†potty mouths…but it is definitely one for a nice binge. So good.

cleaning out so.much.stuff. and want to clean out more.

making space for ‘new’ to come into my life to freshen things up a bit. I’ve written about the before, but sometimes I feel like I am suffocating in my own space. I try to follow rules from books or articles that I have read to make it more streamlined, but I think what works for me is a constant box by the front door for drop-ins. For now, that’s what is working on a daily basis when it’s not my main focus.

buying herbs for our herb spiral we are making outside of the classroom. I need to get some before and after pictures to show Рmy little students and I are so excited about it and anxious to get it completed.

pre-ordering the new album from my buddy Langhorne Slim & The Law due out in August. New music from favorite artists is always welcome around here.

decorating my “new” bedroom upstairs with a new rug, a new window shelf for plants (and a fan), and selectively chosen items for the walls. I’m trying to decide if I want to do a large gallery on one wall or prints/hangings dispersed throughout the room. I’m leaning more towards a gallery…thoughts?

spring has arrived.

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I was hanging around outside the other day and noticed that Spring is¬†popping up all around my yard and thought I would try out my new camera lens that my photographer niece Millie made me buy ;). While I am no photographer, I did enjoy focusing in on certain aspects and seeing how they came out. Some of them make me a little dizzy, but the new growth¬†is what we’re all supposed to be looking at, right?¬†I have seen beautiful signs of spring on my jaunts into town, but I just hadn’t taken a close look to what was going on right around me. Doesn’t that always seem to be the case?

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I vowed to myself that I was not going to be picky about what camera I use to take the pictures I post – that seemed to be a roadblock for me when thinking about posting in my old space – but I am not going to let that be a hinderance here. If I take a good picture with my iPhone (that, omg, got dropped in the toilet the other night but THANK GOODNESS it is back to normal…thanks to a bowl of basmati¬†rice), there is no reason why I shouldn’t use it and feel like that isn’t good enough to blog with. Oh the hang-ups of blogging…probably just excuses anyway….

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Ok, so back to my yard…this patch of Irises came from maybe 5 bulbs that my mom had pulled up and over the couple of years since I planted them, they have multiplied and really taking over an area where they have complete permission to do so. I always look forward to seeing how much they have spread out each year. Nothing like flower hand-me-downs!

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I’m sure you’ll be seeing the blooms from this flowering vine blowing up my Instagram pretty soon….

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And oh man, the lilac tree. I could even stop there…I feel like you already know what I’m talking about. You can seriously smell them coming up the road. Everybody always wants to cut them for their kitchen tables – and I let them. They are so amazing, and some years are better than others. Let’s keep out fingers crossed that this year will be a good one. Does anyone know much about guaranteeing good growth every year? I don’t know if it has to do with maintaining the tree or cutting it back every year or maybe it’s just up to good ol’ Mother Nature. I’d love some insight if you have it.

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And the tulips. Be still my heart. I planted these¬†around my sweet, first pup Roxy Sue’s gravesite right beside my house and this is the first year they are blooming. I saw them and lost my breath I was so happy that they grew in her space.

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And I just had to throw in one of my brother’s dog June Carter who I am keeping while they are out of town. It sure looks like she is enjoying the warm weather. I might get down and join her next time.