Slow Cooker Italian Potatoes

I don’t mean to bombard this blog with recipes, but during the winter I cook.  A lot. And since I can’t spend much time preparing a meal, my slow cooker is frequently  involved.   I love the fact I can throw food into a cooker, go about my business and have a nice meal or … Read more

It's Four O'Clock Somewhere

One of the most talked about flower on my Instagram and Facebook page is Mirabilis jalapa or the old-fashioned four o’clock flower. Four o’clocks were one of the first flowers I grew when we bought our first home.  I had mentioned to a coworker that I wanted to find a flower that grew quickly from seed and … Read more

Minding My Own Beeswax

Making beeswax from recycled materials. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2017/07/23/minding-my-own-beeswax/

Making honey is no small feat for a bee.  Foraging bees must first visit many flowers to collect nectar.  Then, it is brought to the hive where a worker bee takes the nectar and places it in one of the openings in the specially prepared comb.   Bees then fan the nectar with their wings to remove as much … Read more

A Pollinator-Friendly Garden

This time of year, the gardens are filling in nicely with a mixture of annuals and perennials.  When the summer heat begins to build, I usually devote my garden walks to the early morning or late evening (late evening being my favorite.)  During the day though, these plants provide several species of bees, wasps, flies, and … Read more

Outdoor Learning at the Ozark Natural Science Center

*this is a sponsored post In a traditional school, different subjects require different teaching methods.  I remember learning math with a big chalkboard and pencils with good erasers.  English and reading were done in quiet classrooms or libraries and science was hands-on in a lab permanently encapsulated in its own unique smell. Now, imagine yourself doing classwork in a … Read more

Time To Tidy Up

This time of year starts a frenzy of garden to-do lists.  Seed packets are organized, new seed varieties are studied, and plans are being made for the gardens.  Not much can be planted outside now, but the greenhouse space is already filling up. For my garden, ornamental grasses, climbing roses, and hydrangeas can be cut … Read more

Why Americans Should Be More Like Bees

https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/11/11/why-americans-should-be-more-like-bees/

I am a simple person, I am not a political person.  I never felt I was knowledgeable enough to debate any issues and I, for one, am glad the election is over. No one knows what is in store for our country but, for better or worse, the American people voted in a new president.  Tuesday, … Read more

I Hired Some Help This Summer

Greedy Goats at work. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/10/28/i-hired-some-help-this-summer/

I have a great view from my back porch.  But I have a slope just past the pool that is a grown up mess. A few trees were removed years ago to give the pool more sun which has allowed wild blackberries and poison ivy to thrive.  It was so grown up, the cows could not/would not … Read more