The Gardens at Moss Mountain

As one would expect from P. Allen Smith’s  Moss Mountain Farm, his gardens were absolutely incredible.  Mr. Smith led the garden tour and I’m sure he was telling everyone about all the different species and wonderful tidbits about each plant. Me?  I started out in the front of the line and somehow ended up being … Read more

Small Town USA–Part Two

The next day of our trip found us in Hardy, AR. Hardy sits next to the Spring River and was established as a result of booming railroad construction in the late 1880’s. Now with a population of less than 800, Hardy boasts many antique stores along with many talented artists that display metal work, pottery, … Read more

Garden Happenings

Despite the cooler weather, the garden is beginning to grow. The lettuce and broccoli are loving the cooler temps, but the tomatoes and peppers are wishing for more heat. I’ve been trying to use companion plants to keep bugs at bay and help with increased yields and flavors. Borage planted with tomatoes is said to … Read more

Meanwhile, While the Snow Melts….

I’ll grab my blanket and hot chocolate and tell you about another interesting landmark in Arkansas. First of all, several well-known entrepreneurs have emerged from the Northwest Arkansas area.  We are known as the home and headquarters of Wal-Mart (founded in 1962), Tyson’s Foods (1935), and J.B. Hunt Transport (1961). And, although these folks were pioneers in their day, … Read more

Oark General Store and Cafe

You know by now that finding out of the way spots to eat becomes #1 priority when we travel. When we started travelling by motorcycle, we knew that interstates or major highways were out.  Why would we travel on such a boring road with all those eighteen wheelers?   So, we did a little ciphering and … Read more

There's a New Bird in Town

Our little dental office has large windows in each room.  We have 3 bird feeders in the tree that we, along with our patients, enjoy watching. We have a variety of birds that include finches, chickadees, downy woodpeckers, and cardinals to name a few. My co-worker spotted an unusual bird at our office today.  It … Read more

A Seed with History

Every fall I become this hoarder of seeds, a crazy woman yielding pruners and brown paper sacks wherever I go.  No yard is safe from the crazy seed lady.  I am unable to stop myself.  I must have more seeds, I chant with eyes glazed. This is especially true when milkweed (Asclepias sp.) is involved. Milkweed is one of … Read more