I grow many different plants in my small downtown garden here in Prescott. And because of our high desert climate it can be interesting to learn what works, how to help each plant be at it's spectacular best, and at the same time make it a fun and manageable landscape.
Most of what I grow here would easily be characterized as water-wise, possibly native, cottage garden plants, and the vast majority as herbs. Some are all four, but not always.
They always say: know your climate (or your zone) when planning a garden. In other words, pick plants that will have a high chance for success in your particular corner of the world. I promise this will make it more successful and infinitely more enjoyable.
Those of you who are unable or unwilling to devote a lot of time and energy to your garden will thank me for introducing you to this week’s featured plant. Actually known as an herb that thrives on neglect, clary sage is a showy, fragrant, easy-to-grow favorite with abundant medicinal and herbal properties.
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National Simplicity Day is today, every year on the 12th of July.
This is sort of a special "holiday" for us here at The Whiskey Porch because it's at the core of what we are all about. After all, our tag line is "cultivating contentment & possibility in a smaller, simpler & more beautiful lifestyle."
And, now more than ever, it just feels like we are all seeking refuge and inspiration to lift our spirits as we recover from this wild insanity of the last few years. So it goes without saying, that finding pleasure and calm in simple ideas is something many of us are striving for now.
The celebration originated in honor of Henry David Thoreau, who lived in Concord, Massachusetts from July 12, 1817 to 1862.
First, who was he, and why does it matter? And then, I've got 5 Great Ways for You to Celebrate Simplicity Day.
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This time of year, when the abundance is fresh, I like to feature a few plants that I grow, and recommend for the Prescott high desert climate.
Most of these would easily be characterized as water-wise, possibly native, cottage garden plants, and the vast majority as herbs. Some are all four, but not always.
Today, I'm featuring a lovely and tough cottage garden plant that is water-wise, and is considered an herb offering various health and well-being benefits: Monarda. And in this case it's Monarda didyma.
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Summer is in full swing here in the high country of Northern Arizona. And, for me that means that I'm between blooms on my clematis vines.
The varieties that I'm growing put out a huge flush in late spring and since I pruned the vines, they should flower again in late summer or early fall. I'm hopeful, and meanwhile I wanted to share a little bit about this wonderful plant along with images from my spring flush.
Bend low again, night of summer stars.
From Smoke and Steel, by Carl Sandburg, 1920.
However you celebrate, be sure it's outdoors and slow down to really observe and find the beauty all around you. Let me know in the comments below what you think about this sweet poem and what you did to celebrate!
Tomorrow is International Picnic Day, not that we need a special holiday to make a picnic worthy of celebrating.
And since we want to share time with Dad on Sunday, I think we should all spend the day outside with our family and friends enjoying a picnic. There's nothing that sounds bad about that, right? Consider that aside from some well-earned downtime, there are health and general wellness benefits too!!
Keep reading to see my list of local Prescott picnic-worthy spots.
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It was a really neat property - 1.2 acres, full of large oak trees, a large spanish-style home with full access to a 10 acre riparian reserve with a seasonal creek, large cottonwood trees, and lots of wildlife.
Thing is, it was situated on a local neighborhood road that was a main route to the nearby elementary school. And although the property offered so much nature and beauty, it didn't have any privacy at all from the street.
Keep reading to find out about:
- The Ask
- And After
I remember spending time in the Pasadena California area house hunting for a possible job move decades ago and just being hypnotically drawn to the older bungalows that abound there. I didn't know then, but it was a truly American architectural style that was also common all over San Francisco where I'd lived most of my life.
Looking back, the feature that always caught my eye first and drew me in, was the front porch.
And now, owning and living in a 1924 craftsman bungalow in northern Arizona, I find myself excited beyond words that we opened up the front porch which had been enclosed somewhere in the 60's or 70's. We started that whole renovation project in summer 2019, and it wasn't really finished until summer 2021, but it was so worthwhile. (You can find out more about that project here: Juniper Hill Cottage.)
It feels glorious to be in that space now without the constraint of the walls and windows. Friends and neighbors come into the space and just marvel at how delicious it is. We try to imagine why anyone would have chosen to enclose this fabulous space.
Every chance we get, which is pretty much daily, we end the day on this exceptional front porch. Never get tired of it or the view.
I often find myself wondering --
So I thought I'd write a piece to explore the idea.
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It's not about being perfect, or impressive or huge, but an authentic and lived-in porch that makes it feature-worthy.
Although it's spring here, we have some pretty wild swings from day to day and week to week. That's the nature of spring in the high country of Arizona.
I've got a couple more downtown porches on deck and if you're interested in having yours featured, keep scrolling to find out how.
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Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.
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