Tuesday Garden Party Kickoff! Garden Inspiration – 2/2/2015

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Tuesday Garden Party Kickoff! Garden Inspiration – 2/2/2015

Welcome to the first TGP of 2015! I’m very excited to be co-hosting this great party again with my blogging buddies. Even though the Groundhog says 6 more weeks of winter, I’m already working on my garden. I’ve been browsing seeds from all the lovely catalogs I’m delighted to find in the mail – click here to make sure you get all the good catalogs, too!

I ordered most of my seeds and have most of them already.  You can see what I ordered in this blog post! I still have to order from Baker Creek. Maybe I’ll get to that today.

I’ve been saving seed starting containers and gathering my seed starting supplies. It’s still too early to start seeds, but I’m preparing.

SimplifyLiveLove - an Iowa Homestead

I also want to share a few pictures of winter on a homestead in Eastern Iowa. It’s been such an odd winter – I’ll have a full post of gorgeous shots from a recent snowstorm soon, but join me for a look around our homestead. A couple weeks ago, after a particularly gloomy and dreary week, I woke up to gorgeous frost and fog al around our property. Enjoy the pictures!

SimplifyLiveLove - an Iowa Homestead

We have the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets – when the sun is shining of course. 😀 This is a sunrise shot.

SimplifyLiveLove - an Iowa Homestead

Even the chickens enjoyed the fog. That’s our passive house in the background. You can read an update on the progress here. I’ll share a new progress post in a couple week!

SimplifyLiveLove - an Iowa Homestead

Finally, this old house is across the dirt road from our homestead. I’m accepting applications for new neighbors! 😉 Just kidding, but our only other neighbor actually own this place and are deciding what to do with it. I love the way it looked the morning I took these photos.

Anyway – enough from me! On with the Tuesday Garden Party!

From Your Host for This Week – Jami @ An Oregon Cottage:

On behalf of Shelly, Brooke, Michelle, and me, we’d like to welcome you back to the Tuesday Garden Party! We hope your holidays were pleasant and that you’re ready for a new gardening season – or at least ready to dream and plan about it. 😉

January Garden Cleanup via An Oregon Cottage

This last weekend we had unseasonably warm weather here in Western Oregon (sorry those of you buried in snow!) – in fact we set a record on Saturday with a temperature of 68 degrees. Talk about inducing spring fever! I took advantage of it by spending an hour tidying up the areas closest to our house out back. I thought it was about time to rid our view of all the dead, brown potted plants and perennials that I didn’t get to in the fall before the frenzy of the holidays, wouldn’t you agree?

It didn’t take long – like I said about an hour – and I only filled a wheelbarrow, but it sure made a difference. Our view from the French doors and windows now is clean and neat – ready for the first bulbs to start blooming for spring. And the new green growth peeking out of the dirt is a sure sign.

Since this is our first link-up of the season, there aren’t any favorites to pick yet, so I thought I’d add this collage of 5 of my favorite plants that I posted last week:

Favorite Plants for Beds and Borders

And ask you guys to chime in, too: what are some of the plants you’d always have at least one of – and why?

Then, link up a post of yours, new or old about favorite plants, vegetable varieties, or what’s happening in your garden – we all love to see what you’ve got in store for us!

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