Spring is Here

Happy April! And for those of you in the Pacific Northwest, repeat after me:

“April Showers Bring May Flowers”

Now every time a raindrop falls, repeat that over and over knowing that it will be true! For those of us who are super looking forward to the ability to press that shovel into the dirt (not mud- dirt), our time will soon be here. There are many plant options for us for our wet environment to take advantage of.
Our zone is screaming blooms right now, and the best part is- you don’t even really need a plan to be able to have a beautiful garden with color and form. This is a great time to tackle weeds before they head out. The dandelions are already peeking, and before long white fluffy heads of headaches will be floating in the air looking for places to make their home.

If you are starting your own garden anew, sometimes trying to figure out how to make everything seem full and fresh and come together can be daunting. The key is to group the plants together and use the rule of 3’s or or triangles to draw the eye in. Large bushes and trees and flowers around smaller ones. By spreading everything out your garden can look barren and scrawny and is more likely to allow weeds to grow tall and stretch out to spread.

The key is to group the plants together and use the rule of 3’s or or triangles to draw the eye in.

Linden Hill Gardens


“The key is to group the plants together and use the rule of 3’s or or triangles to draw the eye in.”



You can even take cuttings of your favorite more expensive plants to propagate your own! Sometimes all it takes is a little dirt and some patience to let that cutting form it’s roots (no peeking!). I am going to cover that in another post in the near future, but it’s pretty easy just takes a little time. Before you know it, you have a little clone of your original plant!

This is the time to pull your weeds and prepare the soil for your new garden. Pick up a soil tester to see what the PH is. Different plants need a different PH value, so it’s good to know if you need to stop by the Home & Garden store to pick up some lime to bring down the PH or if you need to toss in some coffee grounds to bring it up higher.

If you are unsure about what plants would work in your area, look around and see if there are any plant and seed swaps locally. In a plant and seed swap, people share leftover or extra plants and seeds they have with other people. This is a great way to learn things you never knew and meet new people, also.

If there isn’t one, consider starting one! Invite all those garden savvy friends of your with the green thumbs, and be sure to take pictures because it’s always interesting to see people with green fingers.

Coffee House Kitchen

There is one thing I have to say I really need every day, and that is coffee. The sweet boldness of it- the creaminess and energy giving fluid filling my mouth is absolutely something I crave first thing. I can safely say I’m a true coffee addict and believe it or not, that isn’t a bad thing. I am perpetually battling the ‘dark-side’ of ADHD, and coffee is my management of that! It also has many benefits such as it reduces your risk of developing diabetes, it’s high in antioxidants, and a whole other bunch of fun statistics.

The rustic coffee house look is home to me, and lucky me! My living room/ kitchen dining too. Area is very much accommodating to that style.

I have a long, black counter bar that seats 8 and a buffet in the dining room I designated my coffee area. Unfortunately the bar tends to collect daily living clutter be it mail or dishes or random things picked up off the floor or taken away from babies. Today I’m organizing everything into my glorious coffee house feeling!

I will update you as my progress goes since this is, after all, my accountability post! My plan is this:

– Start up and work my way down. First I clean the ceiling areas in the kitchen and degrease them as well as the top of the cabinets. I have a nifty little trick here for keeping the space at the top of cabinets clean as well as helping to brighten that dark space!

– Going to try and achieve that rustic homey glow at the top of the cabinets with decorations of wood, burlap, and DIY picture scene, as well as antique coffee and cooking ware. You can see some great ideas here.

– Replacing the bulbs of the lights over the bar to brighter ones.

– cleaning off and decorating the bar for that coffee shop feel!

Here are a few inspirational favorites!

Cafe Calabaria San Diego CA

Cafe Calabaria San Diego CA

Highland Coffee House in Cincinnati

Highland Coffee House in Cincinnati

Highland Coffee House in Cincinnati


Cafe Federal, AUS

Love this! Illy Coffee

Love the Banner! Insurance Coffee

There are a lot of ideas out there for rustic coffee shop feels!

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