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Baby Birds!

Baby Birdies at Country Village Bothell Our physical storefront is located in a beautiful and unique shopping center called Country Village, in Bothell Washington.  There's all kinds of animals running around - from hens and roosters to rabbits, ducks and geese to a cage of doves, koi in the ponds, the sometime's seen herons, and more.  Kids of ALL ages love to come see all the animals, walk through the beautiful landscaped Village, hit the shops and the restaurants... well - you get the idea. :)

Baby Birdies at Country Village Shops

Last night as we were leaving, one of our neighboring shops (Country Blend) hollered to us from across the stree to come look at something - and to our delight, there was a new nest with tiny baby birds in it!  We got up on a table and zoomed in the video camera and caught the footage below.  We were trying to take pictures too, but needed the flash - and BOY did they go nuts every time that flash went off!

Enjoy!

Baby Birdies at Country Village Shops


New YouTube Channel!

We've got a new YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/weedpatchcntrystore), where we intend to showcase products, events, recipes, craft projects, gardening tips and tricks, general life fun stuff, and whatever else strikes our fancy!  Check it out, favorite and follow us, and let us know how we're doing!  

In the meantime, here's our "latest" (and first REAL video..!) video - an overview of the Dan DiPaolo "Family Table" dishes by Certified International..!


Bothell Farmers Market at Country Village Shops

Bothell Farmers Market at Country Village Shops

Summer is upon us (according to the calendar at least... hopefully the weather will follow suit soon!) and THAT means it's time for the Bothell Farmer's Market here at Country Village Shops!  Check out the official pages for vendor lists and details, but basically you NEED to be here on Fridays throughout the summer! :)  The market hours are "officially" 12pm - 6pm, but really they are generally here and ready earlier than that.

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Last week Janene, Ben and I walked through the market and we were very impressed with some of the vendors!  Of COURSE there are flowers, a veggies, plants, and produce... But there was also a brick oven pizza vendor (it smelled AMAZING, and looked perfect), handmade soaps, handmade pottery, handmade (dried) pastas, arts and crafts, and SO much more!  Without further ado, here's some pics from last week - come check THIS week out, support your local vendors and farmers, grab some fantastic deals, and have a blast all at the same time!

 

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The "Lavender Bed"

Lavender plants in our Lavender Bed

If you've seen pictures of our yard before, you may have noticed a hedge lining the driveway.  This hedge looked awful, and it seriously cramped my veggie growing style by blocking the sun.  I'm finding that I'm a "bit addicted" to the garden, but especially with regards to growing food - I find it fascinating and very rewarding to be able to plant my own food, and hopefully have a bountiful harvest that we can eat all summer long - and "put up" for the winter.

Lavender plants in our Lavender Bed

Anyway, one of the first projects I tackled this year was removing that hedge.  And once it was gone, BOY did the yard open up - but there was nothing there at all (funny how that works?).  So we planted some lavender, all the way down.  This spot is about 24 feet long, and a little over 2 feet wide (I think - it's dark out, and I don't feel like going out and measuring it...). And it's packed with lavender, spaced every 18" apart!  I know I'm going to have to move some of it as it grows in, but we're really excited for it to just take over and fill that space - we love lavender, and this will even give us some to pick (who knows, maybe dried lavender will make it in to the store!)

Lavender plants in our Lavender Bed

And the bees just love it, so that can only be good for the rest of the garden....

Do you like Lavender?  Is there a particular kind that's your favorite? Why do you love it?


The Garden is aBuzz!

It's so wonderful to walk out our front door, onto our front porch, on our (mostly) quiet street, and hear a steady buzz... because the bees are at it, doing their job and pollinating away!

Our chives have flowered, and they're beautiful!  The Colombine that we need to get back to the store is in bloom, our new lavender is blooming, our big rhodi that we inherited with the house is in full color, and those wonderful bees are bouncing from one to the next, spreading the golden love from plant to plant!

Soon, our new garden bed(s) will be done, and all the new veggies will be planted.  And then we'll be working to incorporate some beautiful flowers and plants that will help keep the bees happy, and keep them buzzing all over our yard!  

It's just a perfect Spring / Summer sound!

Do you like bees in your garden?  
What are your favorite ways to attract bees and keep their attention?


Happy Birthday Esther Cunningham!

Yesterday was owner Esther Cunningham's birthday!  Janene and Chris, and Janene's parents Esther and Don all own the store together.  Esther is generally up during Friday's and Saturdays behind the counter, and she's our internet order processor and shipper. 

Ben picked her flowers from the Farmer's Market (no, I wasn't smart enough to take a picture of the flowers this time around... *sigh*), and we made her a nice homemade stroganoff dinner and got her a special ice cream treat.  

While she worked yesterday at the store (it was a raw deal, we know - it was also one of our only days off in the last two weeks!), we're pretty sure she had fun and a great day - she was sure in a wonderful happy mood all day!

If you didn't get to tell her Happy Birthday, be sure to pass that along the next time you talk to her!  She truly loves our customers - and most of them have become personal friends with her - so we know it would mean a lot.

In the meantime, here's a wonderful series of pictures that I (Chris) took a couple of summers ago.  It's some of my favorite pics of mom - not because they're funny (they are), but because they perfectly sum up her wonderful, happy personality. :)  Caught off guard, and then finding it funny.  One a side note, we have posted MANY photos of her beautiful home and yard, including some great lavender pictures that became desktop backgrounds...

So, a bit of a tribute to a woman that I love and respect; who (despite being my mom-in-law) is one of my best friends, is always fun, always up for something new to do, and who lives life with an unexplainable and sometimes silly optimistic streak.  Mom, we love you, we thank you for being so involved in our lives, and we wouldn't have it any other way.


We Have PLANTS at The Weed Patch!!!

A little over a week ago we started getting some of our plants in to the store, and we're just SO excited!  Part of our thrill is, of course, directly related to everything we're doing at home in the yard - and it's fun to see what some of our options are at the store.  But that's not all - we've got some amazing prices on our plants, as customers have pointed out recently.  Since the back patio isn't yet finished and opened (still have to clean it up and fix the roof...!), our current options are lined up ready for you to browse as you walk in the front door of the store - and we must admit, we think it looks pretty darn great!

We've got both annuals and perennials - from Osteospermum and fuschias (the non-hardy variety for hanging baskets) to bleeding hearts, hostas, lilys, Peonys, a killer Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan) that grows SIX FEET TALL, Fuschias (the hardy variety), and SO much more... now is a great time to come in to the store!

Do you have a garden at home? What's your favorite plant(s)?


The First Harvest of 2011!

Last night I had a salad, with lettuce picked straight from the garden.  Which is silly, as we've had lettuce, spinach, arugula, and more for quite some time - but we just haven't had time to enjoy it.  So today I got some tomatoes from the store, since ours are just starts at this point; I got some chicken tenders, too.  Fresh carrots, some celery, a hard boiled egg, and some honey mustard dressing (I LOVE Lighthouse brand...) completed the tasty treat.  It was so big I had to eat it out of our mixing bowl, and I cleaned it up.  I also picked a couple of sugar snap peas to munch on, because I just couldn't wait to try them - and they were great!  There's a ton of peas that are all of a sudden ripening, the carrots just had a major growth spurt, and the chard is also almost ready!  In another post (soon) I'll tell you about our new goodies to go in the ground, but in the meantime - here's some updated pics from the garden.