Happenings At The Center: May 21, 2016

elk-heard-webThe past couple of weeks have had us doing some concentrated work on the garden to have it ready for planting this coming week. Mr. Sam has truly outdone himself with his dedication and efforts. What was just an old overgrown fenced area is now shaping up to be an awesome garden to grow wholesome quality food in. We have six raised beds that are 4 x 8 x 12 high and one that is 4 x 8 x 24 and one that is 2 x 8 x 24. Then, added to that, there are over 30 tires ready to receive plants as well. Finally, the open area from where the old garden was is being rototilled even as I write this to be ready to receive corn and winter squash seeds. Before we put in the plants, we have to take the time to get the fence put up and we will be doing that in the next few days. If you would like to help us in our efforts to help feed those in need through our

Garden of Giving, you can make your donations through our GoFundMe page:

The roses are coming. We have been doing a lot of work on the rose garden on the east side of the back yard and have it ready to receive the roses. Good thing too. We have 17 bare root roses along with another eight roses that we bought on our last trip to town. There are ragosa roses to make a hedge, four climbing roses we hope to train to go over the stair case down to the back yard over an arch. There are white, yellow, red, bi-color, orange, lavender and more. We hope the post hole digger will help to make planting the roses easier. So we are going to be busy with planting this week.

This week will be a fun week for us here at the Center. My brother, whom I haven’t seen in over 18 years will be coming up for a visit for a few days. We are hoping to take him to some of the amazing scenic rides and places near us. We are looking at taking a day and going up to Glacier National Park, and another to do the drive around Lake Kookanooska. And, one of my most favorite places Ross Creek Cedars where there are cedar trees that are nearly 1000 years old. It is an amazing place and visiting it in the spring when the creeks are still running is amazing. You can feel the life and the energy just radiating from the trees. While we may not have 1000 year old trees here at the Center, we do have some amazing Grand Fir, Tamarack (Larch), Ponderosa Pine, Alder, Cottonwood and more. Since he has an SLR I am hoping we will be able to get better pictures so that you can better see what we have to offer for you.

back-house-viewThe blessings continue! We have found a few plants of snow on the mountain that we will be able to transplant and use as part of the landscaping. It is a lovely ground cover plant that shows the lushness of the foliage nicely. And, speaking of planting, we will be putting up a living sun screen for the patio. Morning glories will provide a cooling screen of green to help keep the patio a cool, comfortable place to step back and relax. Next week we will have pictures of some of the completed planting! Spring is such a busy time of year, but worth its rewards. The flowers in the window beds on the front of the house and back porch that we planted yesterday  should be filling in nicely over the next few weeks.

This is our first year here and we are having a lot of fun putting it together and getting it ready to receive guests. This spring it is busy busy busy getting the gardens in – both floral and vegetable. However, the work we are putting in is helping to create a welcoming and beautiful place for people to come rest, relax and rejuvenate as they unplug, unwind and uplift.