April 2016 | jennifer@6ftmama.com

RResizedeady for Spring?  I am.  We've had a bit of a stuttered start to Spring here in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. April started with a return to colder temps after March went out like a lamb. Last week, crazy fierce winds blew the curtains right off the mounted brackets on the front porch of the house. With the cold weather and the allergy triggers, I'm afraid it will all have to stay down until things get more tolerable outside.

Despite the cold snap, Spring is making her presence known. The forsythia and magnolia by the driveway are all budded out and the spring bulbs are peaking out of the beds. Under the deck, the bleeding hearts are almost seven inches tall. Just like last year, we've got a very pregnant cottontail rabbit making a nest for her babies under the deck steps.

On the kid front, PJ missed four days of school this week with a stomach virus. He lived on the basement couch during the daytime and managed to watch all three Toy Story movies, all three Rush Hour movies, Finding Nemo, and got caught up on Limitless and Elementary. He's definitely ready to get back to get back to school and the basketball court.

I'm excited to be back to working on the Still Growing podcast.  To get started, I'm preparing two new shows from my archive to go live this month.  It's a little bit like riding a bike - but there are also a few new tech things to integrate. It's been fun hearing from listeners and letting them know that the long wait is finally over!

Last but not least, for the 163rd time, I'm getting the carpets cleaned - thanks to Sonny. Perhaps they can stay cleaned for more than 24 hours this time... then again, maybe not.

That's the View From Up Here for April.

Still growing...

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Registration for 6ftmama's Summer Evenings in the Garden Open Now!

Every summer, I open my garden to small groups eager to connect and learn through gardening, no matter where they are in terms of gardening experience.

 “My garden has always been a life-giving place for me.  Usually people are drawn to the garden but they can feel overwhelmed, unsure or disconnected from it.  It doesn’t have to be like that.  Every summer I want to do meaningful things in the garden that provide me with a deeper connection to and satisfaction from nature and beauty."  

People can find profound freedom and inspiration from spending time in the garden with just the right amount of nurturing, creativity, and practical advice.  I use the wintertime to design the Still Growing Gardening Summer Series to cover topics I would want to attend and it’s my pleasure to share in these experiences.  The garden is a place to unlock creativity, free the muse, and find truth.  Time and time again, I see people leave restored, ready to create in spaces that have been the proverbial thorn in their side and eager to bravely reclaim the joy that can grow from time well spent in the garden.  

The 2016 Still Gardening Summer Series is offered in the early evenings the following weeks: June 13 - 16, June 27 - 30, and July 11 - 14.  This year’s topics include Gardener's Latin, Garden your way into the Kitchen - one herb at a time (yes, we will be tasting recipes!), Life in the Garden: How to design for spaces that seem fruitless, and Jennifer’s Curated Garden Trends for 2016.  Groups are limited to ten people to create a more intimate connection to each other and the garden.

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