Last Week In Gardening | Colorado Wildflowers & Pines

June has turned out to be quite the adventure month!

First camping in the Boundary Waters and then a surprise bachelorette in Colorado?! Yep. The first few weeks have already been pretty awesome.

If you've ever lived in a house full of ladies that feels more like sisters, you'll appreciate the spirit of this weekend.

We had two soon to be brides, two soon to be moms and one 30th birthday party to celebrate. 12 gal pals from 3 different states, with more middle school, college and life memories than one person could properly recap in any small sentence.

Trip highlights?

- testing out an old wives tale to tell the sex of a baby, and it totally worked!!! (or so we'll find out in a few months)

- seeing a fox up close & personal (new spirit animal?!)

- watching shooting stars & being surrounded by mountains

- being in the company of stellar females & celebrating them properly

- the hot tub time machine, where did time go?!

- tacos. so many tacos. and sharp cheddar cheese :)

During our daily hikes, I couldn't help but notice all the curious varieties of mountain wildflowers. Some I knew and some I had no clue, but I took pics of my favorite regardless.

Nature does a pretty spectacular job of planting things exactly where they need to grow. Even more impressive than the flowers were the trees. But I'll admit, I have a soft spot for trees anyway so I couldn't help but snap a few shots of these majestic beauties.

It wasn't all nature and hiking, we also did a fair amount of drinking.. including stopping at Broken Compass Brewing  in Breckenridge, CO so if you ever make it to those parts, I'd highly recommend trying their Ginger IPA!

And that's about all folks! Hope you get your travel on sooner than later :)

xoxo | cc


last week in gardening | boundary waters

Listening to Lichen

Last week in gardening, I visited one of Mother Earth's most impressive gardens, the boundary waters canoe area

When I think about the BWCA, I often envision the mosses that cover so many surfaces in the woods. To me, anything greenish and fuzzy is "moss" but actually a lot of it is lichen and technically it's not a moss, or even plant really..

Did you know that there are like a million types of lichen? That it can basically live on anything, creating mutually beneficial relationships wherever it goes and it's one of the oldest living organisms on the planet?

Yep. It's a pretty bad-ass lil species that can basically make friends with everything, on top of being beautiful and widely varied. Hat's off to you lichen's! Even though you often get called moss (mostly by me).. so let's clear that up..

Here's what the internet had to say about lichen:

"A lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria (or both) living among filaments of a fungus in a mutually beneficial relationship (symbiotoc relationship). The whole combined life form has properties that are very different from properties of its component organisms. Lichens come in many colors, sizes, and forms. The properties are sometimes plant-like, but lichens are not plants. Lichens may have tiny, leafless branches (fruticose), flat leaf-like structures (foliose), flakes that lie on the surface like peeling paint (crustose),[4] or other growth forms.[5]

A macrolichen is a lichen that is either bush-like or leafy; all other lichens are termed microlichens.[1] Here, "macro" and "micro" do not refer to size, but to the growth form.[1] Common names for lichens may contain the word "moss" (e.g., "Reindeer moss", "Iceland moss"), and lichens may superficially look like and grow with mosses, but lichens are not related to mosses or any plant.[3]:3 Lichens do not have roots that absorb water and nutrients as plants do.[6]:2 Instead they produce their own food from sunlight, air, water, and minerals in their environment.[7] When they grow on plants, they do not live as parasites but use the plants only as a substrate."

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Hunting lichen makes a person hungry! So let's take a food intermission shall we?

Full disclaimer, I take zero credit for the creation of any of any fancy things you're about to see, but I did help with the bacon one day, so that counts for something:

cranberry lemon campfire muffins inside of an orange peel

cranberry lemon campfire muffins inside of an orange peel

bacon, eggs and campfire doughnuts

bacon, eggs and campfire doughnuts

campfire flat-bread pizza

campfire flat-bread pizza

campfire funnel cakes/doughnut left overs

campfire funnel cakes/doughnut left overs

What can we say? we're serious about breakfast.. and about adventure!

If you are too, get out there and explore mama earths gardens!! You might just pick up a pro tip from the woman herself and see some pretty OK nature stuff along the way too.

paddling out

paddling out

brand new baby dragonfly

brand new baby dragonfly

Be safe kids! And pick up your trash!!