Knowledge itself is power.
I am the Mother of the Bride; that line runs through my head constantly and it seems to gather steam with every inching closer to that big day moment. Every Mother of the Bride-to-be knows there are not very many things you would not consider doing to have your daughters dream wedding come true, sometimes that takes the knowledge you may already have or some research to find what you need. That is where Google How to’s come in handy. This is my story to get ever closer to earning that title Mother of the Bride.
I think I am really starting to panic a little now because I have been scouring country wedding websites late at night. Website after website of all you need to know about the perfect country wedding. There is a distinct pattern there.
There is always a beautiful bride (we have that), standing beside her handsome groom (have that too) standing in between those beautiful well-dressed bridal party people (we have them too, of course). They were always being photographed in the middle of huge beautiful green field (we will have that after the hay is cut, if the rain stops in time), surrounded by beautiful guests (of course we will have that). A nice barn (well, ours has a little rust but we like it) and some outbuildings (may need a little work but like the barn we like them) so I thought we had it all coming together nicely. The caterer we decided to hire is apparently a very good idea and the tent we found for a reasonable price too, so we seemed to have most things covered but then as I kept reading and looking through the website pages I noticed over and over again the incredibly beautiful flower gardens behind the happy couples and the bridal party (yikes). Panic ensued.
Flowers hmmm, I know it sounds simple enough to most of you but my flower garden (not plural) usually consists of kale plants a few tomato plants, some peony bushes My Hero had brought home from an old jobsite one day years ago and some very beautiful perennial flowers my neighbour and friend NDF planted one day a long time ago while no doubt feeling sorry for my pitiful attempts at landscape gardening. Oh those flowers were so beautiful and I know she told me there names but I have no idea what they are now and the weeds seem to be duking it out with them and I am not sure who is winning at this point. The kale I planted again this year as it turns out is a favourite of our resident bunny rabbit the one our friendly coyote did not find hiding in the woodpile over the long cold winter. I love the bunny so he stays, I bought more kale plants.
That was the point when I started to slip off the deep end and frantically started visiting nurseries for advice and found and bought some hardy geraniums in a variety of colours. If you remember I planted colourful heirloom gourds, squash, and sunflowers at first but now thinking it was not enough and after reading that if the weather stays cool like it has been they may need many more days to mature, that means they will not be ready in time, I really started to panic then. I began to consider other ideas that I found compliments of Google. Do you know you can put any question in that little box and you will come up with an answer? Seems to me everyone has the same questions in this world, you would be surprised. How to make beautiful yet economical floral wedding decorations..... click
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There was one very interesting idea that grabbed hold of my panicked stricken mind. NDF and I have lots of beautiful peonies so I had the bright idea to dry them to possibly use on the tables, sounds like a good idea, I know I am glad you agree. There is one small problem, peonies seem to die very quickly when you are not paying attention so mine except for few late bloomers were all curled up and those once fragrant now brown petals covered the ground where there should have been a beautiful flower garden. NDF informed me she had so many she did not know what to do and offered them to me, reminding me “You best gather them quickly or they will be gone”. I rushed over early the next morning and went to cut them after the dew was off. NDF and I picked the best of the best and I rushed home to figure out how to get them the way I wanted them.
I tied a string around small batches of them after reading Google’s How to dry peonies and gathered up all the bundles I then had to figure out where I could put them to dry undisturbed. Google said it had to be somewhere dry with no light and low humidity so I thought the empty barn would work well. I walked into the barn found a long piece of board and finally found a good use for one of those ladders My Hero has been collecting all these years. I rigged up a makeshift drying rack and hung them there. According to Google it should take a week or two. I hope they are right. With that job done I knew I had to tackle those flower beds and plant all the plants I had managed to find at the nursery and all those containers I managed to find and was gifted.
Can you believe an ordinary bag of dirt cost me $7.99 plus tax at the grocery store? We have two hundred acres so I was sure I could find dirt somewhere.
Google to the rescue……..How to operate a Backhoe…… click.
See you Monday or you can read that little adventure here.