If you aren’t yet acquainted with the predictably unpredictable spring weather here in Colorado, allow me to provide an introduction. It’s Wednesday, March 29th, and we have yet to crest a day above 50ºF. Oh, the visible signs of spring are all here – daffodil spires, tulip pokes, emergent weeds, longer afternoons – but the […]
You know that beloved L. M. Montgomery quote? The one that celebrates the virtue of Octobers? “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L. M. Montgomery Up until a couple of years ago, October was hands-down my favorite month. Cozy evenings and crisp mornings; brightly hued, golden leaves; chunky sweaters […]
Summer is in full swing here on the Western Slope of Colorado. We’ve had a couple of days nearing 100ºF, and both the garden and the vineyard are responding to the heat. It’s definitely hitting us hard, so we’ve been retreating indoors midday to keep our cool. So, here I am, sitting at my kitchen […]
I recorded 31,641 steps on a single day this past week. I heard the first hummingbird of the season. The grapevine buds are showing the first signs of swelling, signaling their impending arrival. Spring is here, and I definitely feel it. We’ve turned on our vineyard irrigation water, seen the first pops of apple blossoms, […]
I’m writing about creating magical pairings of two of my favorite things – vegetables and wine. Sipping on a wine, made with grapes picked at their prime, and pairing it with peak-season vegetables is such a capture of nature’s timing. A palpable rhythm you can taste and feel. I’m also sharing a story and photo-series […]
As I write this post and share these photos, I’m already growing thirsty for spring and summer’s appearance again. Just before the fall season swept in, with its toasty, golden hues and shorter days, I visited one of my favorite flower farms on the Western Slope, Pea & Posy, where I got to spend time […]
Rooted in a love of gardening and crafting cocktails from what I grow in my backyard, holly & flora is a resource for garden-to-glass drinks that are seasonally driven and culinarily influenced.