Down a dirt road, past fields and deep woods ~
stands a humble little farmhouse wearing chippy white paint and a rusty tin roof...
it's here at our beloved Notforgotten Farm that you will find me...

chasing kittens, puttering in the gardens or talking to the tree.

I love seeing the past through the eye of a needle ~
...I collect old & odd things.
I pull wool & cotton through linen. I walk barefoot in my garden and throw my head back and cackle when I laugh...

I'm just a little farm-witch that loves where I am & who I'm with ~

Our little needlework shop & studio
is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email -

Regular Shop/Open Studio hours:
Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 ~ 4:00
*unless we are away at a show or teaching a class*
{better to call/email first}

our Etsy Shop is ALWAYS OPEN!
Please visit our ETSY Shop ~
by clicking on any one of the thumbnail photos below...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

~ After the Rain ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk!
and a happy mid-May day to you ~

We had some crazy storms come through here last night...
mostly high winds, lots of thunder and even hail
 but hardly any rain.
but rain it did.

here are a few snaps of our kitchen garden and front of the farmhouse...
Peter & I have been weeding, turning soil and planting for two days!

our Mock Orange bush is getting bigger each year...

...the blossoms smell SO sweet ~
next to that are shoots of our banana trees ~
we have counted 12 this year and think there might be a few more coming up.
these will grow so tall and their leaves will be huge ~ creating perfect shade for our little patio :)
 the rusty planter below is filled again,
it was a gift from Joan... was the solar Owl lantern that lights up each evening

this was completely overgrown with chickweed and other sundry weeds...
we left a few wild Black Eyed Susans and Sweet Annie plants, 
as we do every year.
the larger bunch of Chocolate Mint towards the bottom of the photo will fill in much more, and we also have volunteer green leaf & red lettuces already coming up!

we planted Rosemary {the cold winter zapped mine}, Basil, Parsley...
and 2 types of tomatoes ~ and we will be transplanting our Oregano & Thyme 
from another garden to this one as well.
an Italian garden of-sorts for my Pasta-Loving Hubby!

Then we decided to do away with the grass 
in one portion of our lawn that is inside the fence:
 we transplanted variegated Hosta, Giant Hosta and some of my beloved Lily of the Valley too.

Everything will get a fresh covering of wood mulch soon ~

the vine you see growing on the left is Jasmine
 and I cannot wait for the blooms to open again this year ~ 
makes sitting on the porch-swing even better!

Aside from gardening,
I finished my little Stitching Witch ~
and put her under glass in one of Petere's frames that I handpainted.

  the pattern for Stitching Witch
as well as the previous Feeding the Bees design 
and their frames will be available soon
in our Etsy shop ~ 

Did you know that we have all of these delightful 
Bee-Themed patterns & such available?

we love our little bees, big bees and in-between-bees too!
Click HERE to see them all in our Etsy Shop

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful garden!! All those herbs...and I adore the picket fence surrounding it, so inviting. Wish I could grow Sweet Annie, but here it just doesn't do well, and is only an annual, if that. Hoping to get some rain here this week...nothing quite waters the way Nature does with a deep-down rain.

LOVE the Stitching Witch, with her wand-like needle and cauldron of thread-plant!

Susie Hoover said...

Just came in from pulling chickweed and chuckled when you mentioned you & Peter were doing the same. Love seeing your garden photos and your bee stitcheries are beautiful!

littlemancat said...

Love your garden and that beautiful red fence - love that color!

The Eveningstitcher said...

I love your gardens, Lori...they are beautiful and I really like how you have fenced in a portion of your yard. We have an over abundance of weeds this year so far...we haven't had time to work in the yard at all. I'm hoping this weekend we will be able to do some gardening. I can't wait for your new patterns to come out. It seems "bees" are all the rage this year! Have a nice evening!!

elaine allerton said...

Lovely after a rain,,
Lovely country garden,,, everything loving spring, a,
Looks sooo good,,,
Things have popped here tok after a rain yesterday!!
Love ur stitching,,,
Cant wait to start hooking my witch,,,
So much fun,,, have to finish the 1863 sheep first!! Love sheep,,, then tombstone sheep to start, too,,, oh my,, and gardening,,, weeding, etc etc,,, yikes,,, fun times,
Thanks for sharing ur piece of heaven , lori,,,

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Love your garden. Hope to soon be able to plant one for us ... when we sell our home here in the desert and move closer to our family in Temecula/Murietta, CA. ~ can't wait. Yes, love all your bee patterns ... sweet!

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