Monthly Archives: December 2014

Best of Spy Garden 2014

Best thing about 2014?

“My first homerun.” (The Spy)

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Baby at the baseball game of the Spy's first homerun in 2014

Baby at the baseball game of the Spy’s first homerun in 2014

Best thing you ate from the garden?

Smoochie and the Spy say, “Pumpkin Pie!”

Rouge Vif d'Etampes Pumpkin Pie

Rouge Vif d’Etampes Pumpkin Pie

Best Harvest?

Pumpkins!

Pumpkins!

Also a great garlic harvest in 2014!

Also a great garlic harvest in 2014!

Best addition to the garden?

Garden Living Room Furniture

Garden Living Room Furniture (made by Smoochie)

Garden Living Room Furniture in Progress

Garden Living Room Furniture in Progress

Best Outing?

Shaw Nature Reserve every time! Shaw Wildflower Market in May, The Meramec River in Shaw in December, Shaw in July (the wildflowers!!!) Shaw Nature Reserve is the #1 Spy Garden Don’t Miss St. Louis Garden Outing Destination!

This tree climb was also pretty cool!

This tree climb was also a pretty cool outing!

Best Plant of 2014?

I’m voting for the Eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Smoochie says, “The blackberries”

Mmm...

Mmm…

Best wildlife photo?

A fox!

A fox!

Best Photo of 2014?

Monarch in Spy Garden

Monarch in Spy Garden

Monarch Cocoon!

Monarch Cocoon!

Pumpkin Yoga

Pumpkin Yoga

Best Media Moment?

Spy Garden 2014

Spy Garden 2014 featured in St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine

Click here to read about Spy Garden in the November/December 2014 issue of St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine!

Favorite Blogs of Spy Garden?

Draped in Cloudlets

Draped in Cloudlets (source of image)

Sweet Domesticity (source of image/text)

Sweet Domesticity (source of image/text)

Sanctuary (source of image)

The Road to Serendipity. Sanctuary (source of image)

Photo of a Cedar Waxwing by Eliza Waters  (source of image)

Photo of a Cedar Waxwing by Eliza Waters (source of image)

GardenGrab, Nothing by the Book, funnybeautiful, You’re So Mummy, Design Mom and Nest of Squirrels are a few more favorites of Spy Garden!

What were your Spy Garden favorites of 2014?

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A few more favorites from 2014…

Baby on the Fourth of July

Baby on the Fourth of July

Can you spot him?

Can you spot him? The Spy at the St. Peter’s Formation

Spy Sister! On the cover!

Spy Sister! On the cover!

Easter 2014

Easter 2014

Pre-game (can you spy the gnome?)

Pre-game (can you spy the gnome?)

Petite Dauphine de Spy Jardin

Petite Dauphine de Spy Jardin

Great hike in Colorado!

Great hike in Colorado!

Spy Garden April 2014

Spy Garden April 2014

Scouting the location of Squirrely Garden January 2014

Scouting the location of Squirrely Garden January 2014

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Spy Garden 2014

Spy Garden 2014

It’s Still Christmas

At Spy Garden we follow the commandment of,

Thou shalt keep thine Christmas decorations up until the new year.

bahaHaha just kidding. I realize decorating traditions are an entirely personal preference and just because the lights are still twinkling at the church altar doesn’t mean yours can’t already be packed away. But we do like to enjoy ours until January first. Though this year I did put most of it away the day after Christmas. I took all the ornaments off the tree and removed the red tree skirt. I left the gold star on top and the white lights on and put a gold tablecloth around the bottom as a replacement tree skirt and declared it was:

The New Year’s Tree

The New Year’s Tree

And everyone was thrilled with this proclamation. The mantle was cleaned and dusted and freed of Christmas village-dom and no one seems to miss it. We left enough sparkle and light to welcome the new year (you’ve got to have at least some sparkle and light for New Year’s Eve!) The snowflakes fluttering in the dining room can stay until…February? Because they are pure winter perfection! How you chose to “de-Christmatize” (Spy Garden neologism #53) your decor, it’s just stuff that doesn’t really matter, my real point is that:

Advent is over, but it is still the season of Christmas on the church calendar until January 5th! The moment Christ was born was warm and happy and wonderful (i.e. much like Christmas morning) and a moment of perfect peace. The days that followed Christ’s birth were not so wonderful.

“Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt…for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Excerpt from Matthew 2:13

Yikes! Can you imagine fleeing with your newborn the day after Christmas?! Similarly (though hopefully to a MUCH lesser degree in your lives), the feeling of going back to “reality” after Christmas coziness and joy (back to work, leaving friends/family, needing to lose the 5lbs you gained in…

eating gingerbread

eating gingerbread

NOM NOM NOM

NOM NOM NOM

etc., etc.) can be a bummer and/or shocking to the system. Looking to the church calendar eases the “end” of Christmas in a much more graceful way than the “end” being when the garbage guy picks up the overloaded trash bins.

On the first Christmas, Christ would only be five days old today. And Mary and Joseph were rushing the tiny baby to a safe hideout while King Herod ordered the slaughter of male children in Bethlehem. Now THAT’S DEPRESSING, jeez! Trudging back to the old 9-5 after gorging yourself for days doesn’t sound so bad in comparison. But seriously, Christ was born to a harsh world that today is still full of sin. Focusing on the cruel realities of this world can be depressing. Look instead to the hope Christ brought to this world. The celebration and contemplation of the birth of Christ is not over when your kids are beaming over a pile of toys or when you’ve sealed up a box of sparkling glass and ribbon. Grace, peace, mercy, forgiveness, love; these things are what came with the birth of Christ. And you don’t need to clean them up, put them away, pay them off, or move on from them. Christmas isn’t over yet!

(This post was originally published December 29, 2013.)

La Gingerbread Tour Eiffel

Eucalyptus and Parsley

Eucalyptus and Parsley

Eucalyptus: a most photogenic plant! (and my favorite scent!)

Eucalyptus: a most photogenic plant! (and my favorite scent!)

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

And what's this?! The Eiffel Tower in Spy Garden?

And what’s this?! The Eiffel Tower in Spy Garden?

RRRAAAAGhhhhhhh! (It's Babyzilla AHHH!!) haha

RRRAAAAGhhhhhhh! (It’s Babyzilla AHHH!!) haha

I was going to make this garden teepee out of gingerbread...

I was going to make this garden teepee out of gingerbread…but remembered I already did…

2012 Gingerbread garden teepee made as a model for the real thing built the following spring (2013); and what's really funny is that reindeer head; since that too eventually became an addition to the garden haha

2012 Gingerbread garden teepee made as a model for the real thing built the following spring (2013); and what’s really funny is that reindeer head; since that too eventually became an addition to the garden haha

2010 St. Louis gingerbread (see the Arch?!)

2010 St. Louis gingerbread (see the Arch?!)

Gingerbread is not just for Christmas; use the leftover dough for New Year's cookies!

Gingerbread is not just for Christmas; use the leftover dough for New Year’s cookies!

Gingerbread Eiffel Tower; good shape for a garden trellis...

Gingerbread Eiffel Tower; good shape for a garden trellis! haha

Heart Rock

Heart Rock

Succulents in the Window

Succulents in the Window (outside looking in)

Sage

Sage

Little fungi on the trellis

Little fungi on the trellis

Strawberries; very hardy!

Strawberries; very hardy!

Baby and la Gingerbread Tour Eiffel!

Baby and la Gingerbread Tour Eiffel!