Why peas you ask? Why do I love them so much? Well, when my husband and I moved out to the West Coast – I thought I knew a thing or two about gardening. However, each and every day I learn something new. It is a hobby that ever changing. While we were attending one of the many farmer’s markets we would frequent, I noticed several individuals carrying around bouquets of a flower that I had no idea what it was. After going on several garden tours, I saw many different sweet peas growing in gardens. I learned that the fragrance is so intoxicating, but it is the one fragrance in nature that human hands can not duplicate to perfection. It is easy-to-grow from seed and makes a beautiful vertical, climbing in the garden. Once I started growing sweet peas, I ventured into edible varieties, however, my husband protested since he hates peas. I knew his opinion would change once he experience the taste of freshly grown peas especially sugar snap and snow peas.
Ever since I was a child, I remember falling in love with flowers. My first flower memory was being intrigued by the blooms of Bleeding Heart (Dicentra). Love of nature and art led me into pursuing a degree in horticulture & landscape design. For 15+ years, I worked for different wholesale companies including Proven Winners, Spring Meadow Nursery (Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs) and Zelenka Nursery. Then in 2013, I started my own business Flora & Fauna Media, which specializes in public relations outreach from social media to media publications. Now, I am focusing on being a Stay-At-Home mom and my writing career. I garden on less than an acre of property near Seattle, Washington. Making the most of my space was extremely important to efficiency, which led to removing lots of grass. Now, our property is a sanctuary filled with fruits (blueberries, apples, strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, fig and huckleberries), vegetables (kale, beets, peas, tomatoes, squash, potatoes, cardoon, zucchini, green beans, peppers, tomatillos and sorrel) and herbs (rosemary, chives, thyme, mint, oregano, lemon verbena, pineapple sage and sage). Growing our own food is an important mission to me and with a young child teaching is valuable knowledge to pass down generation after generation . If you teach a man to garden, he will eat for life! My husband and I love to cook together. We find new recipes and try them weekly. Wildcrafting has become a fun additional to this pastime. Harvesting stinging nettles or dandelions and making them into something that is edible and delicious is so rewarding.