Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Roma tomatoes

I think the first tomatoes from the garden are the best tomatoes.  It’s like a preview of what’s to come & judging by our first harvest, there will be a lot of tomatoes this year!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Table rescued from the yard sale free pile

This table has been at my parents’ house for years.

They’ve unsuccessfully tried to sell it every year in their yard sale.  It used to be in pristine condition so I have no idea why it didn’t sell.  It’s totally Instagram & Pinterest worthy!  As a matter of fact. when I spotted the same table on Megan Miller’s Instagram feed, I knew I had to write about it!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Nature Walks | On The Creek Blog

   My husband & I have been walking a lot lately.

Friday, August 10, 2018


Here are pictures & the story of my 2018 sunflowers!

I honestly didn’t have high hopes for these sunflowers.

Last year, our neighbors gave us a few sunflower plants & they disappeared in our front garden!  I don’t know what happened to them!  Maybe some wildlife ate them?  Who knows…

Wednesday, August 08, 2018


8 Paint Color Schemes I Love | On The Creek Blog

My newest favorite thing to do on Pinterest is to look for paint color schemes.

Monday, August 06, 2018


Volunteer cherry tomato plants growing robustly in the garden. | on the creek blog //

The Accidental Tomato Patch: A Lesson in Volunteer Plants

Last year, we were surprised by an unplanned pumpkin patch. This year, nature decided to gift us again, but with tomatoes! These unplanned plants are known as "volunteer plants," which grow from accidentally dropped or composted seeds. They're a delightful surprise and taught us to expect the unexpected in gardening.

Volunteer cherry tomato plants growing robustly in the garden. | on the creek blog //

The Sunflowers Were Just the Beginning

We repurposed the soil from our old raised beds into a makeshift flower bed, sprinkling sunflower seeds. Not only did the sunflowers flourish (stay tuned for that post!), but as James and I admired their beauty one evening, we spotted some unexpected greenery.

The Underdog Tomatoes: Volunteer Plants in Action

Initially, these mystery plants looked like marigolds, remnants from last year's planting. But they soon revealed their true identity—tomatoes! The fascinating thing about volunteer plants is that they often adapt better to your garden conditions, which might explain why these accidental tomatoes outperform the ones we intentionally planted. We're guessing they're cherry tomatoes, but they're keeping us guessing.

Volunteer cherry tomato plants growing robustly in the garden. | on the creek blog //

Embracing Nature's Surprises

These volunteer tomatoes are thriving so well that we even rigged up a makeshift trellis to support their ambitions. It's a testament to the resilience and surprises that nature offers. So, it looks like we're destined for a tomato harvest one way or another this year.

Volunteer cherry tomato plants growing robustly in the garden. | on the creek blog //
Final Thoughts

Volunteer plants like these tomatoes remind us that sometimes, the best things in life are unplanned and that nature has its own ideas about what our garden should be.

For more photos of our surprise tomato adventure, visit my Facebook page!

P.S. James wanted to title this post "You Can't Stop Me, I'm a Tomato!"—and honestly, it's fitting. 🍅😂

Friday, August 03, 2018

  Wild Blackberries | On The Creek Blog

There are some wild blackberries growing near our house & they’re so pretty!

Wednesday, August 01, 2018


Garden Update | July 2018

Well…an attempt was made.

That’s the best I can say about the 2018 so far.

Don’t let the pictures fool you:  the garden is a disaster this year!  Sure, there are tons of little tomatoes & peppers, but it’s nowhere near its full potential.  It’s so disappointing to see these weird plants with little or no vines on them!

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