I’m still learning all the things I can do in WordPress to make my blog (hopefully)
more interesting for anyone who stumbles on it. Here’s a little something I just figured out – I can embed the 6 second videos I make using the Vine app (on my iPhone) into blog posts! I think this might be a good quick way to show little garden clips. Good idea? Yes?
So here’s a peek at the bare space aka “my garden” in a little clip from March 3rd.
*note to self: be sure to add the embed code into the text editor, not the visual editor or it won’t work!
The other day I went to one of my “happiest places on earth”, and no – it wasn’t Disneyland! I went to visit one of our local nurseries that’s a favourite of mine because of the helpful staff, Amsterdam Garden Centre. While it was a little too early to peruse their collection of floral annuals for my gardens, it wasn’t too soon to check out things like seeds, soil, seed potatoes and ornamental grasses. I kept reminding myself there were two main reasons for this visit: a coupon for sea soil and a coupon for a free Dahlia. As I walked across the parking lot my inner voice whispered, “the season is early so there’s no need to get carried away!”
something interesting for the garden?
That didn’t mean I couldn’t look around for a little inspiration once I had queued the soil by the front desk, so look I did! We have big plans to pull out all the old shrubs in the front garden and update the landscaping so it was time to see what had immediate appeal.This grass called “Big Twister” caught my eye, it’s something I’d love to bring into our garden for sure.
While walking around I remembered to pick up two small pots of Rosemary (Arp & Tuscan Blue), and to check on the availability of Sieglinde potatoes. The potatoes weren’t in yet, but I got my name on the call list for 2 bags! I’m excited to grow potatoes this year.
I would have headed out to look at small trees but it was getting late and I wanted to get home so it was time to head to the checkout.
And because I’m trying to track expenditures this year:
THE HAUL : 3 bags of sea soil (buy 2 get 1 free), a HUGE bag of all-purpose container soil, 1 (free with coupon) Matisse Dahlia, the March 2013 issue of Gardens West, 2 pots Rosemary and a free 2013 West Coast Seeds Catalogue.
Grand total (with taxes): $67.08
I keep saying no more geek talk, but then I find one more geeky tech thing that I love and feel the need to talk about it. See that photo on the left? It’s an instagram photo I took of my laptop screen to show what I was doing, which was creating a “recipe” on IFTTT, a site I found when googling different ways of adding Instagram photos to (specifically) a WordPress blog.
What I like about this is that if I’m out and take an Instagram photo that I think is worth a blog post, I can get that photo sent automatically to my blog, as a draft. What this means is I can tweak things even more before publishing my post. I like that the photo will already be here when I open up my dashboard, so if I’m feeling lazy I can just select one of these draft photos, add some text and publish! It means I won’t forget what I wanted to blog about (short memory at times, what can I say)! It also gives me a few back-up images if I’m pressed for time or out of things to say (which is probably unlikely but you never know)!
If you’re curious, go check out IFTTT.com, there’s lots to explore!