Courtyard Blossoms: August

The Hosta take center stage this time of year, with over 350 plants throughout the courtyard, they are a living invitation to the garden.

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Courtyard Blossoms: July

The courtyard blooms continue to come early – some varieties of Hosta are already blooming! And so are the Sedum; I didn’t even capture a photo of the purple sedum.

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Scott County Fair 2010

The Scott County Fair, deemed the five best days of summer, is held here in Jordan each July. We had a great time tonight taking in the animals, activities, aroma and arts of the fair. As for the animals, my favorite has to be the cattle barn – living in California created a nostalgia for…

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Local Attraction: Primary Colors

We’ve enjoyed the growing trend of an artist community in Jordan, and Primary Colors is a fantastic new addition. In June, our friend (and inn-sitter) Cindy Nevins, opened the new gallery with 16 (and growing) local and regional artists, next door in “The Hub,” home of Frank Nicolin’s historic opera house.

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Recipes from the Garden: Pesto

Our first bounty of the season is the herbs – Basil and Cilantro. Our first natural response was Pesto. Friday night are pizza nights around here for the innkeepers, and in summer that means grilled pizza. So our plan was Pesto instead of pizza sauce, and it was a great success! It works equally well using Cilantro instead of Basil (think chorizo, chipotle pepper, etc.). So here is our pesto recipe experience.

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Courtyard Blossoms: June

What a beautiful season in the garden. Everything is so lush! With this early season though, it just leaves me wondering what will be left to bloom the rest of the summer. Alas, we still are thoroughly enjoying the beauty! The Tiger Lilies, Daylilies and Climbing Roses were here when we bought the mansion –…

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Jordan Art Festival 2010

This past weekend, June 26th and 27th, was the 7th Annual Jordan Art Festival. It was great to see our town all dressed up, bustling with artists and visitors! Each year I look for a few treasures to add to our mansion, and I found some great ones. From 225 Water Street’s Flea Market I found 2…

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Singing around the Firepit

We’ve had a fabulous week having 2 actors in residence from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre. It’s amazing what they accomplish with a group of kids in just one week – Monday auditions; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday rehearsals; and two performances on Friday. After an awesome performance of “Robin Hood” ~ way to go children of Jordan!…

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Mammatus Cloud over Jordan

Ominous – Eerie – Magnificent This spectacular sight of mammatus clouds came with the storms that blew through Thursday night, June 17th. Our guest from North Carolina was a bit on edge, claiming somehow she’d rather go through a Hurricane?!  Not ME! Thankfully all was safe in Jordan, and our guests didn’t need to know…

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Courtyard Blossoms: May

A glorious early spring in April has the garden blooming so early this year. Some cold mid-month temperatures threatened to freeze tender buds, but all the garden weathered the dip. And luckily I didn’t fall prey to early planting enthusiasm and put my annuals out before the mid-May last frost date, though it was tempting….

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