Have You Missed Me?

by | Oct 25, 2020 | General

Marigold in full bloom

Thought I’d give you a quick update on the goings-on here in Cornville, Arizona.  The summer was busy in the garden with a wonderful harvest.  But unlike gardening in New Jersey, where I lived for 57 years, here in the Sedona area, we actually can garden almost year-round.  I’ve been having a blast with my gardening learning curve; and am excited to report that my fall garden is doing better than I could have ever imagined for my first time trying.  More on that in a moment.

Big news is that, since we’ve been hunkered down here self-retreating due to COVID-19, I’ve also been diligently working on finishing up my cookbook, which I have been talking about since I was old enough to start cooking.  It is scheduled for a November release.  Myss Miranda has been working right alongside me getting it set up and ready for publishing.  It is being dedicated to my person, my beloved father, Edward Voorhis, who passed away with me next to him at my home on August 25, two months ago today.  While I so wish he were here to see its fruition, since he has always been my greatest cheerleader, I have a good sense that he is watching over this entire process from where he is right now.  Godspeed, Dad, fly high and proud, my wind beneath my wings (to quote a song which really encapsulates my Dad).

Back to the garden.

My raised-bed garden basking in the day’s sunlight

Lettuce and escarole standing proud.

Cauliflower. This is the first time I’ve planted a garden that I personally started all from seed. So exciting to watch as I put the seed into the ground, and it comes to life.

Italian basil. Just look at the size of the leaves. It’s so incredibly aromatic and delicious.

Lemongrass with broccoli rabe behind it, chives, garlic, onions, and red and golden beets.

My strawberry tower, courtesy of friends, Bev and Don, who gifted me with the strawberry starts after they thinned out their strawberry patch. It was also my first attempt at installing my own irrigation. I’ve been reading up and learning how to do that as well throughout the summer.



Just planted. a purple dawn camellia. It’s a slow growin bush that bears the most incredible purple blooms that remind me somewhat of roses.

My yoga frogs having some fun in the perennial garden.

Mr. Frog hopes you visit again soon.



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