Happy Tuesday! Did you enjoy the holiday weekend? My mind isn’t quite ready to jump back into work (it’s still thinking about the leftover blueberry crumble and apple pie cookies from Memorial Day instead!) so…
I thought it’d be the perfect day for a Coffee Break post! Grab your favorite coffee or tea (iced or hot—it doesn’t matter to me! I’m actually leaning towards my copycat pumpkin spice latte in that photo above because it’s been so cloudy and cool lately…), and let’s talk about things we might be chatting about if we were actually having coffee together!
The most exciting non-recipe-related news I have to share with you is…
I finally finished my planter boxes! (Thanks to lots of help from my mom!) When I bought my house last summer, I wanted to add bits of green and color to the plain stone patio out back. Although time got away from me, I still managed to make that happen less than a year later!
Before beginning, I did lots of research about the best types of plants for San Diego. I needed Zone 9 partial sun ones, based on the afternoon shade cast on my patio, and… I also wanted mostly drought-tolerant plants. My thumb tends towards brownish-black, rather than green, so I wanted hardier plants that weren’t as easy to kill!
I bought nearly everything at Home Depot, with a few “specialty” plants coming from a local nursery with more exotic options. I’m now the proud plant mama of Asiatic lilies, coneflowers, superbells dreamsicles (I thought those sounded like a dessert!), sweet pea shrubs, day lilies, phlox, and sedum… Plus a basil plant! I’ve always wanted one of those.
And as any proud plant mama would do… Here are photos of my lovely little babies!
If you’re following me on Instagram (here!), then you’ve probably seen quite a few snapshots in my Instagram stories. I’m really excited that they’re still alive and thriving more than a week later, so I can’t resist sharing! Maybe I don’t have such a black thumb after all!
And on that note…
I’m actually hiring a new team member! I have a spot open on the Amy’s Healthy Baking Team for a Social Media Assistant. Check out the description below, and if it seems like a perfect fit for you, then I hope you’ll apply!
Social Media Assistant Job Description: Help with AHB social media campaigns and complete food photography submissions
Hours: 5-7 hours per week
Compensation: Dependent upon the applicant’s qualifications
Starting Date: June 2018
Location: US; preferably in Southern California, if possible, but work may be done remotely
Roles and Responsibilities:
+ Help with AHB social media campaigns (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
+ Track data and analytics for AHB social media campaigns
+ Submit AHB recipe photos to FoodGawker
+ Weekly check-ins and reports
+ Exceptional with social media outlets and their respective formats (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
+ Familiar with FoodGawker and format of submissions
+ Great with Google Drive, spreadsheets, documents, and calendar
+ Phenomenal written communication skills (this is a generally remote position where the majority of communication between the SMA and Amy will be written)
+ Tech savvy
+ Social media savvy
+ Quick learner
To Apply: Email Amy your resume, using the subject line “AHB: Social Media Assistant Resume.” Then fill out this form to complete the application process. (You must complete both parts to be considered!) The application deadline is Friday, June 1 at 4:59 pm PST.
Just two more pictures! I ended up with leftover sedum and myoporum groundcover, so I bought a few extra pots and planted the rest in those. How cute do they look??
What are your favorite plants to grow? (Bonus points if they’re part-shade and drought-tolerant, so I might actually have a shot at keeping them alive too! ??)
The Curious Frugal says...
So pretty! Which ones are the dreamsicles? I love lamb’s ear for a plant. I am several zones north of you so have no idea if it grows there but I love the soft fuzzy leaves!
Thanks so much! The superbells (dreamsicles) are the light pink, white, and pure red flowers. Thanks for the recommendation — I’ll definitely look into it! 🙂
Mary C says...
Your plants are beautiful. What are sweet pea shrubs? I love sweet peas but have never heard of the shrub. Where might I find that?
Thanks so much, Mary! The sweet pea shrubs are the purple flowers in my photos. I found them at Home Depot! 🙂
Mary C says...
Thanks Amy!!! I look forward to all of your posts.
It’s my pleasure, Mary! And thank YOU — that means so much to me! 🙂
What a beautiful array of flowers and plants. Could you please let me know what the name of the white flowered plant is . I think they would be lovely in a mini vase! :o)
Thank you so much.
Thanks so much, Doreen! The white flowers are superbells! Specifically called “Superbells® White – Calibrachoa” on the potted tag. I love your idea about a mini vase! 🙂
CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEK this makes me so happy!! You now know more than I do about planting FLOWERS, which I have never done! Congratulations on the beautiful little patio and the emergence of your GREEN thumb! <3 <3 <3
I was hoping you might enjoy seeing all of the photos in this post!! ? Thank you SO much, Andrea!! I’m still learning… And the non-stop cloudy days haven’t made things any easier… But at least they look pretty! 😉