This blog is about my garden and the outdoors. I am new to photography but I am trying to show some of the pretty things that grow here in Michigan. I love the wild things who visit me and I dont mind if they eat a bit here and there. I like it more if they let me take their picture. As time goes on I think I will try to show you around the beautiful area that I live in as well as my garden. I try to use my own pictures as much as possible but will also use pictures from the web. If I inadvertently use your photo or work without permission please email me and I will remove it or give credit if you prefer. I will give credit when I know who the owner is. I would ask that anyone using my pictures do the same.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Daffodils and Dandelions....................

At long last I have finished the raking. I got the back done and gathered up all the pots to see what was growing in them if anything. Lined them all up. I should have more than enough Hostas to fill in this year. I have enjoyed seeing them pop through and grow each day that the sun shined.
Today I finished the front. So much else to do now though. I have alway liked the plants that spread and fill in. Now that is a problem way too many of those now so that I have to weed them all out. This process will probably take the rest of the summer. The back should be quite easy but the front, that's a different story.
Now I have a huge side yard. This weekend Gerry will have to finish taking out the shrub roots so that I can make a garden there. I am thinking of just some small shrubs. I really don't want another flower garden. Meanwhile the back part of the side yard is coming along
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What I need here now is about 3 more sections of the wrought iron fencing. That will give a background for that part of the garden. Then I have to decide if I want to continue it across the next part. I think I may do that if they are not too expensive. We shall see. Then I will have to seed outside the fence. I am taking it all in small sections and making each section its own project.
Meanwhile I was seranaded by Mr Cardinal.
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The Mr Robin came down to look for worms after I dumped out a barrel of dirt under the pine tree.
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So here are the Dandelions, the side of the yard outside the fence has loads and I love them. I don't cut grass until they are done blooming.
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So far there are not many but I let them all bloom. I love them. The daffodils are not doing so well this year. I don't know why. In other gardens they are really blooming.
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I think I really must get some more bulbs in the Fall. I always forget and have lost interest by then.
So, next, I need to get some good dirt and garden food and wood chips. I am still thinking I will get those boxwood shrubs. Meanwhile the tulips at least are looking as though they will bloom this year. Didn't last year.
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Grape Hyacinth
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I have quite a few wild flowers growing in the garden. I want more. The Trilliums are beginning to bloom. I love Trilliums.
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So I was about done with my pictures today and I looked out the window and saw this bright little chap.
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His lady was at the feeder that he wanted to get in on. So he kept trying but then flying off into the tree and grooming.
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His side was low so he would try to get around the other side with no luck.
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The Chickadee was more cooperative.
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Pretty soon the flowers with be out. I have seen the Bumble Bees looking for nesting places.
The fish are being coy
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I have started to put out my glass ornaments, what is left of them. They all need a good wash now.
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I also have to scrub chairs and cushions and maybe make some new covers. So much to do, and before you know it, its over with and time to rake leaves again. I have to slow down and enjoy every stage, watching the shoots pop up and the leaves come out. Its Spring and I love it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Looking up........sort of..............

All the tree trimming done. Now there is a lot of empty space and a big mess. I have a much larger garden than I thought.
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I am not sure what I will be doing with this mess. I sort of have to wait until everything begins to come up because I don't know what will. There are a load of Day lillies under the first Pine tree. I will wait and see how they look. Maybe for this year they can stay, they may do better now there is a lot of light. Then with some wood chips that may do for that one. The next Pine leads to a part of the garden. I took down the fence that was just a partial, not sure if I can put that back or not but I need to stop kids running over the flowers when they come up. I have 3 shrubs at the back of the garden area and I am thinking 3 more would help eventually form a hedge. Boxwoods are easy to grow and shape. Looking from the road side it looks like the fence is the best way to outline the area. I think I may be able to do that without a lot of cost. I hope so anyway. In the meantime some boxwoods would help to define the area.
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I would like to buy some more pieces of the fence but not sure I can do that. I think I will dig up that whole area and start it over. The 3rd Pine tree I didn't cut so low. For now that will be on hold. I will plant more ivy under that tree. Maybe with some more wood chips and some transplanted Hosta it wont be so bad. I have the old plough to use in that scenario.
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The first pine from another angle. You can see from that side that there is a lot of space to use.
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This is the first pine. Close to the house.It had a lot of dead branches. So after trimming those it looks bare and nasty. The Day lillies will come up soon and then I can thin those and maybe I can coral them and maybe outline with Hosta's.
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The side of the house by the porch had very large shrubs that were no longer savagable. They had grown stringy and rough so out they came. I am saving the Forsythia and will shape that when it stops blooming. I am hoping to find cuttings to move out back where another Forysthia is dying. It's old and needs some new shoots.
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The bench is coming out and I will cut that Forsythia into a shape and encourage the ivy below it. I will clean all that out and make it look good again. I am hoping we can save the bench by putting new bars in it.
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What a mess and no real plan of what to do with it. We have to redo the porch this year. A new roof so I probably wont decide on this part until thats over with. I have enough other things to do as you can see. Meanwhile the whole front yard needs to be done before I can even think about this part. I hope I can get everything done before it gets hot. Cut back on the work for next year. Jeepers.

Friday, April 22, 2016

April showers bring flowers..............

We had one day of rain, just one. Today was cloudy and cold. It's not going to get a lot warmer and I even heard mention of snow. I really don't think we will be getting snow. Tomorrow is Saturday and we want to finish trimming bushes and trees and raking up the leaves and junk. The back yard is done. Now the side and front to do. Come May it will be time to prepare the vegetable garden.I am looking forwards to that. It will be a bit of work but I am hoping for success.
Today we had a different visitor, well not new but rare for us. Very pretty little finch type bird, looks like a Sparrow with yellow cheeks. He was scratching around like a chicken. I hope he comes back.
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I identify him as a White Throated sparrow. Closest I could find anyway. Please correct me if I am wrong as I want to know what birds come to my feeders.
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So Bessie now likes being outside. I think she is learning from Boots. I have seen her explore the adjacent gardens but so far not too much further. She has discovered she can get in and out of the bathroom window. I put my glass top table under that window that may have been a mistake.She is enjoying climbing trees and chasing squirrels.
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Boots is showing her how to go potty outside.Thankfully in MY garden and not Buds. Bessie is watching her. Watch and learn.
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The birds are not here as often as they were, they are no doubt finding enough to eat.Also busy nesting. The Cardinal couple are busy with their nest above the porch and may stay long enough to raise some kids.
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Spring flowers are popping. When the sun comes back out they will really pop.I wish they would spread quicker. The ones I don't want to do. I have to dig out some Lilly of The Valley before they get going again.
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The Trillium is trying to bloom but not quite yet. Soon the woods will be full of them. We put some more in last year but I am not sure if they will come up this year. I am hoping because I love the Trillium.I love it when we drive out and see woodlands full of them.
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The Primroses are blooming, the yellow ones are budding. The red ones come out first.
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The Hyacinth are up.
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These are from ones I have bought to have in the house, I love to do that when the snow is still on the ground. Makes me dream of Spring. I think maybe getting real garden ones would come up fuller but hey, these are spreading and will revert to what they should be at some point.
The Chickadees are here as always
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Then there are the pests who are here every day without fail
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Did I say that all the fish survived. Here is a picture of the black one. It's hard to see except in full sun.
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All four are doing well.
The we have the Yellow Finches, they discovered the seeds.
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Those guys sing so sweet, I can always tell when they are around.
So tomorrow is Saturday, I hope that it doesn't rain because I want to get busy trimming trees. It's exciting after all the anticipation all winter. I just hope it doesn't get hot really quickly and foil my plans. So much to get done this year. We need a new roof. New porch and we need to get the window done out back. That is not my department though.