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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My garden in July..............

It has been so dry, I have needed to water every day just about. There is more colour at the moment and it seems quite pretty for a change.
We had some visitors today, Mr and Mrs Cardinal were in for a snack.
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She had her mouth full and he was flitting hither and yon.
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I zoomed in to see what she had......probably for her babies somewhere.
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I will show some views, but I wanted to show some close ups of the Lillies. I call them all Day lillies but they are not, so just bear with me OK.
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Look at that perfection. I love the way they glow inside. The pollen for the bees is sitting there for the picking and the pattern on the petals lead the way inside the flower. If you notice a lot of flowers have stripes like little runways leading the critters in to the polen.
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Its nice when several flower types bloom at the same time. I usually miss out on that but this year the Bee Balm and the Butterfly plants are blooming together. As well as many of the daisies.
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You cant really see here but there are 3 different colours in my Bea Balm.
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This is an old farm plough hiding behind the lillies.
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My New daisy that Dan got for my birthday
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The white was backlit slightly so made a nice shot
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More close ups
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This is a view from Buds side yard looking towards our front garden.......
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The next view from our front steps
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They are spreading and doing well. I put the painted daisy in front and will soon transplant some of those yellow things.
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Well those are a few of the blooms at the moment. No roses in sight. It was a very long winter and what roses did bloom came and went in a hurry. I should find somewhere else to plant them. I will have to plan for next year.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Barn Swallows.............

While we were out the other day, we stopped in Glen Haven to show the kids the Blacksmiths shop. I saw the Swallows going in and out. It was not long and I saw the nest just above my head.
Mum and Dad were busy feeding the new family. One would stay while the other hunted.
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There were at least two babies that I could see.
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I tried to get a few pictures so I could edit them if not clear, so I was able to get some close ups. They were so busy, poor things those kids are so demanding.
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That is unless one was running back and forth. Arn't they cute?????
Just had to show them.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

DayLily..........

One of my favourite garden flowers.........the Daylily. I like it becaue it comes in all shapes and sizes. The colour range is incredible. So this page will be mainly pictures of some in my garden and some I have seen in other places.
These are from my garden. The deep pink one was one I got last year
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The white one is not mine, its a lovely creamy white and I think I will look to add that to my collection.
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This yellow beauty was out in Alden and I want one........I will have to actually go to a greenhouse I think. Maybe ordering one from a catalogue. Has anyone done that? What are the results, do they do well? I am a bit wary about catalogues because they are usually really whimpy specimens and do they actually grow????
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Orange lights up the garden
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This one is also very pretty.
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I have shown this one before and its still blooming and doing well.
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This one just bloomed.
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I will have more blooming soon. I am not sure what still has to come out but they make my garden much more interesting and I will never think twice now about buying more.
The Dedicated House
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Day Lilly time............

Its that time, the Day lillies are blooming. I love that. They are brilliant and beautiful. I have several different colours and once I figure whats coming back up I will just have to get some more. They are just so reliable. I also got a good shot of some nasturtiums.
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Here are a few of the Day lillies
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This is the only rose in my garden that is reliable. Its a horrible rose, it has thorns so thick that you can't touch it. So it's in the bushes as it happens and it blooms all summer. It was a long ago Mothers Day gift, and its special and so I let it grow, it was eventually surrounded by the shrubs. All I had to do was chop it down every Spring and away it would go again.
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Rock plants looking good,want more to put in pots. I hate to thin the ones out that are looking good so I buy more of what I like.
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The berries are thick on the Mountain Ash again, does this mean another bad winter......
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The daisies are blooming, I have a new camera and I took several pictures but I didn't have the chip in. My old camera would have sent them over to my chip, this one didnt so.....right now they are lost in the camera. This is all I got.
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I dont know where these came from but every year I am finding more and they are beautiful. This new camera is not taking such crisp close ups as I like. I hope its just that I am not used to it yet.
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Today I actually saw a Butterfly. The only one besides the White one who seems to visit every day. I was so happy to see this one.
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This little beauty looked rather beat up but I was so glad to see her
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When it cools down a bit I will be back outside and waiting for more butterflys, meanwhile this is a rather nice shot of a bee.
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This Day lilly was really going to town so got another shot of it showing it's stuff. Got to support those that bloom right.
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All for today, I must get those pink ones tomorrow............

The Dedicated House

Friday, July 4, 2014

Working the garden in on the fourth..............

Today, I was able to get out in the garden for a short time. I did some weeding some bush whacking and planting. I did get a lot done really. It was only 66 degrees. Perfect weather for the garden but..........I got so hot. I just can not tollerate heat anymore. The mosquitoes immediatly set up their BBQs and had a feast, I had to go in and look for some repelant and I do so hate to use that stuff. SO fortified with something or other to spoil their holiday I set back to work. First I changed the Fairy garden because the squirrels were digging in the wagon.
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I like this better anyway
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The wagon I put under the pine tree and left the ivy in it. That helps to make that look better too.
So the yellows are blooming well. The daisies and the Day Lilly.
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I found a pretty pink plant. It's usually in the indoor flower section but I found it with the annuals. I will try to take it inside in the winter. My fav shade if pink.
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We got the new entrance door in finally. I say in, but it's not finished. A lot left to do. The whole room in fact. He says he will work on it tomorrow. I don't see how he will get much done but when its all finished I will do a before and after post. We have to put windows in to replace the old back door. It will take all summer at this rate but the master will not be rushed.
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not a lot else right now. I moved the wheelbarrow that has plants in it and set mulch down. The grass in that area is terrible and so I laid down some black garden plastic to stop the weeds and dumped the mulch on it. I had much more than I needed and was going to put some on some of the other gardens but when I put the wheel barrow on it I liked it so left it at that. I didnt take a picture because I forgot to bring in the camera and it got wet. I put the sprinkler on. Talking of sprinklers........yesterday I went to move the sprinkler out back and here's a lesson for me...........do not approach the sprinkler on my blind side. (remember I am blind in one eye) because you can not see it coming. Well the ice cold water hit me in the belly and made me bend over and so it then hit me in the face......sputtering I tried to get away but went the wrong way and it hit me in the butt.....oh the kids thought that was soooooo funny. me? not so much.
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