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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Friday, October 21, 2016

Bringing in the sheaves, I mean house plants.................

OK so every Spring I put out most of my houseplants and bring them back in the Fall. They seem to enjoy that. The Spider plants get huge (I think of Donald Trump now every time I say HUGE). I never know who to bring back and who to just let go. The Boston Ferns I bought this year are wonderful. I have wintered ferns before and they get stringy by Spring. Sure they pick up once outside again but never look the same. So what to do. I hate to see then die. I have three of them and nowhere to put them.
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The Spider plants I usually have a place for those. Except this year two of them got really big for the spots they normally go. So what now. I could put them up in a bedroom but then I forget to water them.
This one is big and bulky. I will trim off the babies and see what happens
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This one is more manageable and I think I have a spot for this one.
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Actually that one could go in my bedroom. I could also put one in my bathroom. They may do well in there.
I brought in some Begonias because one I kept over last year did really well in the house. These are just to pretty to give up on.
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I hope the bugs got left outside. I do not like bugs.
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At the moment these are sitting on the back of the church bench that is in front of the old back door. It does not look as though Gerry will be getting that done before winter so thats a good spot with plenty of light.
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The others are sitting on the washer and dryer. For now. I don't know if the yellow begonia will be any good but I will cut her back and see what happens
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Does anyone have any luck with these in wintering over?
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Some plants just fit right in and others are just a pain. I just hate to see something die if it does not have to. These Spider plants replaced a cactus that was not doing well.
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This one with the fern may not do well but it's getting a chance.
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This plant survived last winter inside and did well outside so here she is again. Twice as big. I am not sure it will like this spot in the entrance, it may get too cold when the door is open. I am trying to think what it's called. It has those pretty drooping flowers that look like little ballerina's.
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One Geranium. I have some big ones but cant save everyone
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This came in last year too. No idea what she is but was flowering so in she came.
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This guy did well in the house last year in this same spot so........we shall try again.
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I have several more that are not looking so good and I am not sure what to do with those. They are alive and would probably perk up inside if I cut them back.
Bessie was watching the proceedings
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Talking of Bessie. She came home with a note on her collar. Some lady down the road who I do not know. She said "I love your cat, what is her name? I have been feeding her" she left a number so I called her. She just loves Bessie and wanted to know she was not lost. Wants me to put her name and number on her collar. Well I did suspect Bessie visited people, I have seen her greet people. I had an idea food was a part of her program. Anyway we had a nice chat and she promised to stop by.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Nothing going on..................

Not much happening in my garden. It's a mess. I had a yard sale during the nice weather. I think I ran that 4 days or something like that. It was fun but a pain too.
I could have spent the time working in the garden but looking around I decided it probably could wait until Spring. That is unless we get some more nice weather. By this time of year things are dying back so it's sort of hard to tell what needs to be done. The Hosta's do better in pots, they come back earlier. So I am placing those strategically around the garden.
By the way, someone ate all the ones out in the front garden. Hmmmmmm.
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This was a very disappointing year for butterfly. I had almost zero visitors. I grow things they are supposed to like. No luck whatsoever. Although I did see a hummingbird a couple of days but could not get a picture.
My vegetable garden did quite well. It was not big enough but I learned a few things. Cucumbers climb trees
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Tomatoes can become vines. They have spread all over the garden. We did however get enough tomatoes to supply us this summer. They taste so good, and I don't like tomatoes. I know what ones to buy next year and will try something a bit different. I will move the herbs to the other side and put the tomatoes where they can lean on the fence. They were so big they dwarfed the peppers. They need to go somewhere else. I have plans. I will grow some things in tubs in the driveway where they will get enough light.
Meanwhile the Mums are doing really well this year. The pink, burgundy and yellow all grew in size. So did the Asters. We got enough rain to give everyone the growth they wanted
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The Ivy took off this year too. I was pleased to see it filling in the spots that I want filled.
this one is cute, its gone white.
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My roses all did well this year. More light out front helped. Next Spring I will be digging up the garden by the road and planting Knockout roses. The ones Jason bought me, mini roses did very well when I planted them and still have flowers
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The Holly probably should be pruned but is doing well. It gets bigger each year and always has berries
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I planted seeds in two hanging baskets and they grew just fine but I didn't realize they bloomed later in summer.
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There are small apples on the tree out front. I think the deer have been helping themselves to the apples and my Hosta. Fine by me but please stay for a photo opp next time
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Pretty leaves, slow to change in my garden. Still plenty of time although wind and rain may bring them down first
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Winter will soon be here, time to plan for next year. I look forwards to the birds coming back and I am setting out the feeders to coax them in. The Chickadees are all happy and cheerfully indulging and I saw a male Nuthatch, I hope he sticks around. I am looking forwards to that.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tomatoes, Tomatoes and more Tomatoes.....................

Well the garden was a halfway success. So I am confident we will do another next year. A better planned one. We had a lot of tomatoes.
What I did was to cook them all as I had a whole bunch in the fridge that we would never get through. So I thought hmmmmm Tomato sauces.
I liked the Romano Tomato best for cooking and eating, except for the cherry ones.
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I used them all and made a batch of base for Spaghetti sauce, it will need revving up when I am ready to use it.
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I cooked Turkey burgher to use in two batches of chilli. We ate one batch and froze two.
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So no need to waste the Tomatoes. I added a green pepper that was ready but I had no use for at that time. I don't want to waste any. I don't know why the home grown ones are so much tastier? I wonder if the ones in the store are left longer to get bigger. Mine were quite small compared but tasted so good.
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I am not at all sure what the black ones are.
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Cucumbers are still blooming but no cucumbers haha
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I guess next year I will have to put in a couple of them to cross polinate.
The Robins and other birds have eaten all the berries on the Mountain Ash
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Some of the Robins are young ones and some are in moult
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I am still waiting for the eggplant to ripen. I know that critters are having their share of goodies, I see the tomatoes that have been nibbled and I smell the skunk who has been hanging around. The cats caught a mouse. So I know they are enjoying stuff and they are welcome. Next year I will plant more. Especially Sunflowers.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Next year........................

Well the Lord be willing and I make it another year, I am planning ahead for my veggie garden. I think I will continue my fence across the side yard. Then where the porch is I will dig up and put in a load of top soil. There I can make another veggie garden. I can plant some flowers along the fence line and a path between. Then...........I have seen ideas that I like. We have a lot of space here around this house so why not be productive. What was once Tristens digging spot will now become a useful area.
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I am thinking of something like this.
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I can use railroad ties because they stack and last a long time. Also once we decide to move I can fill in with shrubs.
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I know Gerry wont want to put the time in to build boxes so that will be a simple solution. It will also look quite nice if I handle it right. Not a lot of expense either. I am not sure about the fence though. That would make mowing more difficult. I just want to keep people out.
I have windows like this, so I would also like to do that for the young plants in the Spring
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The garden we have this year is a great location but not big enough. Its so crowded now. Lesson learned. The tomatoes I chose got huge and I didnt crop them back as I should have. We had too much going on and it all got neglected.
Got loads of tomatoes though and today I am making some Spaghetti sause.
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I like the cherry tomatoes and the Romano. The big beefy ones not so much but they would be great for canning. So may grow some anyway.
The peppers did well where they are but didn't have enough room or light. Next year I may dedicate that back garden to different peppers. I also think they may do well in containers.
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The Eggplant did OK, its just taking such a long time to ripen but it has two large ones on it. I think that would do well in a large container.
The herb garden can stay where it is and that thrived. So next year I will put in more. I never picked the leaf plants like Kale and spinach. So that's sort of a waste of space. We dont eat salad often so its easier to just buy that as needed and save the space. I really didnt need the herb garden because I am stocked up with spices. I just like to have them growing though. I think maybe some Asparagus and Rhubarb could go in on the side as well. It would look pretty and I like both.
I want some green beans and peas and they can grow up the side of the deck next year. I know I always made good use of those.
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So now to look forwards to Spring and it's not even Fall yet. Pity it's not such a big thing to do but would love to pull out the old crabapple tree and plant a cherry tree or something like that. Maybe in our next house I will try to be self sufficient. I still want chickens...................

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Still too humid...........

It's not letting up, this humid weather is just too much for me. I do see things dying back though. That will make weeding a lot easier. I can pull stuff and weed. Thin things out and level out the play area ready for Spring. Now if it would just stop raining long enough for me to get out there.
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Finding a few coloured leaves, not many yet but a definite change has taken place, we have turned a corner. That subtle hint of colour in the trees, the mornings and evening darker. It's coming. I can't wait. I just am really hoping for a long and mild Autumn. They say it's going to be a bad Winter according to the Old Farmers Almanac. I hope not but at this point bring it on. I am sooooo done with hot and humid. My garden is a mess.
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The Robins have stripped the Mountain Ash. They are also molting by the look of things.
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Most of the plants are done. The Black Eyed Susans are doing well and I wont thin those out.
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I do like those to spread. I will just keep them from over running the smaller plants in front. Seeing how things have died back should make it easy to thin things out.
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I had forgotten that the Nasturtiums are later bloomers. They actually did quite well once they started. So next time I think I will put those somewhere other than in baskets.
The apple tree has two kinds of apples. The birds are feasting on those.
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The critters are taking their share of all the available treats. This guy likes the berries too
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The cats are keeping down the rodent populations but Chippy seems to not have any fear. He sure isn't hungry
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I hope to get outside soon. I am doing a yard sale again as soon as it stops raining. So not sure when, I just hope that I get some time before the snow arrives.We are getting a load of tomatoes but not enough for canning. I need to make some spaghetti sause from all that are in the fridge right now. My garden was a sort of success, it was a trial only this year and I have learned what I need to change next year. I love the cherry tomatoes and the Romano's The big ones not so much as I am not really a tomato fan. The Zucchini was a dud. LOts of flowers, no Zucchini. Same with Cucumbers. So not sure how or where I will plant those next year. I will have plenty of time to think about it.