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.
... I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.......Psalm23:6
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lots of Flowers.......

This time of year there are a lot of pretty flowers. I don't see too many birds. Now and again they sort of half heartedly come snoop around, especially the Chickadees and Bluejays, seldom anyone else. Not many photo opps.
Although I have twice bought new camera's I go back to my old Kodak, it just gets a clearer sharper image for me. I am not an expert so want a point and shoot that works as I want it to, without the fiddling.
So here are some pretties from my garden the last couple of days.
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The Daylilies seem to continue to bloom, one after the other to keep colour in the garden. I must get more of those, they are so reliable. They come in wonderful colours and look different at different times of the day.
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I seem to take pictures every day of the lillys because they are so pretty. The Bee Balm is up and splendid, it seems to get taller every year. I need to move a few things out of its way so that the lilly does not have to compete for light.
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My Bee Balm is in 3 colours. I have noticed that the coloured daisies have not come back this year. The white ones are doing well though. This is the front from the road
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The bottles filled an empty space. The side that I did new this year is doing OK. I will move some of the lilly's there in the Fall. I could also move some yellow daisies.
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The side near Buds house is in need of attention, the shrub needs to be pruned and the yellow daisies pulled. Those red things are pretty when they flower
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Some of the Roses are doing well this year and continue to bloom.
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More Lilly's
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I take pictures every day, so many don't get shown. I wish in some ways I had an outlet for it so that I could show my pictures. It would be great to be able to sell some. Maybe I will do a facebook page of just my flowers and birds.
This rose finally has a flower, its a pale pink Knockout rose. It got black spot and died back but this year looks healthy.
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This guy is taking his life in his hands. Both cats have their eye on him and when he was on the bird feeder he let me go right up to him. I am sure he would have eaten out of my hand if I was so inclined.
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I won't encourage that though. I would love to see other creatures come to the feeders instead of squirrels.
A couple of things doing well this year
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These things are so pretty and so invasive. I will pull a bunch when they stop blooming. The bees like them though and because they are pretty I will allow them to grow, just choose where.
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OK enough for today. I need to go get some water and while I think about it my inside plants need water too.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Garden in summer...................

My garden in summer heat has to take care of itself. I hate the heat, especially humidity. By this time of year I have pretty much given up on the garden. I do need to do some weeding but it will have to cool down quite a bit before that happens. It's the humidity that kills me.
The Daylilies are blooming, I would like to get some more, more diversity. They do so well in my garden that I want to stick with what works.
In this spot I have two climbers, the first one to bloom was pink, it had one flower and was done. Now the 2nd on is blooming and doing better
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I was surprised to see my Foxglove bloomed this year. I bought another before I saw that lasts years had come back, so maybe next year both will do well. The older (pink) one has doubled itself.
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The Daisies are doing well this year. I had several plants and last year they didn't do well but are back this year and looking happy
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One that I put in will need to be moved because the plants ahead of it have grown taller and hide it. It is a pretty Daisy too, fluffy looking.
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I did feed everyone twice already but think I will have to do that again, I don't seem to get a whole lot of blooms all at once. It always looks sparse.The Daylilies have some pretty colours.
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The red ones don't photograph well.
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These flowers spread all over, I had to really pull them out this Spring. They are so pretty though. I do love them but they can kill others if not controlled.
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More lilies
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Lots of small plants that I wish would take off.
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Some of the Roses did well, others never bloomed
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The Bee Balm is blooming, I have 3 colours of that. Sort of straggly at the moment not sure I have any pictures yet.
Every year I have to replan things. This year I didn't have any money to spend. I want to continue the fence line and fix the area under the corner Pine tree, the ivy is doing well there so I think I will plant more until it covers the whole area. Once the fence is up then I can keep it under control and move one of my old ploughs under there.
The area near the road needs to be dug up and replanted. So much yet to do.
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Maybe some Daylilies or a Knockout rose would do well. Or some Lavender. Anyway, come Fall I must weed it out and see what I can move into the garden.
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Well that's it for now. I will post more when it cools down.