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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Sunday, May 3, 2015

It;s May, It;s May..................

It's May but we need some April showers.It has been a very long and damaging winter. Looking around my garden, things seem reluctant to come up. I keep looking for signs of life. I am wondering if they are really coming up this year. My Day Lillies are hardly showing, they are hiding. I feel like I should not plant until I can tell if things will come up.
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It is supposed to rain tonight. Maybe for the next couple of days. I hope it does, maybe that will warm the ground and give everything incentive to make a show.
I do know a lot of damage has been done. I can see from my ivy that a lot is gone. I was at some of the garden centers today and have the overwhelming urge to buy plants. I must resist. I am planning on a new rose garden. I need to move the ones I have and dig up that area. I don't have enough sun for roses but other peoples roses do well with a little shade. SO I will try again.
The Forsythia seems to have run its course and is not doing well. There are a few areas that are OK and I must really try to move some. Meanwhile........enjoy some of the Spring flowers that have deigned to show up.
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I have wildflowers in my garden as well. I don't remember how that came about, I got some Trillium years ago and with that came a few other things maybe. The Trillium has spread but wish it would spread more. I would love to get more but its now against the law. I just have to hope they continue to spread. I have some Dutch Mens Britches and some little blue flowers. I wish they would hurry up and spread. Funny how the stuff I no longer want to spread does so more every year no matter how much I pull.
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I will be very happy if the grass would green up. The grass is a problem. Tristen plays out there, the dogs pee out there. Its hardly grass anymore. Still I will try to put down some seed and see how it goes. For now nothing looks nice. Maybe I should just spray paint it green and be done with it.
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I have little pathways throughout the garden for the dogs to play on, to chase around. I work on them every year trying to make them more interesting. Still so much to do. I remember in a park in Dunstable, I was intrigued with some little hidden paths where you could be hidden from view. I am aiming for something like that but it takes so long for anything to grow, I need some fast growing shrubs that like shade. I need some alternatives to grass. Or grass that grows quickly and will hold up against kids and dogs.
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I love rocks and this rock garden needs some work as does everything else.
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Another area I am working on. It was all shrubs last year. I have cut back the shrubs as it was dead or dying and scraggly. So, now I have the bird feeders there and will use this area to access those. I will put some tubs of flowers in there for interest.
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Its a new area and so I will have to think about what to do with it, the rose does well there, the only rose I have that has thrived. maybe I should plant another rose in there?
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This makes a nice picture I think, one of my old ploughs.
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Last picture for today.......at least my hosta's do not fail me
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So as I sit here and hope for rain, I also hope for a good nights sleep. It's humid again tonight. It was 80degrees today. I can't work outside in that. Thats ok, I have a lot to do inside tomorrow.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A few things to prove its Springtime..........

Yes it's here, it really is. I even went to the store to get garden stuff. i am so excited. I got some mulch and today I finished spreading that and raking the front garden. Now down to the nitty gritty. I must turn over some of the dirt and get things loosened up. Help the worms out airing out the soil. Maybe tomorrow.
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I have my fountains working. I moved them to new spots so I can see the birds enjoying them. I rearranged the bird feeders. I am happy to report the fish are doing fine. The young one who is black is now turning orange, you can see it now.
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The garden is looking good, as good as it can before anything begins to grow.
Another good sign of Spring around here are the babies, the Olson buffalo herd. Baby buffs.
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I just had to stop to take some pictures. I kept meaning to but things just kept on happening and so they are getting big already.
Well while we were watching two big boys were fighting. That was fun to watch, I guess they were not too serious like they may be in the wild but hey, it was fun to watch.
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Then there were the ones having a dust bath
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Then we saw a baby all on its own. We were a bit worried about it, then mum goes over and kicks it and up he gets and trots off just fine. There are a few small ones yet, but most are half grown now.
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Well, back to the garden. I have enjoyed the birds all winter and now not too many come to the feeders. I suppose they are busy with nests and families and are finding food just fine. The Chickadees still come, the Cardinal now and then and the yellow finches pop in now and then.
A couple of days ago I saw my first butterfly. WOW.....no butterfly last year and now one already. It came to the fountain I had moved. Maybe this is a good sign????
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Maybe they came last year and I just didn't see them? Well I will be watching close this year
I am linking up with The Dedicated House, Make it pretty Monday
also with Inspire Me Monday

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Finally.................

I think it's here, I really do....Spring that is. The Snowdrops are really showing off at the moment. It rained yesterday and today I see Hyacinth popping through.
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I spent today raking the front yard. What a mess it is out there at this time of year. The back we finished a few days ago. I don't like to leave the back when I am on a roll but the front had to get a start. I am pooped. It felt so good to get started though. Gerry said he had raked but I got about 4 wheel barrow loads out there to the curb today. I can now see what's coming up.
I moved the fountain from the front to the back. I like to make things look different. We seldom if ever sit out front so I will enjoy the fountain out the back now, I can see the birds making use of it.
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It needs a new pump. I moved the little boy fountain into a corner that we can see as well. I will redo his area this year, from where he used to be. I am enjoying getting outside and getting enthused at the changes.
The fish showed up. I was a bit worried but all 4 are there.
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I moved my small fences to encircle some of the flower beds, in the hope of keeping Tristen's feet off the gardens. We moved his play house. We cut down a Rose of Sharon bush, it was straggly and I was not fond of it. SO we put his house there and moved his sand box next to it. I am hoping to keep him contained in one area. Yeh like that will work.
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It's still looking a mess at the moment but we will be working on that. AT least it's confined to one area now. I have to figure out what I want to do in the back shade area now. Its nice to have it back with out all the toys and sand box.
That will probably be my summer project. Meanwhile I disturbed this guy.
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I was watching a small woodpecker across the road.
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The poodles are enjoying being able to get outside. They love just sitting on the deck if Tristen is not around. You can see in this picture the edging that I put around. I would like to find some more. I got that several years ago and have used it somewhere different every year. It's heavy and I have not found any more like it.
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The water Iris is growing back, its a pretty yellow plant and the fish love to hide in its roots
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Look at the leaves popping
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Every day they get bigger and open a little more. The other trees are tight buds, this a a type of Maple. I think a silver maple. I have been watching the birds. We must have a Cardinal nesting close by because he is up at the crack of dawn every day in the tree outside my bedroom. He hangs out in the back yard, I can hear him now. Noisy little beggar. Good to see them nice ad healthy though after such a cold winter.










Saturday, March 28, 2015

Poodles again.................

I did get a few pictures of the girls today. So in lieu of garden pictures, here are some pretty girls.
Here we have Bella in front and Brea behind. Still for a change to take a picture.
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Sweet Bella, she is such a good little girl, quiet. She seldom barks. Unlike another couple I could mention. When she wants to play though, she will annoy the heck out of Bodi, she will take her toys and run off with them. So she has her moments. She loves to snuggle.
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Brea, she is the smallest of the four. Well she was. She has put on some weight. They all need to get out and get some exercise. She has a cute face, delicate looking. She is the naughty poodle, mischief, defiant, noisy. She is adorable.
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Here is Boots, enjoying some sun in the garden. She came in, even she does not like the cold.
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Then there is Bodicea, she enjoys cooler weather for much the same reason I do.......us plus size models get warm in the house. Bodi is the one everyone has always loved, she is the cuddly one and Tristens favourite.
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It looks like they will all be needing hair cuts once it begins to warm up. Looks like someone dropped a treat
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Bijou is the white poodle. She has recovered from her surgery and is doing well. She likes her new dog food and so all is well in the poodle world for now. We do have to get them in for teeth cleaning but that has to wait for now. They do like the heating pad though, when its cold outside.
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Bijou is a pretty poodle. Then again, I have never known an ugly one. She is also the pest, the pain in the butt, the instigator. She barks a lot. Gets the others going.
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I had the gate open and Bijou and Brea were out in the garden with me. Bodi and Bella would not come out, they said it was too cold.
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Brea enjoys running outside and exploring the bushes. I think she smells rabbits, but the rabbits would be bigger than she is. At least the ones I have seen are.
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This is Brea being defiant again. "Come on in" says I. "Don't have to" says Brea
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Boots says I'm coming in.........
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