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, June 19, 2016

Almost Summer......................

The garden is full and lush now. I have been feeding it. I have done all I can do now except maintenence. I finished the back and it just looks so much better with everything thinned out. I notice that I need to get back out front now because weeds are coming up and the plants I pulled have spread again. At least now I know what else needs to be thinned as they are at fullness now.
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The baskets are filling in too. I planted seeds in two baskets. I use the old antique ones when I can find them.
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I planted my mini roses from Jason and they and my other roses are doing good this year. I have never had luck with roses but this year seems to be a good one. I sprayed them early on and put powder on some that looked like they may have aphids. I hate to do that but, well, sometimes needs must.
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I love this rose
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The old Farm rose bloomed this year. It has more buds too
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The Foxglove came back from last year and I saw it has two babies yeahhhhh. I love them, so I hope this years new pink one will flourish.
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The "pinks" are doing really well
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Also the Sweet William that came back from last year. I could not believe how well that did.
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This is one of the things I pulled out. I left a few bunches that I staked because they fall flat at some point and are a mess. I do love the colours though, a lovely violet colour and shocking pink.
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These yellow flowers spread like crazy so I pulled a whole bunch of those. Left some here and there and they have already spread and will need thinning again. Garden work is never done
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I see that some of the Day lillies are in bud, that will be next. Summer is on the way and then it will be gone all too soon. The Azaleas are done but the Hydrangeas are about to bloom. Always something. I like it when everything blooms at the same time and all the bees come around.
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The Hens and Chicks have flowers.
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My helper got hot too quickly
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I love to take close ups
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A few other pretties
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Look at the light through these leaves, isn't it wonderful
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See everything through different eyes, see the light on leaves and shining on a flower. It's fantastic. Nature is so beautiful. I have a pot on the porch with Pansies and some sweet potatoe vines and pink Petunias.
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I may have found the right spot for my Lavender, it has a bloom on it. I have not planted it yet, I am waiting to see.
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Meanwhile. I have once again moved the sand box. Tristen insists on digging along the side of the house by the road. So that is where the sand box is for now. I trimmed the shrubs back and put his tent there too. He has a nice little area all his own. I am keeping him out of the gardens as he insists on smashing things. I have had enough. He is banished haha. I will get some woods chips to make it look reasonable and then let him have that spot for now.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Crazy weather................

It was 30 degrees the other night. Here it is June 11 and today has to be close to 90degrees. I lost the remote to the ceiling fan and about died shampooing carpets. Lucky Gerry found it in the garbage before it got thrown away. We spend the day cleaning house, Tristens room especially. Too hot for garden work.
Well, last night we got rain and that always helps things grow. The grass needs cutting and will get that done tomorrow in the morning before it gets hot. Meanwhile I have a few pictures of the garden this past few days.
I got a bit of ivy for the pot on the deck.
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I don't even want to be outside to water the plants. I hate the heat. The fish stay in the plants to keep cool
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This was the sky yesterday, the weatherman said a storm was coming through. Some places lost power but we were OK. Lots of thunder and lightening but not severe.
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The rain is always better for the garden than the hose. I will have to give everyone some more food and keep my eye on the roses. I have this nasty little gnat like thing that eats my plants. I want to find out what it is. Meanwhile a regular spray may work. The Lilac is out, I want to say French Lilac, but I forget. It's not regular Lilac and it smells divine
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The Begonias do well in pots and fill in where there is no colour. The base is an old lamp I made way long ago in ceramics class.
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I really must get some more Sweet William, I am so pleased all of these came back from last year. They are doing really well in pots. I think I will try to find some for the regular garden. I have them in full sun and part shade. I must look for other colours. They smell good too
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Last year I had no luck with Marigolds but they seem to have taken this year and I have them around the vegetable gardens
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My shrubs are blooming
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This one sets off the Iris
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My Iris do well, last year for some reason they didn't but now they have more space and I think I will try for some different colours. I want some pink ones. We have an Iris farm quite close by but they don't sell until later on. I want them NOW. I love the Dutch Iris, it's like the wild ones.
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The ones in the pond are yellow and I need to find a better container for the extra ones I had to take out.
I have some old fashioned Poppies. Usually they spread like crazy but these have not. That's OK as all the things that do, seem to be invasive. I like this one.
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I have several Chive plants throughout the garden and love them for the flowers. I usually forget to harvest them.
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The dogs only get to explore the back garden at this time. We haven't got fencing out front yet. Not sure we ever will but it would be nice. This is Brea.
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This is Bijou.
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This is little Bella
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Bodicea or Bodi as we call her most often.
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Bijou and Brea, up to no good you can tell they are plotting something.
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Today everyone stayed inside except the cats. The poodles did not want to go outside not even to the bathroom.I don't blame them but thats how come I clean carpet so often.This is Brea, Bella and Bijou.
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I look forwards to some cooler days, this is July/August weather.