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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Wednesday, August 31, 2011


© Joyce Kilmer


I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth sweet flowing breast

A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair

Upon whose bosom snow has lain
Who intimately lives with rain

Poem's are made by fool like me
but only GOD can make a tree…


The seasons change and it shows in the garden first. The garden looks tired now but will still have a few more bursts of colour before the snow fly's. Its time to begin putting the garden to bed. That means deciding what to bring back indoors before it freezes. Listen to the weather for frost warnings. Beware those lovely clear starlit nights.
The ornamental grasses and the bee balm has all gone to seed. I will leave that for the birds. Most things that lay flat I just cut down to tidy up. I also like to bring in a few new plants to brighten things up a bit. My Astors have really done well this year and are about ready to bloom. I bough a few more to fill in a few empty spots and hope they thrive.

I loved this colour. Mine are darker purple or else white. I hope this one thrives.


I seem to have problems when I get Mums. They may last but only one or two spindly sticks come back. Until this year that is. I finally made the effort and nipped them back twice this year. Now they are more bushy and I hope will continue to do well. I have bought a couple more to sit around and add colour. This is a pretty pink one.


I am not overly fond of mums as they don't smell good. Still, neither do geraniums but they are a work horse of the garden world. I have them because they bloom late in the season
At this time of year I am glad that I have pretty glass balls around to provide some colour. During summer a lot of them cant be seen because the flowers overwhelm them. Now they are peeking through again,


In the back its mainly Ivy and Vinca Vines, but in Spring it is sweet with Trillium and Jack in the Pulpit. I have rocks to give height and some texture. Thats my shade garden. I have a side garden I am working on that has Hosta but I need to get more Ivy in there to fill it out now the Hosta is established.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Daisy Chains..........

Reina playing in the fields where I kept my horse. We made daisy chains and had a fun day. Alas we dont go there now my horse is gone, we all miss Lady. She is now "pushing up daisies" as they say.


To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour. ~
William Blake

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Photo by Kathy Dennis


Cobwebs bright with dew
Diamonds glitter in the sun
Strung on silver chains.

One of my pretty garden flowers. So bright and cheerful