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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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 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.


Magic Love Crow said...

You have brilliant gardens Janice! A lot of fun! I love rocks too ;o) Instead of grass, grow clover ;o) It's easy and spreads and is so hardy!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Spray painting the areas green could be good too! LOL!

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