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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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Front Porch...............

I have never really liked my front porch. It was not too bad when it had the vines growing up it. Now it's way too open. Its also rather awkward looking. I have a bench over near the window because I don't want it getting too wet when it rains. The rocking chair gets wet and has to be painted now and then to keep it from falling apart.
When Gerry works on the outside of the house I am thinking we will put rails up. Wooden spindles like we put on the rental house. (That is going to be for sale soon) Maybe enclosing it will be better. Maybe then I will feel more like cleaning the ceiling and getting rid of cobwebs. I do like decorating for the seasons though. Now is Autumn.
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I do not do Halloween but I do love the Autumn. Cooper got a couple of pumpkins something I don't normally do. However if it's not carved I like them, just buy fake ones haha. I do have some pretty little gourds and last time I got some the critters ate them.
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By finding the Autumn stuff up in Alex's closet I happened to get that sorted out. Woo Hoo two jobs accomplished.
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I have, somewhere, stuff for all seasons. It's a matter of finding them every year. Well they are back in the garage now,the summer stuff that is. I wanted to keep them all in the house so I knew where they were but they have been changed around so many times it was a guessing game again. So now, back to the garage at least till next year. Was a bit put off by resident spiders or at least cobwebs. One day I will be organized. I had the stuff handy until I had to empty closets when Gabby moved in.
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I could use a table top ornament so maybe I will do some thrift shopping and see what I can find. I just can't get out of my funk and want to do things.
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The weather has been so nice and I have not had the energy to go walking. I have to snap out of it. I still have loads to do in the house. Also it's time to get stuff in for winter and it aint happening. Tomorrow is another day.
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Well all I can say is it better not snow...................I don't know where the winter/Christmas stuff is haha

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Nothing going on...............................

I have been under the weather for a few weeks now. I am missing my usual enthusiasm and just feeling blah. So this has been a perfect week to work in the garden and I have done nothing. I have a feeling it will stay as it is until Spring.
My next chore is bringing in plants. That is not a joy for me. I could just leave things outside but hate to see things die when they don't have to. Plus the fact that my Geraniums that came in last year have been so beautiful and full of flowers. It may just be they liked the Dairy Doo so I must remember that next year.
So another year passes into Autumn and very soon into Winter. I am loving these cooler days and chilly nights with the bedroom window open. humidity. Ahhhhhh I just love it. So really I do wish I could buck up some and get out there and just do it.
Jasons plant is thriving, so must come in this weekend. It won't like frost.
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I don't want to loose it after all these years.
I will bring in the 3 Geraniums that I now have. I only bought one this year and must try to save that one. I am going to put some benches in front of bedroom windows so I can sit a few plants upstairs in the windows.
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This Fuchsia is several years old now and so I do want to cut it back and save it again. Trouble is when the plants are crowded in one spot it's hard to take good care of them. My bedrooms upstairs are seldom used now so a good place for them I hope. I have a bunch of these and several new ones so will see those through the winter indoors again. It saves a fortune in the Spring.
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I have so enjoyed my Basil and will try to see that through winter in the kitchen window maybe, along with the Rosemary.
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I must cut some sage and dry that or maybe freeze some but really don't use that like I did the other two and Sage comes back every year. Maybe I will just dry it and enjoy the smell?.
I have found that I really have not used most of the herbs I have planted except for those two, Basil and rosemary. So wont replace them if they die off. I always use Sage for stuffing so thats OK and it looks nice too. I will bring in my small Lavender and see if I can nurse that through in the house. I have NO luck growing lavender and this one thrived in its small pot.
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It will soon be time for my bird watching again. I really have not seen many birds at all this summer. At least not at the feeders. I have a nice Boston Fern, I only bought one this year and may try to save that and this other plant that I can not recall its name. It's pretty so may as well try. The thing is I hate to think what comes in on the plants and I don't like to spray them. I wonder what everyone else does? I don't have time to repot them and not sure they will get washed, I usually give them a good spray with the hose and call it good. What do you do?
In need of ideas. This one stayed tight all summer so I bet there is much wildlife in there, ugh!...............
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I still have not pulled the Deadly Nigtshade out, I love the berries and the birds eat them. Who would have thought it.
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My brain is not functioning today, I can't remember any of the names of my plants so fill in the blanks till I get back to it. Sigh!!!!
The bees are still busy although there is not much out there to feed on. Usually it's way colder than this. I see someone finally ate my Hostas out front. Yet to find out if it is Rabbit or Deer but they are welcome to them at this time of year.
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Stll a few green Tomatoes, although we didn't get a big crop we got enough to enjoy and I learned what I want next year.
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Next many more next years do I have? Time goes so quickly and yet Winter seems long. If it just holds off till January that would be nice. Time to make dinner, it's Sloppy Joes tonight. I have not had those in ages. So looking forewards to that.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunny Sunday..................

Today was a lovely day and I was watching Ryland so didn't attempt to do anything. I had thought about going out today but was tired. This getting up at 5am is not doing my body any good. If I had to do this constantly I would have to make a big effort to go to bed early, This is the last day for babysitting so I am thinking tomorrow I will sleep in............Then next week I have plans to either tidy up this garden or rearrange things inside. Monday though I will rest up best I can and get some strength back.
This afternoon I went out to see whats going on out there. The bee's were busy out back they were enjoying the Garlic Chives.
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I love the Garlic Chives, the flowers are so pretty. Look at this pretty little bee

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The Mums are full and pretty right now.
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Ryland, my little charge for the day is sitting reading and later feeding the fish.
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Happy Fish
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I filled the bird feeders and the Blue Jays were first in to enjoy the bounty.
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The poodles got their hair cuts yesterday and so were enjoying some sunshine
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I was enjoying checking out the seeds, I love how beautiful they are, and of course the promise of the year to come.
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The daisies are all battered from the rains, several days last week as well as bugs that have been chowing down on everything.
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Some flowers still surviving but not very showy, it's been a very weird year. The garden was never really impressive at all.
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The Hydrangea are small and sparse but very pretty.
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Well there is a lot to do out there so that I won't have so much to do in the Spring. That will depend upon the weather. If it's hot or wet forget it. I am done with heat.
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So the garden is pretty much ready to be put to bed. I should get bulbs now for Spring, but Spring is so far off I just can't get in the mood to spend money on next year. It is only September after all. I am just wondering what kind of Autumn we will have.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Last of Summer adventure #2.........................

Well my garden is so boring right now and I figure I will just post the garden pictures from Yesterdays adventure here instead.
So Laura and I probably took our last summer outing because she is moving down state at the end of the month. The weather has not been cooperating this year and so much else has been going on that we have not been out that often. So now, after Labour Day weekend the tourists are thinning out and the beaches are nice and quiet again. This post though is about the gardens out at Port Oneida.
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This is part of the gardens they planted to show how people lived back when the first farms were settled. At Port Oneida there were several farms in the immediate area, this one is being used as an example and has been planted with things that would have been grown back in the 1800s. This is the back view of that farm.
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Three Sisters.....Corn, green beans and Squash. Planted together they do well.
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They grew Sunflowers for oil and seeds. Tomatoes, Millet, Dill for pickles and in another garden raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. The orchard here has apples, but another also has pears, I have also seen Gooseberries.
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With a few acres they were pretty self sufficient, all they needed were a few chickens, maybe a goat and a cow along with horses to plough. What more could a person want? In that area at least there are many Deer and Turkeys and Bear and Beaver if you are so inclined for fur. Canada Geese and Sandhill Cranes are common visitors and so a good farmer and outdoors man could provide very well for his family. Certainly an abundance of trees for heating the house, but Winters are long and cruel sometimes. The farms seemed to be within a reasonable distance of each other in this community. Further on the other side of Empire is another collection of small holdings. Lovely barns and I bet they helped each other put them up. I think I could have lived and been happy there.
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Sunflowers are such beautiful and useful plants. The flowers they grew encouraged the bees and so had a practical side as well as a beautiful side.
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Some flowers had medicinal qualities and most farm wives knew how to use them.
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I wonder now how many people these days know about such things, there was a time when every house wife knew her herbs and what grew where and what it was used for. Nature has so much to offer out there, the willow trees for baskets along with the reeds and grasses from the rivers. The rivers also being full of fish. No one should ever have gone hungry. All they had to do was learn how to preserve things.
This farm across the road from this one.
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.......and around the corner this one
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Along the same road are 3 or 4 more farms and one is still being worked. Usually they are with a life time grant before it goes to the park for posterity.
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There were pests to hold off and I know chickens can help with some of the bugs.
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The Olson Farm also had gardens and had Zinnias in theirs as well as Hollyhock and a Butterfly bush...........Look how pretty the Zinnia are close up.
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I suppose if we do get out there again it will be for the Fall colours. Not quite ready for that yet.
The history of our area is simple but interesting. I can relate to the early settlers and their lives, hard working people. How beautiful it must have been when they first arrived. A shame that it was all taken from the original peoples who did not know the concept of "owning" land.