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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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Finishing up the front corner.....................

It has been so wet, yes it still is after a night of rain. It's been difficult to get out and work. I did manage for a short time today but it got so humid I didn't stay long. I did put up the rest of the fence that I had on hand yesterday. The poles that hold it together need banging down so it looks funny right now.
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This back end shows my collection of Butterfly's Milkweed. That is doing well this year. I am thinking that I need some shrubs up in that back corner. I was putting box wood back there so maybe I will just put in more of that.
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We trimmed up the pine trees along that side, it looked very bare at first. I think since things got trimmed things have taken off. I put wood chips down and I still have a lot of weeding to do but the ivy and wild flowers are doing well. We found this wagon abandoned in a field a long time ago. Right now it is growing its own collection of weeds.
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I cleaned up my garden lady. She needs new hands (wooden spoons) and once it gets better outside I will paint the chair and fix her her good. She will be holding a plant when I am finished.
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I dug out several plants and put those along the fence line. In their place I put a new Day Lily and a couple of blue Salvia. I hope they do well. The plants I had in there grew well but flopped in the heat, so they will do better under the trees and as they spread they can enjoy life in their new place.
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Some of the Day Lilies are budding. This is the new one
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This one was blooming
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Jason's roses from last years birthday are blooming. One is red and one is yellow but, the yellow one also has red blooms on it.
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one new rose that didn't seem to have taken has some shoots. Say what you will about rain, the garden sure likes it.
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The shrub I put in a barrel has thrived and is growing well now. I moved the other one out front and I think it may have survived. Hard to tell yet but I do like this with the red tips
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Last year the tea pot and the little house were on copper pipes but they fell off so this year they can sit on the small steps
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This guy was happy that I did some digging
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I think I got everything planted now. I still have weeding to do out front under the pines but the big stuff is done now. There is always work to do in the garden but now I am at the point I can take my time.
This is another ornament I refurbished. Its copper and had a glass ball that broke so I replaced it with a Christmas ornament.
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I was checking out the veggies and some tomato have babies
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I don't know who this cute little bugger is
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but hope hes not the one eating my stuff
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Meanwhile the zucchini is flowering. last year they bloomed but didn't have fruit.
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This is an extension on the veggie patch
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Well thats enough from we sit and wait for things to sprout. As long as it's not weeds.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Will the rain ever stop?..........

Rain rain and more rain and rain again. While it seems to be good for the garden its not allowing me out to get anything done out there. The weeds are growing in the veggie patch and I have to cut the suckers off the tomatoes. I got most of the stuff done out front but it's coming back so still need to do it again. Well. Yesterday we went to Mennards as they had a sale, a mail in of 11% but it's something and Gerry let me use his account. I got 3 more panels for my fence yeahhhh!!!! SO if it would just stop raining, I can get that up.
The grass seed on the side is popping
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My Peace rose is so pretty. So full, it will shed its petals tomorrow, but today it was gorgeous with the rain drops on it.
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The others are looking pretty too
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They will all drop their petals tomorrow
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As soon as it's dry enough I will give them all a dose of dairy doo
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There is hope that the zucchini will do well this year, there are flowers.
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The peppers all have flowers but look too spindly to hold fruit just yet. I hope they thicken up. To that end they too will get some topping up with fertilizer.
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Bessie still follows me when I am outside and always tries to show off
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My first Day lily is out
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I did sneak in a new one when I went to Mennards along with a Hosta that will sit out on the chair with my garden lady. These two were on sale and with a little fertilizer will be nice again. I think I will re-pot and sit them in the shade somewhere to brighten up a corner.
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So I have a lot to do this week if it stops raining long enough.
jason's rose is pretty with one yellow and one red bloom.
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Another helper out in the veggie garden
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Next time we get out in the countryside I want to dig up some daisies. I love these old daisies. I had some in the garden a long time ago but they disappeared.
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Well, here's hoping that the rain stops long enough to get what needs to be done accomplished, then it can have at it. Would be nice to have a day at the beach too one day this week. Ya never know.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Roses are red..........

The roses are doing well this year. I have never had luck with roses before. I still have a problem with them even now. For some reason the leaves are turning grey splotchy like a fungus, maybe bugs. I will check better tomorrow. Its been so wet, so hot, so humid I am sure that the wetness has something to do with it. This one is one of the two mini roses that Jason gave me a year ago.
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The other one has buds on.
This one is a knockout rose, its been here for several years and never does much but the plant is getting stronger.
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The next one is an old farm rose given to me by my sister in law's father. It smells divine. I had to move it a couple of years ago as it got too shady where it was. It is making a come back.
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This Yellow rose is quite prolific, it would make a good climber, I must prune it back in the Fall. I really must learn some of the names.
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This one is doing really well this year, probably about 5 years old. This year it is really blooming well, in fact I gave Laura 6 roses from that bush.
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I have several other rose bushes, not that you could really call them bushes at this point but it seems my Dairy Doo really did the trick. It has given them a burst of energy and they are all doing well this year. Even the ones not blooming are getting bushier.
This is an old favourite, maybe one or two blooms a year so far but at least still blooming. I believe this was my "Peace" rose.
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The other new one from last year, a small bushy rose.
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I have another couple of roses that are not blooming yet so will show those in another blog when they do. This one I put in last year and it seemed to like its spot but this year I am not so sure. When I can get working out there again I think I must try to prop it up and give it some Dairy Doo. The front garden has not had any yet. I had made a good beginning then we got all the rain. I have finally finished with the weeding and thinning so now I can work on details.
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When I got back from taking pictures this was waiting for me............."come on Mum, get back in here"
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Every time I get back they want a treat............

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Veggie Garden..........................

I tried a veggie garden last year with moderate success. I didn't expect anything and was moderately surprises. I did learn a few things. I learned cucumbers can climb trees, so this year I planted some seeds in a more convenient spot and not one came up.
Anyway, this year I expanded the plot somewhat and laid down some Dairy Doo..........that helped. The rest of that part of the garden is shaded so that is still a Hosta garden. I put a lot of the plants in pots so that I could move them later. These are my Spring onions, taste awesome, just snip off the greens for now.
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At first they were all together so they caught the most sun. Now the trees have foliated, the area is more shaded so I have moved the tomatoes and peppers to another spot. I will continue to move as needed and will be buying some more dairy doo to help them along. It is another experiment this year. Some year I will be better at using the space I have.
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This is the top corner of the drive. An unused space and so it is now a spot for my veggies. I have since moved the pine to our deck. I got that one out of the front garden as it had sown itself, I didn't want to kill it off and so its in a tub. It will be a Christmas tree this Winter.
In it's place now are some tomato and peppers. I want to see who does best this year, those in ground or pots.

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Chives, I plant Chives as much for the flowers and have them in several spots in the flower garden
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Variegated Lemon Thyme
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Mexican Tarragon (I think)
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Parsley and mint
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Several kinds of Peppers, including Mild Jalapeno
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I have peas, and beans, except the beans got eaten by Chippy and so only two sprouted.
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Sage came back from last year.
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Then we have a couple of lazy cats hanging out. Bessie is napping on the front porch.
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Boots likes the shade on the deck and takes advantage of the pond.
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I have not shown the tomatoes but you can see them in the garden shot...........sigh, I am really hoping they do well this year. I have to figure out what the "suckers" are and clip those so that they don't spread over the whole garden this year.