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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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.

Basil
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Rosemary
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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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Asparagus
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Dill
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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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Kale
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Spinach
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Oregano
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Zucchini
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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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

More garden news..............................................

I have not had the money to buy plants this year. Well, I did buy a few shrubs but that was the end of that. As my husband is still paying for those I am in the dog house so to speak. So.........I am being thrifty. The original spending spree only managed to fill one basket that I put on the deck.
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I have to say it is very pretty at the moment. I have never before bought these and I love them
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The back garden is thriving
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The vegetable garden is doing well and I will do a seperate post on that later. Meanwhile my climbing thingie is looking really nice this year.
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Some things come back year after year. Did not disappoint this year.
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I did buy one house plant that I will take in this Fall because its one of those easy to propogate things. Another I want later is a Purple Passion.
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I am not sure this will show up very well but I made this from two old barrel hoops and a glass ball
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My first wooden wind chimes that I was inspired to make from my visit to the glass shop in Suttons Bay
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In my initial purchase were a tray of begonias and I have some of those in this old lamp that I made in ceramics many years ago
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My Roses are all doing well, it's amazing how a little more light can make such a difference. I will have more roses to show later as most are just in bud at the moment. They all survived the winter so there is that.
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I am re-purposing my old things from last year and I have had to sit and paint all the old flower stakes so that they can be used again this year. I used nail polish and glitter and they look pretty good. So maybe when I am finished with the front I can show some of those.
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I have had luck with my bottle trees and have 4 now. I will probably try to do a few more because I just love glass
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I am jumping around in my back garden trying to show a lot of it.
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This was one of my mended plant stakes, the ladybug had died, I found a red stone and fixed it. I have learned this year that there is no need to keep buying things because I like them, its more satisfying to mend and fix what I have. (shussshhhhh so I can buy plants instead)
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I fixed this one up with a glass thing (bell) that I had no use for
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Well, I must stop now because I could keep going on. So much to show since last time and it does drag on. So for tonight I will close and try to load more pictures.