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spring blossoms

27 Apr


It seems like everything is beginning to take on color.  I love that about spring.  Dogwood tree are blooming, my crabapple tree, and now the perennials in my flower beds are opening up. 

One of the objectives for my gardens has been to gradually transition from mostly annuals to perennial flowering plants.  Last year I planted the clematis vine (picture) and this year it is already a bunch of pods that are beginning to open. 



side-of-fence1The area by my fence contains this clematis and a dianthis which I planted two years ago.  This year, this is how it came up.  NO work on my part, I did nothing and I think the flowers are so beautiful.  I would love to have all my gardening be this easy. 


This is another variety of dianthus.  It is not as hardy as the one above and I think it is only biennienal.  (I have these across the front of my house)   Once again, they just came up like this.  I didn’t have to do anything.  You just have to love it!!!  

 I had been concerned that the megabucks I invested last year in rubber mulch may have been a bit extravagant, but it has held up really well.  I have only had to pull weeds around the perimeter of the beds and they were much easier to pull up than last year.   So, I think over a period of 3 years, it will prove to be more cost effective and less labor intensive.  It has taken me so much less time to get things cleaned up after winter.    

In other areas of I have hostas that are poking up. In some places they are already really big.  I have bulbs and more perennials that I hope to get out soon.  Spent Saturday afternoon trimming shrubs.  Yes, I still use the hedge trimmer that requires manual empowerment.  I DO NOT allow the hub to do this because the last time, I ended up with a bush that looked like pacman.  It is still trying to grow and fill in that gap.  Trimming shrubs required the use of muscles that don’t typically work when sitting at my computer all winter.  Needless to say, Sunday morning I was hurting. 

But, today is Monday, muscles have made amazing recovery, I am back at the computer in the office, but looking forward to getting out the gardening gloves and starting again this afternoon.

More pics to come.   



17 Jul

Summer Blooms

Bone tired

22 May

Started the day out with a walk on the trail.  It was a magnificent morning and the air was heavy with the aroma of spring.  I passed a wild wisteria and lots and lots of honeysuckle.  It was nice hubbie and me time.  (He has been after me for a while to start doing this before, well……)

Next Micky D’s for a breakfast burrito.  I am addicted to these in the morning. 

Next back home to wash down the back deck, evict all the spiders (who just stood back looking at me like they knew who the boss was), wash the big sisal-type rugs that are back there.  Hose down the rocking chairs and then take on painting some of the other pieces.  Outdoor furniture looks for fresh and clean with new paint. 

Hubby did some more mulching for me (and yes, I really am almost done, just one more area!) 

Now, the problem:  because the ground has not gotten really warm yet, some of my annuals look like they aren’t going to make it. Not to mention that some ornery creature is STILL eating on them.  I guess tomorrow I get serious and bring out the snail bate! 

Supper, and then visit a friend home from the hospital

Back home, a trip to the hot tub and then before long bed—-just to get up and get going again tomorrow.  Happy Wednesday everyone!


Another display of splendor

15 May

Just had to share this beautiful creature with you.  As some of you know I have been working to update some of the landscaping around our house—a lot of sweat equity going on here.  I love the garden.  I love the dirt.  I love the earthworms and the bees and the butterflies.  I DO NOT love the snails because they eat my hostas.  But what I really, really most especially love is the creativity of our Father, with his endless palatte of colors, designs, textures and shapes.  I will have more pics to follow, but this was so beautiful I couldn’t wait.  Hope you enjoy.


Still not moving so well…

27 Apr

Another day of hoeing, raking, etc.  Still so darned sore, but the back yard is almost finished.  I ran out of mulch, so a trip to Walmart in BG will be necessary again.  I really, really love this rubber mulch that I am working with.  I love the idea of recycling something and it is organically dyed so it is a really pretty brown color. 

I bought a bird feeder today and some bird food.  I just love watching those little critters, so soon I will hopefully have some pretty little ones enjoying a snack here.  I also got my humming bird feeder out—needs washing—but will have it out soon. 

I planted some sun ferns in the ground–first time for me—but the lady at the nursery said they were intended for full sun.  Mine will get sun for half the day so maybe they will do well.  Lots of other stuff planted–a pretty purple clematis, some dianthis, periwinkles, —divided my hostas and monkey grass.  Man, that stuff grows fast.  I started in the back first because I want it to be done when we open the pool. 

Next week I start weeding the front—-I tell you this,  I KNOW that some of those weeds have roots all the way to China!!!

Anyway, if you see me walking funny, or just standing there unable to move, please don’t laugh.  And if you happen to see me on the ground,  please come help!

BYW, I really expected some good, home remedy from Mama Rosi and Wet Granola—-I can’t go to Brenda every day!

Also, SC, just what were you doing to Maggie’s ceiling??