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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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Greening Up...................................

Mid May and it's beginning to get green. Today was a beautiful day. I have been working in the garden on and off and finally got in a full day. I found it was very hard at first, the beginning of the week. I had to do short bursts and rest. Today, I put in a full day and felt great. I am building stamina. So...........I had Gerry go get me some wood chips and some dirt so I could start a new side garden.
It's an area that has been an eye sore for awhile now.
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I had an idea. The garden I put in last year did not do as well as I had hoped. Just not enough sun. I watched the side and found that for most of the day there is sun in a part of it. Up close to the house is shade but, the part further out gets sun. So what I did was use the part up close to the porch as my deposit for beach rocks. Make a path of wood chips bordered by some bricks and then another row of bricks. Then I put in some dirt and made a garden where I can plant my Zucchini this year. As I was working I thought there may be enough sun for some tomato as well.
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When looking at the area I thought I would also put in some shrubs later. Too much to do for now but will see next month.
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I asked Gerry to plant my shrubs and he did.
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I just have a few more things to plant, This old chair with no seat I put a piece of wood and made a place for my wire basket. Need to fill it now with the plants that are sitting in the basket at the moment.
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I planted the Hostas that I got to put in pots instead of annuals, they will come back again.
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I have a few more things yet to plant and need a tray of annuals for the other baskets.
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Poor man always thinks I am done. Never.
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I love the paths that the Poodles have made and I keep those clear for them and make more. They can get behind the shrubs and stuff and I have planted the new ones away so they can always have hiding places. They love the secret places I have made for them. It reminds me of when I was a kid and had secret paths and dens to play in. My little trails are not big enough for kids but just right for tiny dogs.
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I got the area by the shed cleaned up and need some more wood chips down for that area,but at least the junk is all gone now. There is a corner there in the back that I dump leaves and clippings. Now it's looking better. When the leaves are fully foliated you cant see quite so much of the outside world. Right now it all seems wide open. The Hosta's are not yet up in the shade gardens. I have a few more to plant there but until I see who will pop up where I have to wait. The Shade garden is filling in nice. I have found that most of the Hosta like some sun so back there they are late. The Trillium is up and blooming but is much smaller than previous years. I think the cold has stunted them.
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Now as soon as I can I will get some colour back there. I am trying to get away from annuals by putting in shrubs that have flowers. So bought Azalea. The Holly is finally getting to a reasonable size but needs food. Maybe that will help. I must get some more shrubs along the fence line so that fill in more and avoid buying a bigger fence.
I really like this little tufty grass, Carex Evergold I bought 3 and I will get 2 more to actually plant in the garden. I am still waiting to see what comes up first
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Some things do well in containers but not in the ground so have to wait to see what has survived. I think I will get zinnia or Petunias for some colour. When I get to the garden center all my plans go out the window. I just love the flowers. I always buy twice as much as I plan.
I now have several seating areas, one is sun and one is shade out back as well as my shade spot on the deck. Then there is an area at the front..........more front stuff later. My next project is the Herb garden and then the veggie garden.
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Enough for now. I just hope it all looks better when it fills in and things start to grow and bloom but for today, looks good enough.

Friday, May 4, 2018

It's May.........................................

What a difference a day makes. I was out in the garden yesterday and took a picture of daffodils in bud. Today after a night of rain they are in bloom. When I see pictures of fields of them in England my lonely one or two are pathetic. They are all I have though so here is my lonely daffodil.
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The Hyacinth was a tight bud yesterday and today is fully out.
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Usually I will buy Spring flowers for the house and later plant them outside for next year. These little mini daffs were from years past
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This Spring is late coming, so much snow. Now finally the last of it is gone and we have had rain. Our April showers came in May when the blossoms should be out. Well after this rain maybe that will happen. Maybe a nice drive this weekend? It will be nice to get out if its nice weather. Then again, I have so much to do yet. I finally got the pile of junk from the side of the garage moved. I had Gerry put the two wheel barrows (reluctantly) out in the alley. Just in time. A man came by and asked if he could take them. He came by last year looking for junk, like the old Rag and Bone man of old. He collects things he can sell for the metal or fix up and sell. SO he took those as well as all the old brooms and mops and buckets we put out, talk about good timing. Now I just have to clean up the leaves and I had forgotten the pile of broken blocks sitting there. I can use those. Got ideas yeah!!!
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I can get in part of the garage/shed now since Gerry got part of it cleaned up and I can see what I am doing. I use an old ashtray on a stand for the birds to get water. Well it has about run its life out now the top is all rusted but, for this year, I have put a new top on it and the Butterfly can sip from it.
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Another old Ashtray I also use for water for birds and critters. I often see Squirrels sipping from it.
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This year I will have big sort out and I am throwing away all the broken and chipped stuff.......yes, I will. I threw out all my cushions that were old because I know I will not get around to covering them. There is no point in pretending otherwise. I feel bad throwing out the fairies with broken wings and bunnies without ears. Ah well. I certainly have a load to go through still. The deck has a load. I have a wagon load of glass balls to wash and place.
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Some fairies have found a place already
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The swings are up.
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I have tried to plant wildflowers when I can get them and they are coming up now. So the woods should be pretty soon.
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My Trillium is in bud.
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Not a lot to show for a Spring garden. Sort of pathetic really. Soon though I can plant
Meanwhile Gerry and Cooper were raking up leaves
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My two remaining fish are happy. I love my pond. I wish I could have a bigger one. The one fish looks fat. Dare I hope she is preggers?
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The baby died last Fall and one disappeared never to be seen again so my original 3 became 4 and then 3 and now 2 again.
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Well they did get the front raked and what a mess it is out there I don't even want to go and look. Cooper made himself comfortable and sat blowing bubbles after giving up on raking
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All for now, I have cleaned all the bird feeders, found a bunch of them and fixed those so no need now to get new ones. Once clean up is done I can fill and place them in convenient spots. Supposed to be another storm tonight but at least it's rain yeahhhhh!!!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Front Garden still frozen..................................

Well I almost finished raking the back garden today. It is almost finished. Well not really but as much as I can for now. What I really want to do is plant flowers. Alas, not yet. This is the front garden.
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I did see that one lone Daffodil is braving the weather and making an appearance.
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My wind chimes mainly survived. One broke, one of the beaded ones but all the others survived intact.
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Well, I do know there is one heck of a lot of work to do out front. I noticed that several shrubs died. I am not sure if I can replace them or not. I suppose I will have to wait until I see what everything looks like once the raking is done. Right now the, what should be grass is all plastered with leaves. the side just looks like a mud patch. As soon as that gets raked I will have to sow seed there. Gosh, I wish I could buy sod. No chance. I do have to finish the front fence though. What a mess it all is.
This guy was up in the tree noshing on something.
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I liked this shining in the sun
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I tried to break up the ice out back again today but that was a no go, my back was hurting from raking. Not a good sign. Tomorrow is supposed to be a bit nicer and sunnier. Maybe I can get some more raking done. I need to rake all the stuff to the curb that I raked up and added to Gerry's pile. The driveway looks terrible and we have an appraiser coming on Friday. We are refinancing the house. Got to get the mortgage down so Gerry can retire. Trying to get everything else paid off for that event. SO that's why funding for my garden will be lean and mean.
This is the back today
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So close, yet so far away. I did notice that some daffodils are pushing through out there and the Hyacinth's are popping through. Just a few more days and it's going to be 70 degrees. Then we will see everything pop. Then again the beginning of next week more rain and the weatherman said snow. Thats OK it won't settle once the ground has been warmed up. Maybe next week I will have some better pictures.

Monday, April 23, 2018

It's almost May..............

Yes it is only April, 23rd to be precise. Still next week it will be MAY. I need to get everything that I will plant in by the end of May. Otherwise why bother. So today I got outside to try to tidy up a bit. I can only work on the back right now, the front is a disaster. I hope by weeks end maybe Gerry can get it raked out front while I deal with the back. Then get around to the front the following week. As I was out with the Poodles today I took a few pictures of the things just daring to pop.
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So much to be done. First things first, tidy up, cut back all the dead stuff. Loosen the dirt and add compost to it. Replace the wood chips and then get to the front.
I won't be planting much this year. Two of the shrubs I bought last year did not make it. I can't afford to keep doing that. I do want to replace them though. I won't be able to do a lot as years go by so flowering shrubs are a good choice. I also need to split some Hosta's so that I have more of those to spread around. I wont have the money to spend on the garden after this year so I must do as much as possible this year
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My Tulips got a bit nibbled
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I don't know if it was rabbits or frost. I am sure they will recover.
The Snowdrops are a bit weak this year, not so many as before.
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So this morning the Crows were making quite the racket. I went out to see what the problem was. There were two of them yelling at Bessie who had climbed the tree. I would have taken pictures but I figured no good could come of that situation and so I went outside. The Crows were not happy and there was one either side of the tree. They let me approach and so I called Bessie to come in, she was stuck, but with a little persuasion she came down. The Crows were happy and left. I scooted her bum in the house. Not for long though. When I took the Poodles out she was out there too.
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What a brat she is.
Here is Brea enjoying the sun
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Bodie didn't want to be out for long today, the snow had melted a bit by afternoon. Except in the shady spots where it is shear ice.
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People went by and even Bodie managed to run to the fence but that was enough for her, she wanted to go inside
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My poor Bodicea, such a sweetheart and she has to be carried out now. She can't get around much these days. She does like to sit out in the garden in the sun and will do until it gets hot. She will enjoy sitting in the shade on the deck and I can put a fan out for her. (and me)