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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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Flowers.....

I bought some Spring flowers for the house. I usually do this time of year, then they go in the garden later and will be there for next year.

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I love these little mini Daffodils.

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I got some different colour tulips for this year. I really liked these.

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Gabby got some too from someone when she had the new baby. So those too will go into the garden. I don't think I have any yellow ones yet. She does not have a garden to plant them in.

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Meanwhile the African Violets are blooming. Spring MUST be on its way. It was 50 degrees today.

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reminded me of jelly beans.........

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Poor Robins.........

I am sure its not unusual but I have never had a Robin at a bird feeder. They eat worms and grubs and berries and fruit in the Fall. Well I saw my first Robin of the Spring in my bird feeder last week. Thursday to be precise, I was on my way to the dentist. The lady there said she had two at her feeder. The poor things must be desperate

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When I got home I put out some dried fruit and there are nuts in my bird feed as well as corn and sunflowers etc. I have not seen the Robin since. We have several foot of snow still before they can get to grass.

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The Robin looks healthy enough though. I know there are plenty of fields outside of town that have been swept clear by the winds. So maybe he went off looking for better grub.
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As you will see in the next picture taken by the photographers for the Glen Arbor web site..........the field is clear of snow and there are at least 125 deer feeding there. They know its not hunting season. So maybe my Robin heard of this?
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Meanwhile my garden has snow up to the height of the fences and until it warms up a bit and the sun comes out that's not going to change very soon.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

woo hoo there are two...........

So last night I went to make sure the window was shut. I had been taking pictures and I often leave it unlatched. If the north wind is not blowing then I leave it was closed but look who was out there.
I took several pictures before I put the flash on. I open the window slowly and they just carry on.

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So I am hoping that its a male and female. One would think so don't you think? They have such cute faces. Can they really hang from trees by those tails? I think they are living under the deck. Might be a bit crowded if the skunk resides there too. Have not smelled him though so maybe he is elsewhere.
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I hate to say I don't trust my neighbour but he hunts. He does not seem to like to see the wildlife here because it may damage his grass. Or in the case of squirrel, dig up his tulip bulbs and move them over to my house hehe.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My Garden Today.............

In my garden today, even though tomorrow is the first day of Spring, it was SNOWING. Well, I keep saying is only March. It's just been a very long and very snowy winter. The sun came out for a few moments though and I got a shot of the Silver Maple in the back garden. The sky was so blue and the buds stood out. They have grown bigger. Some trees bud in the Fall after the leaves have all fallen, just little noblets. Now they look as though they may be ready to pop if only it would warm up a bit. Maybe next week.
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Soon after the snow came in heavy. The small birds were at the feeders. I filled the front feeders as well as the back. I usually watch the back. The small birds love the grapevines, it gives them some great shelter while they wait for their turn, or while they shell their prize.

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Today though I happened to look out the front after filling them up. There were two Chickadees in the vines on the porch, they were drinking from the icicles that were dripping. So cute. I love those little birds they are like little pom poms. The Junco's were back today.
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Finches were here today, the yellow ones. Not the bright yellow ones though
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Meanwhile out front, where it was not so crowded we have a Nuthatch
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Of course the Cardinal can't miss a meal.

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Tristen went out to enjoy the snow for a short time, he came in quicker than he did yesterday. Notice the Chickadee was not interrupted he carried on regardless.

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Tristen didn't stay long, he forgot his gloves and didn't want them. Of course that didn't last long and in he came for some hot soup and bread and butter, he went on to play Batman instead. He said "It vebby cold out der"

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Last nights visitor.....

Our Possom was back.....he/she was feasting at the feeder. She seems to really like the sunflower and corn that I have been putting out. I don't know if she comes every night. I do know the food goes very quickly. I really do hope that the possom is a she. Maybe I will get to see baby possoms.
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A possom is not the cutest of animals. Well it is if it keeps it's mouth shut. I do not like its horrible spiky teeth or its ratty tail for that matter. Still, there is something about it that is appealing.
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That picture is a bit hazy, it was taken in the dark with a flash. She didn't leave even with me standing in the window taking pictures. Not until she was full.
I am wondering when the skunk will wake up.........

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy.......

There is nothing like the first breath of Spring. Today I stood at the open window listening to the birds and my 3 year old playing outside in the snow. He came running up to the deck and yelled "look Nanny mud" He was so excited to have mud on his hands. Me not so much. Made me think about my poor garden this year. He has the attention span of a gnat, so warnings of stay off the garden fall upon uninterested ears. Sigh!!!! he had a great time though and went without gloves just so he could play in the "mood" as he says it.
Meanwhile I could have sworn I heard a Robin today. We often have them return before they can possibly get into the dirt. I suppose they can still find berries. Not sure how they make out until the earth warms enough for worms and grubs to be available. I have yet to see one though but will be looking now.
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I have not seen the Starlings for several days now, they seem to have moved on. The feeders are dominated by the small birds at the moment. Even the Blue Jays are staying away. I bet they are all nesting. We had Starlings nest in our eves one year. We left them to raise their family but she had at least 4 batches so it was Fall before we could destroy the nests and close it up.
I believe the Cardinal couple are looking for a nesting place they have been hanging around a lot. Courting in the trees outside. A happy couple.
I see buds on the trees just daring to take a peep and see if its time to open yet. Today against the very blue sky, they stood out.
The sun is warming up..........pretty soon it will be too hot for me. I love the Springtime before the sun gets hot.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Courting Cardinals........

So he has been with her all winter. At my feeder every day. So now, here comes Spring (he thinks) and he is courting sweet is that.
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Every morning at 5.30 or so, he begins singing his heart out.

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I have not seen them together since the bad weather at the middle part of winter. I see them both at the feeders but not together. So he must have to woo her each year once the babies have left.

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So she was sitting in the bush singing............soon after he shows up.

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Ah well when all else fails, just like a guy. Time to eat.
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Saturday, March 2, 2013


March winds April showers
Bring forth May flowers

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Some of our worst storms come in March. I am hoping they will just not happen this year. We have so much snow it just better help with the Lake levels after all this. The water table is low and has been for several years. People have got used to more beach front.
The snowdrops are one of the first Spring flowers, although we often see Crocus up close to the houses where its warm.

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Well the sun came out for a short time today but it was so very cold. I could not stay out at all. I refilled the bird feeders but that was it. We cant get the snow off the deck because its so frozen. Its hard to clean off the mess from dogs and birds. The seeds freeze into the snow. We do try to keep it as clean as possible but its very hard.

The pansies come up blooming from under the snow

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The pansies bloom through to the heat. Once it gets hot then they die off unless in a real shaded area. Soon after come the Violets. I chose this picture because of the cute little critter among the Violets

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Soon, soon it will be here, it will be Spring.

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